Should I be having problems with BF Vietnam?

By nycgamer
Mar 23, 2004
  1. I would have put this question in the BF Vietnam thread, but let's face it ~ with so many posts already in there, chances are no one would every actually read mine.

    I'm a bit perplexed because my computer is pretty much built for gaming, and yet as I played BF Vietnam last night, it got progressively buggy with each level until on my 5th or 6th mission it was practically unplayable. Another time it basically just froze and quit.

    My C drive only had about 1.5 Gigs left on it when I was playing, so maybe that was it. I cleared a bunch of programs, including BF Vietnam, and now have about 7.5 Gigs free on the C drive, so maybe if I install it again and try it tonight it will be fine.

    I guess I'm just wondering if I cleared a bunch of programs for nothing. Other games, such as Mafia, Call of Duty, Max Payne 2, etc., don't have this problem on my computer. Are other people having this problem with the game? Below is a section of my computer specs for any technical experts want to take a glance and make a suggestion;

    System Information
    Time of this report: 10/9/2003, 18:56:38
    Machine name: MYVAIO
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp1.020828-1920)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
    System Model: PCV-RZ34G(UC)
    BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/24/03 11:24:42 Ver: 08.00.08
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Page File: 113MB used, 1136MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0 (4.09.0000.0900)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.0000.0900 32bit Unicode

    DxDiag Notes
    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

    DirectX Debug Levels
    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

    Display Devices
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Sony)
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce FX 5200
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_A0191043&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0001.4303 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
  2. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    Different games tax your resources and behave in different environments least in my experience. Cleaning your HD is always a good idea...but I guess the true test of whether it was justified is if you experience and of te same issues again. How big is your paging file, if I may ask?

    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they AREN'T out to get you...
  3. nycgamer

    nycgamer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I'm not sure what that is. In the computer specs I have there in my first post, is "Page File: 113MB used, 1136MB available" what you're referring to?
  4. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

  5. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    Sound advice from Acidmosis...

    ...and yes nyc, I overlooked your paging file size in your specs, and it's fine, as Acid mistake (that's 2 oversights for me today on's you where my head is at)...
  6. nycgamer

    nycgamer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Thanks guys. So the GeForce FX 5200 is too weak? That's a bummer. I'm getting Far Cry today so I want the best possible experience. I thought the 5200 would be enough. I don't want to have to spend the $$ on a new Vid card, but if that's what I gotta do... how much are those things? If I recall correctly, they range in price anywhere from $300-$500+.
  7. nycgamer

    nycgamer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Here's how two Nvidia Graphics cards compare ~ mine vs. the 5950.... I can see that the 5950 is better, but what I don't know is just how much of a difference these specs make from a performance/visual standpoint.

    GeForce FX 5200 Ultra:
    Graphics core: 256-bit
    Memory bandwidth: 10.4GB/sec
    Fill Rate: 1.3 billion texels/sec
    vertices per second: 81 million
    max memory: 128MB

    GeForce FX 5950 Ultra:
    Graphics core: 256-bit
    Memory interface: 256-bit
    Memory bandwidth: 30.4GB/second
    Fill rate: 3.8 billion texels/sec
    vertices/sec: 356 million
    memory data rate: 950MHz
    pixels per clock (peak):8
    Textures per Pixel: 16
    RAMDACs: 400MHz
  8. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    An incredible difference.

    What you currently have is Nvidias entry-level offering, whereas the 5950 is their current high-end and though beaten (in some test) by the Radeon 9800XT, is a very good performer.

    With it you will be able to run FarCry and BF:V at much higher settings than your current card could ever dream of doing. 8x AA and 8x AF with all settings high would be within reach (depending on the resolution).

    But if you're going to lay down that much cash for a new videocard, I'd suggest waiting until nVidia and ATI has announced (preferably released) their next gen cards.

    The first will (probably) be in April, and the latter in May.
    The reason I say this is that those new cards will press the prices on current cards downwards, so you'd save some cash.
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    The 5200 is a cheesy card, but you should still find games playable at lower resolutions (800x600 or less, for example).

    You may want to update your drivers if you haven't.
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