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Post Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:44 am

Sorry I frogot that they are:

Dell Latitude C610
With Direct X 9.0b
Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Mobile CPU 1000 MHZ
640.0 MB RAM
Display adapter: Radeon Mobility

Post Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:43 am

i think your problem here is the shared onboard video which is bottlenecking your memory bandwith. XP is a memory hog anyway and on laptops being used as gaming machines, even games which are supposedely within spec will often struggle.

you could go into the BIOS and see if you can increase the amount of RAM available for use as video-memory, the default is 16mb iirc for Latitude c610s which is appallingly low (hence why FL won't co-operate) you need to get that up to 128mb, also if possible set the AGP aperture to 64mb, FL like many other games seems to hate any other setting for that feature.

your cpu is ok but not brilliant for FL, although the P-III mobility is an excellent processor by any standards, I use two of them in my server because the cores are so good. You might also think about upgrading your overall RAM to 1gb if poss. I don't remember if you can use generic SO-DIMM or whether you have to use Dell's own.

Post Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:35 pm

Recommended is Dell's own PC133 SDRAM memory module.

Edited by - Indy11 on 1/7/2006 12:45:15 PM

Post Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:52 pm

*recommended* means in reality you can use cheaper memory, they just want your money; in the past, you often could only fit manufacturers own modules because the slots were in different positions. Thus you'd have to pay firms like IBM or Compaq $300 for a piece of RAM (oh yes)

Post Sat Jan 14, 2006 6:00 pm

My spec. is:
Intel Pentium IV 3GHz, Prescott, FSB 800 MHz, 1MB L2 cache, stock cooling
1024 DDR 400 MHz RAM (Samsung modules, Dual Channel)
Asus N6600GT 128 DDR RAM 900/500
Asus P4P800D
2x LG DVD/CD-writer
400W Chieftech
Samsung 913N 19" TFT-LCD Monitor
Genius 5.1 Speaker system 3,6 kW PMPO
A4Tech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Edited by - Barrier on 1/14/2006 6:03:28 PM

Post Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:19 am

dual-channel 400mhz works really well with the P4s dont it! how do you find the heat dispersal with just a stock cooler on the Prescott though?

Post Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:20 am

Welp, as I stated so long ago I upgraded. I now have:

Athlon64 3700+
1 gig DDR (G.Skill Dual Channel kit, 2-3-3-6)
200 gig + 250 gig HDs
Asus A8N-E board
DVD drive, DVD-writer drive, and so on.

The other thing that's new is the heavy-duty Enermax power supply.

One thing I found is that you have to be careful about how tight the screws are. I had to back the screws off a quarter turn to get the motherboard to boot (I think having them too tight was making the bottom of the board touch the case slightly, which shorts some components. Luckily the power supply has an short circuit protector).

Edited by - Hahukum Konn on 2/9/2006 9:36:59 PM

Post Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:42 am

This is what I have been working on for the past few months.

Custom built and modded case (about 65 hours of work because I took a 6 drawer
filing cabinet and converted it into a PC case complete with automotive sound dampening mat to quite this monster down.) The system sports 10 Evercool (EC12025M12 120mm cooling fans and 4 80mm exhaust fans.
AMD 2.8GHz oc'd to 3.1GHz
2GB Corsair XMS DDR550 Twinx1024-4400C25PT
2 512MB BFG Tech BFGR68512UOCX NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra PCIe video cards
2 73GB 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor SATA 150 Hard Drives
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs
Lacie-321 21" FPD LCD Monitor
PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 850w PSU
Water Cooling System
Danger Den DD-D5 12v Pump
Hardware Labs Black Ice Xtreme III Radiator
Danger Den Dual 5.25 inch Reservoirs
Danger Den MCT-5 Neon Green Cooling Fluid
Tygon 3603 3/8"id,5/8"od Tubing (22ft)
Danger Den Silver TDX Block Cooler for Athlon 64
Danger Den NV-68SLI Graphics Cooling Blocks
Danger Den ASUS A8N-Maze4 Chipset Cooling Block

This system is still not complete. I will be adding LED Lighting and a couple of Black Light sticks before it will be truly finished. After that I hope to have it in a PC magazine,if I can find one to take interest in it.
I had a blast building this and I will be starting another project with my son for his PC.

Someone once said if you play a country song backwards, you would get your dog, your truck, and your wife back. Stop the song before the end, because 2 out of 3 aint bad.

Post Wed May 31, 2006 11:28 am

How can i find a good way to see what hardware is inside my computer if there is any at all thx

Post Wed May 31, 2006 12:47 pm

open the control panel, go to System, click the hardware tab and you can view all your hardware specs with the Device Manager

Post Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:37 pm

das mine sys ya

5.6 mhz processer
2 gig memory (gotta upgrade!)
dvd burner
cd burner
4x sata raid terrorbyte( thats whatis called)
radeon 9550 128mb (gotta upgrade!)
asus motherboard (gotta upgrade!)

iam ο άλφα και η Omega

Post Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:31 am

I had a verysimilar problem when I upgraded my system from a 1.1GHz celeron and associated mobo to a 2.5GHz with a new mobo. The thing wouldn't even post. Turned out that XP doesn't like to change chipsets so i ended up wiping it off my hard drive (I have all my important data on my second hd for storage) and reinstalling XP. No problem since. Don't know if this might help or not and before trying Back Up Anything You Want To Keep.

The SpaceNuts always return.

Post Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:21 am

I'm having trouble with in-game sound on my new system. My old system had no sound issues at all.

I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen, and if they had found a fix for it.

My old system was:

AMD 2500+ Barton
SOYO Dragon Plus v2.0
512Mb Geil Golden Dragon DDR400
2x WD 80Gb HDs
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra 128Mb DDR
Using on-board sound
WinXP Home w/SP2

I upgraded to this:

AMD Opteron 152 2.6GHz (not OCed at the moment)
2Gb (2x 1Gb) OCZ Platinum DDR500
2x eVGA 7600 GT OC in SLI
Using on-board sound
WinXP Pro w/SP2

Both systems were set up with DX 9.

The sound cuts out on this new system. Mostly the dialog portion, but also the opening scenes in the single player game, and most of the video footage sound as well. The mission statements when you first leave base won't play most of the time, and the police scan speech, or any of the pop-up stuff when in space.

I'm going to upgrade to 4Gb of RAM, as soon as I go with a 64 bit OS. Already have it sitting on a shelf waiting.

I'm just starting to build an Intel system, based on the Pentium D 805, on an ASUS MB, so I'll probably try out FL on it too.


Edited by - Zapper2 on 8/18/2006 5:24:33 AM

Post Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:30 am

I can't use the SLWEDIT program. Some active X error or something. please help.

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