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need for speed most wanted over bright inaccessible

By s_emblem
Dec 19, 2005
  1. when i play the game it appears dark. when i checked the display settings i observed that some options are off and not highlighted. and the same goes for the other games like nba live 06 in which the lighting cannot be turned on. im thinking of upgrading my video card, but i do not have an idea of what is appropriate to buy so that all the options will work..or is there something else i could do to improve the overall performance and graphics? by the way here are my pc's current specs: pentium 4 1.7 ghz, windows XP, Geforce2 MX400/440 (64mb), and just 256mb RAM..pls help me... :hotbounce
     
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

    It will depend on budget, how much can you afford?
    512mb's ram is better.
    128mb's video is better
    2.0 Ghz is better.

    All of the above will give big increase, Ram will be cheapest,
    then video card upgrade, then Cpu/MoBo (MoBo if needed)
    IMO you lack most in ram & video.
     
  3. ChineseTechie

    ChineseTechie TS Rookie Posts: 85

    Shouldn't it say on the box what's the recommended spec to play the game?? Check it out and follow that spec.

    cT
     
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    You are quite right!
    The minimum system requirements necessary to play Need For Speed: Most Wanted Black Edition are as follows.

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    Windows 2000 or XP
    *
    1.4GHz Pentium IV or comparable processor
    *
    256MB RAM
    *
    A video card with at least 32MB of video memory with DirectX 9.0c (or higher) compatible drivers, supporting one of the chipsets listed below.
    *
    At least 3GB of available hard disk space
    *
    DirectX 9.0c (or higher) installed
    *
    A DirectX compliant sound card
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    8X CD-ROM Drive
    ----------------------------------------------------


    NBA Live 2006 has the following minimum requirements. If your computer does not meet these requirements, the game will not run properly if at all.

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    Windows 2000 or Windows XP (Windows 95,NT,98, 98 SE and ME are not supported).
    *
    1.0 GHz Intel Pentium III or faster processor.
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    256 MB or more RAM.
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    1580 MB free hard disk space plus space for the Windows swap file and save data.
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    32 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video card
    *
    16x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive using 32-bit CD-ROM driver
    *
    Sound card with DirectSound support and DirectX 9.0c compatible driver
    *
    DirectX 9.0c

    Supported 3D Graphic Accelerators:

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    ATI Radeon 7500 or greater
    *
    ATI All-In-Wonder 9700
    *
    NVIDIA GeForce 2/MX/GTS/Ultra
    *
    NVIDIA GeForce 3/Ti
    *
    NVIDIA GeForce 4/MX/Ti
    *
    NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    *
    Intel i865g Onboard
    *
    NVIDIA nForce Onboard
    *
    NVIDIA nForce2 Onboard
    *
    Radeon 9100 Onboard

    During testing, some video cards using the Geforce2 MX, and Geforce4 MX
    series chipsets had problems running the game with driver versions lower
    then 61.76. It is highly recommended to use the newest drivers from NVidia
    with these chipsets.
    You can find these drivers at http://www.nvidia.com.
     
  5. s_emblem

    s_emblem TS Rookie Topic Starter

    if i buy a 128 mb video card does it mean that the inaccessible features of the game in a 64 mb will then be accessible with a 128mb video card? or will it only give me a performance boost?
     
  6. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Which game are you reffering to, nba06 or nfs?
    Minimum system requirements necessary,
    Tends to mean the game will run at lowest settings with these minimums.
    This means you are boarder line minimum on video and ram.

    This is where it gets sticky. Games induced upgrades.
    You most likely own each game now with a machine (you may not have known) that needed help.
    Ram and video upgrade will increase game performances.
    But I can not say about inaccessible portions.
    I haven't played either game to know.

    Your machine is a good one for it's day but newer games
    will continue to choke it or force you to run at lowest settings.
    When dealing with this situation, I advise ppl to save money
    towards full upgrade rather than piece meal and patch a system
    for the sake of a game.
    I'm certain you have games you like, that you've played well on this system.

    You may need to be satisfied for a time til you can build/buy newer system.
    This may not be what you hoped to hear and this is only my opinion.
    I'd just hate to adsvise you to buy video or ram and not have it run right.

    There are many others here that will advise differently, you may want to hold out for more before deciding...

    Best of Luck!
     
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