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Problem running Quake 4

by Lifetime Ban / February 22, 2007 9:35 PM PST

This is my first post on this forum so please be patient with me. I am experiencing slow loading and disjointed running of Quake 4 on my desktop.
I am currently running an AMD 64 Dual Core 4200+ processor with 1GB of RAM as well as a 512MB 9300GT graphics card in a Gigabyte tower with 350W power supply. I also run this program on my laptop which is a HP dv5000 with a Intel 1.6GHz Duo processor, 1Gb of RAM and a Nvidia 256MB graphics card and the program runs fine, no unwanted pauses or slow loading. It seems to me that my desktop should be more than capable of running the game properly. Does anyone out there have any ideas?

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Correction to last
by Lifetime Ban / February 22, 2007 10:47 PM PST

Sorry guys, there is a typo. My graphics card is a 7300gt.

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No real answers from me, but
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 22, 2007 10:54 PM PST
In reply to: Correction to last

that power supply may be a little weak.

Many find that a power supply of anything under 450w can cause performance problems.

Mark

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power supply
by Lifetime Ban / February 23, 2007 12:35 AM PST

You may have a point, but the machine is running Prince of Persia The Two Thrones and The Battle for Middle Earth With no probems whatsoever.

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Was that machine homemade or some HP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2007 10:53 PM PST

Many miss that forum tip which could reveal clues to this issue. For instance when I read "XP Pro" I know it's likely the owner installed the OS and may have forgotten motherboard or other drivers. I don't see this error on ready to use machines (once so that's too rare.)

-> One of the big complaints I have with installing Windows is that it's not easy enough. There is no sign this will improve so it's up to you to write down how to install your os in your notebook so others can look it over and see if they have an idea where the issue is.

Bob

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OS
by Lifetime Ban / February 23, 2007 12:40 AM PST

The machine was made to order and I installed XP home. Also installed XP home on my laptop which has no problem with the game.

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So where are the install notes?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 12:44 AM PST
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Since it was a made to order, share how they supplied the steps to install the OS and all those nutty drivers. Or tell us more about versions of motherboard and other drivers.

-> A common pitfall is that driver area. Microsoft didn't handle it so you get to.

Bob

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Some thoughts
by jackson dougless / February 23, 2007 1:55 AM PST

Just a few thoughts that you can test.

1: XP DMA bug
2: Graphics card drivers need updating
3: Malware
4: McAfee VirusScan

The power supply does seem woefully inadequate, however, if that were the problem you'd be far more likely to be experiencing a problem with rebooting during gameplay, not degraded performance. If an nVidia card is underpowered, you should get a dialog box stating as such. So either you neglected to mention this, or you aren't receiving it because your card isn't underpowered.

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