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[PERFORMANCE] with Demigod, poor frame rates.

Poor frame rates

By on September 6, 2008 8:25:32 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I'm using a computer that is an


 Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_qfe.070227-2300)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.               
       System Model: Dell DM051                  
               BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
          Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D  CPU 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
             Memory: 1022MB RAM
          Page File: 765MB used, 1693MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
     DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

Card name: ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series
     Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
        Chip type: RADEON X600 (0x5B62)
         DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
       Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B62&SUBSYS_06021002&REV_00
   Display Memory: 256.0 MB
     Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
          Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
  Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
      Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
   Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6822 (English)
      DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
 Driver Date/Size: 6/3/2008 04:21:06, 306688 bytes

and I use broadband. For some reason when I play the game the game has poor frame rates and thus stutters. Also, the character models are either non-existant, I only know where my Demigod is by the ring underneath the model, or the visual is stuck on the map for a few minutes. The small army guys' visuals are either non-existant, only a shadow is there, stuck or they are all pure black. I also have 23G of free space on my computer, and I'm running the visuals on the lowest possible setting. Any help please?

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September 6, 2008 8:37:35 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I have similar PC, Dell Dimension 5150, and same graphics card. I posted initially that I had the Radeon x300 but I actually had the X600 like you. Anyways, Turns out your problem is your graphics card. View my post below.

September 6, 2008 8:48:07 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Yes, sadly the X300 or X600 is just so outdated that it is safe to say "you need a new graphic card"

September 6, 2008 9:31:37 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Yeah, your graphics card doesn't have SM3 and can't render the game correctly.

September 6, 2008 1:08:30 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Bring your PC to a local computer store (call first), and have them change your old ATI card for a more recent ATI card : you now can get a much better one (than yours) for under 80 $. Some stores will change the card on the spot, especially if you can keep the same ATI drivers : just doing the physical operation of removing & inserting videocards is relatively quick & easy to do -- unless it is a sophisticated, monster model which has some special space, cooling and wiring requirements. (You might have a friend who knows how to do it.) 

September 6, 2008 7:47:17 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Ah jeeze. I live in Ireland and I'm a poor broke college student. I'd kill for €80 for just a weeks worth of budget. Ironically, I'll be starting college in my first year as a Computer Games Designer. It hurts

September 7, 2008 8:55:03 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I did not suggest paying 80 euros for a minimally decent ATI-type videocard, but less than 80 dollars ($) -- which is 56 euros, converted from 80 US dollars. Since I live in Canada, I was thinking in Canadian dollars, which means even less : 52.7 euros.

A small, local store near where I live sells those 2 cards, which should run Demigod with good framerates :

Ati Radeon Sapphire 2600 Pro 512 Megs Pcie -- 73 CAN dollars = 48 euros

Ati Radeon Sapphire 3650 512 Megs Pcie      --  64 CAN dollars = 42 euros

Those are not great cards, but they'll do the job -- significantly below the 80-euro price-level. I wish you good ... luck.

September 7, 2008 10:32:12 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

While you're at it trash that pentium D and get an e8400

September 7, 2008 12:15:26 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

He would not have the cash for such an upgrade ! By the way, my Intel processor is 4½-year old : a Northwood P4 that is older than a Pentium D. Its 2.8GHz single core handles Demigod very well (having 2 GB of RAM must help). My problem is that my 3-year old, AGP GeForce 6800 requires that I turn off shadows & AA : if I do that, I get very good framerates.

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