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New at this. Game card Questions - HELP!

By TrayCgurL
Sep 3, 2006
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  1. ok.. like i said.. i'm new at this. I'm sure my question has probably been asked a gazillion times, so please try to bear with me. I just ordered an Inspiron B130 notebook from dell. It comes with an integrated intel graphics media accelerator 900. Is this anything like a T&L capable video card?? I have no idea what that is. Anyways the reason i'm asking is because I wanted to buy the Sims 2 game and I really want to make sure I'll be able to play it before i waste $40.

    This is what the requirements say for the sims game:

    If you have a T&L capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM then you need at least:
    800 MHz processor or better
    256 MB RAM if Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 2000
    At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
    If you have a non-T&L capable video card (an Intel Extreme Graphics or a Radeon 7000/VE Series) then you need at least:
    2.0 GHz processor or better
    256 MB RAM if Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, or Windows 2000
    At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
    Get the most current driver for your video card. The manufacturers usually have the video drivers on their sites for you to download. Visit the nVidia site, the ATI site or the support site for your computer's manufacturer for the latest drivers for those video cards.

    Supported video cards (and the more video memory the better):

    ATI RadeonTM series (7000 or better)
    Radeon 7000/VE series (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
    7200, 7500
    8500, All-In-Wonder 8500
    9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
    X300, X600, X800


    Nvidia® QuadroTM series
    Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4


    Nvidia® Geforce series (GeForce2 and better)
    GeForce2
    GeForce3, 3 Ti
    GeForce4, 4Ti, MX 420, 440
    GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950
    GeForce 6600, 6800


    Intel® Extreme Graphics (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
    82845, 82865, 82915




    What I'm getting with my computer is 1.70GHz processor (intel pentium M)
    512 shared DDR SDRAM
    80 GB harddrive
    integrated intel graphics media accelerator 900


    I really dont know a lot about computers but i have a bad feeling im not going to get to play it. So.. if i wont be able to, is there anything I can do - any extra video cards I can buy - so that it will run, normally, (not super slow) on my computer? I'd hate to think i just wasted $900 and can't even play a $40 game on it... because basically the only reason i bought a new one is because my old one was too outdated to play any new games...

    Please someone help and thanks for readin all this mumbo jumbo!!!
  2. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

  3. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    You also need to ad an extra 512mb of RAM. The video adapter in the notebook uses system RAM and 512mb isnt really enough for decent gaming performance.
  4. TrayCgurL

    TrayCgurL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how do i get more ram vegasgmc? seriously.. i'm computer stupid.. i thought i knew a lot about them.. but now that i'm actually buyin my own and figuring out all that goes along with them.. i realize i know nothing haha
  5. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

  6. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    if a corsair RAM Can fit there, then get it,
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