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help with fixing lag in game

ok well im running a fairly new comp, it is an a730n HP... i use all the good programs spybot adaware i have antivirus etc... i just got half life 2 which btw is an awesome game, and it consistently lags... i have dsl 300k but that cant be the problem cuz it can run w/o internet... when i run it, i only have antivirus and windows firewall in the backround... is my comp not powerful enough to run it properly? do i need a video card or sumthing? if i do what do u recomend?

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What does the game's packaging say

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for minimum requirements and recommended requirements for the game?

And how does your computer specs match up?


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im not to good with computers but it is not an old computer so i would expect it to run ok... im running it on an HP a730n.. for specs go here <a href='''' target=''_blank''>a730n</a>

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Well the HP looks good enough from the specs certainly, although doing a search for Half Life 2 on Google I couldn't find out the specs required to play the game. And it looks like the video card is integrated with the motherboard which may not be best for some games, but that's something I don't know much about.

Here's a link for you;*VywIh

It's the Steam forum page. You may find questions there similar to yours, and possible answers, or if not, perhaps you coud post your own? If so, mention that the video card is an Intel High Definition (HD) Audio
Video Chipset: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900, Video Integration: Motherboard and shared Video RAM (Max): 128 MB. It may have some bearing.

Question: Do you have problems with lag for any other games or applications?

Good luck.

Oh, and for your information, the <a link anchor for posting links doesn't work in these forums. If you want to post a clickable link, just post the whole url with the http:// and without any anchors.


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thanx a lot... i will ask on the steam forums

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Re: Lag in game.

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Hi Drumf,

I have the Half-Life2 game and you have an excellent computer powerful enough including good enough RAM for excellent gaming except deficient in video graphics for the newer more demaning/powerful recent two new games like Half-Life2 and Doom3. Your HP a730n came with Integrated (on board) Intel Graphics Media Acellerator (GMA 900) which is good for all kinds of business and internet applications, but weak in powerful gaming. It will play Half-Life2, but not very well as you have noticed. You may be able to help the lag in playing the game by being off the internet, and temporarily closing those tasks/programs running in the background, including any spyware, firewalls, anti-virus programs, etc. Be sure to reboot after playing so that those programs are reinstated.

You are fortunate in having a chipset that allows you to upgrade your graphics to a PCI-Express x16 Video Card which would be a tremendous improvement and allow you to play the most demanding current games. When you upgrade be sure to get a PCI-Express (PCIe) card which replaces AGP for the future, and not the regular PCI card.

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Oh, re what card..

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I would suggest the Nvidia 6600GT PCIe as a good card for the money to handle anything. If you desire to spend a little more, then the plain Nvidia 6800 would be the next step up. Higher than that IMO is for competition, critical gamers with a few $$, and chest beaters.

Can see how they compare in different games here:

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Video Card

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That Radeon 9600 card is for a computer with an AGP slot. Your HP a730n has the latest technology in video slots, PCI-Express X16, and does not have an AGP slot.

I strongly recommend the Nvidia Geforce 6600GT PCI-Express for as low as $166 that you could select amoung these. (The 6600GT is recommend by gamers as a good buy in performance for the money)

The latest top end gamers video card is the Nvidia GeForce 8700 which cost $599.

Other good PCIe video cards that will play well in your computer:

Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $122

Radeon X700 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $124

Radeon X700PRO 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $128

Radeon X700PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $154.50

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hey thanx a lot man... i appreciate u letting me kno that the 9600 wouldnt work on my comp cuz i would have bought it... i now have a better understanding of video cards and from ur recommendations i think im gunna pick up the geforce 6600... i would get the 6600gt but im not a 24/7 gamer and plus im not willing to spend that much money rite now... thanx again

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PNY Verto..

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PNY Verto has been around for some time and is as good as any other brand IMO. I have never bought anything on ebay. CAREFUL......

Notice his ad is for a "PNY Verto GeForce 6600GT AGP 128MB Video Card" (AGP) and his title just above the picture of the boxed card:

"PNY Verto GeForce 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 AGP
Graphics Card "Brand New" " (AGP)

HOWEVER....the photo of the BOX shows:
GeForce 6600 GT PCI Express and goes on to give info on a 6600GT PCI Express card.

The seller may not understand the difference between AGP and a discussion is needed with him.

Also the box looks like a 'Retail' box ...ask, because 'OEM' or what some may call 'white box' or 'bulk' may not have all the English written material installation instructions or a CD with the 'Drivers' etc...

The PNY Verto 6600GT:

Places to buy the PNY that you may want to check out on the net for prices:

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wow i didnt notice that... yea i kno ebay isnt always the best source for shopping... so im going to ask him if it is AGP or PCI rite? and if its AGP, then i mite as well not buy it because my comp duz not have a slot for it correct?

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Yes, right , but....

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keep in mind it is PCI-Express (PCIe)that you want as there are PCI cards (PCI 2.3 compliant) for those PC's that do not have an AGP or PCIe slot.

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ok thanx..

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so PCI is good and AGP and PCIe r both bad??

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Gee, hope we are not doing the Abbot/Costello

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routine....Who's on First. Silly have a PCIe x16 motherboard slot and cannot use an AGP card, and do not want a plain ole PCI card. You want a PCIe (PCI-Express x16) card.

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video card

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ok kool... so now i kno its my video card that needs improvment... i dont kno much about wut u said -PCI- but for my system, what card would u recommend?

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(NT) (NT) Please see my above reply "Video Card"

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