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Old 25 May 2009, 09:12   #11
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Graphics card is whatever Dell put in when they built it - according to Control Panel an Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV if that makes any sense? Somewhere or other it said 64MB so could that be the problem? I'm not buying a new computer just to run Ship Sim and being a Dell I doubt you can upgrade the "card" as its probably welded onto the motherboard I think.

I have no idea what DirectX is but I will type it into Google no I don't think so. The computer doesn't seem to have any problem running reasonable resolution video clips - stuff like the RIBnet Pwellyheli video from a couple of years back - but maybe this isn't a good indication.
Graphics card is probably the issue - sounds like an onboard graphics chip. The computer might have an AGP slot to take an external graphics card.

Latest DirectX 9 download is here:

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Old 25 May 2009, 17:38   #12
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OK thanks - I'll drag it out of the desk sometime (major operation!) but looks like it may have to wait till I get a new PC then which won't be until that stupid abortion called Vista is consigned to the dustbin of history since you can't buy anything with XP on any more

Thanks for the help, shame as it looks like a good game.
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Graphics card is probably the issue - sounds like an onboard graphics chip. The computer might have an AGP slot to take an external graphics card.

Latest DirectX 9 download is here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

Cheers

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We were given a brand new Dell left over from a job - pretty good spec and a fast machine. Went to put a PCI express card in it only to discover the power supply was so marginal you couldn't even add a 2nd hard drive!!! Had to buy a new PSU for it.

I also came across an older Dell where the heatsink/fan was epoxied to the chip to stop you upgrading - couldn't get the heatsink off to operate the zif lever!!!
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We were given a brand new Dell left over from a job - pretty good spec and a fast machine. Went to put a PCI express card in it only to discover the power supply was so marginal you couldn't even add a 2nd hard drive!!! Had to buy a new PSU for it.

I also came across an older Dell where the heatsink/fan was epoxied to the chip to stop you upgrading - couldn't get the heatsink off to operate the zif lever!!!
They do have the benefit of a) being cheap and b) not going wrong ever. We've got all Dells at work now, and have never had a problem with any of them some are now quite old. I'd buy another one just on that, having tried "no name cheap and cheerful" a few times in the past (2 desktops one laptop) and all of them blew up. Apart from adding more memory and bigger hard drives I have never bothered upgrading an old PC anyway, its usually just as well to buy a new one every few years. I'm about due now if I could only get one without Visterrrr infesting it but I don't see any point in buying something that will be slower than the one I've got.
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If you buy a "business" computer you can usually spec XP for it as a no cost option - very few corporate customers will touch Vista.

Which reminds me..........
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