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Video Problems?

by medclerk48 / June 27, 2005 12:16 PM PDT

Every time I try to play a game on my pc, my games start flickering, then minimizes itself. It is very frustrating, to say the least. Could it be my video card?
I have an NVIDIA Vanta/Vanta LT with 16 pixels and 8 MB. RAM.
The following is my cpu information:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name HOME-B6892B586E
System Manufacturer ECS
System Model P4S5A/DX+
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~1693 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T, 4/2/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name HOME-B6892B586E\Candy
Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 256.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 106.88 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 617.54 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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Re: Video Card
by TuneUp / June 27, 2005 12:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Video Problems?

The video card you're using seems to be too old for newer
games you might wanna upgrade your video card to at least
a 128MB or 256MB video card sense older video cards arent
supporting the newer games

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More Things That Should Help...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 28, 2005 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Video Problems?

I agree totally with the previous post...You'll need a more advanced video card to play advanced games..

Still, the steps in the links below should help things run smoother on the less advanced games:

CNET Computer Cleanup Links
For Windows 2000/XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" in the link below but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom.

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

Because the links for the "Services" are no longer functioning in the link above, use this one:

Services Guide For Windows XP

Next, clean out some of the Junk on the machine..
How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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more ram and better gpu
by AKonny47 / June 28, 2005 1:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Video Problems?

upgrade your ram to 1GB and the gpu to a 6600.


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