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New video card doesn't help with games?

by parkpointer / October 26, 2003 9:59 AM PST

I have a dell xps-r400 with 384mb ram computer running WIN98SE. The computer came with an 8mb video card which I recently exchanged for a 64mb ATI 7500 Radeon card. I especially like the TV feature, but the gaming features haven't improved at all. I was using MS flight sim 2002, which seems to slow to a crawl and even stop. I recently downloaded RAM Def XT in an effort to open up as much ram as possible before running the flight sim, but it still stalls out after 10-15 minutes of using the FS program. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be happening here? Any help would be appreciated.
System Info:
Dell xps-r400/384mb ram, WIN98SE os, always on DSL internet, 30GB HD at 70%.

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Re:New video card doesn't help with games?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2003 10:34 AM PST

This old PC isn't going to overclock easily. It's a Dell so I won't go into any details about that issue. BUT I will write the article titled Optimizing Windows at http://www.aumha.org/articles.htm plus expelling all parasites found with Adware, Spybot, Housecall, CWShredder and Stinger (all free items you find with www.google.com) will likely make this as good as it gets.


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Re:Re:New video card doesn't help with games?
by parkpointer / November 13, 2003 8:11 AM PST

Thanks Bob,
I have started to see a slight improvement in the gaming. I am getting nearly 15-20 minutes of sim time before the computer puts the brakes on and stops altogether, but that is an improvement.
I have downloaded three of the five you spoke about. I haven't been back on this thing until this evening. I will try a fourth cleanup using spybot. Each one seems to find something the others have missed. Thanks again!
parkpointer Happy

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Even a radeon 7500 isn't that great
by fordry / December 14, 2004 8:57 AM PST

If you want it to work well, you need to get a new computer

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New parts- old pc
by jcrobso / December 17, 2004 5:32 AM PST

There is a bible verse about puting new wine in old wine skins, that this is not a good idea. Somehow this can apply to PCs, putting in new and better parts does not change the fact that it is on older pc and you are limited by what the older pc can do. John

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