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Wadda ya mean "no graphics card"!!??
June 26, 2009 - 9:33 pm
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For the 2nd time in 3 years my daughter bought herself a new computer and sent the old one on to me.  She knows I kinda like fussing with them.  This time its a Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.3GB processor, 53GB HD (53?? Can you say small?)  1 lonely GB of RAM.

Now, there are 3 games that wouldn't run in XP on my Mac (the games are too old, I'm guessin'):  The Sydney Mystery and the 2 Last Half of Darkness games.  So I figured that I'd install/play them on the laptop.  I'm looking through the computer specs (asked daughter before she sent it, but she never pays attention to tech stuff), and, imagine my surprise (shock?  horror?) to find that it has "up to 64MB of shared video memory".  Holy smoke.

So, PC old-hands, I darned well know I won't be playing Fallout 3 (or much of anything else recent) on this laptop, but just how bad is this going to be with somewhat older games?

I'll be maxing out the RAM at 2GB, but that's all I can do for this 3 1/2 year old computer.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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June 26, 2009 - 9:48 pm
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For older games you might be fine, Spike. Some games, even older ones, just flat out refuse to run on systems with shared video memory, but if you go to 2GB and are running XP, a good number of classics should work nicely. In fact, you might have a machine there that's perfect for running certain old games that run too fast on modern systems - Dark Engine games like Thief and System Shock 2 are famous for this problem, for example.

Good luck!

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