Trouble with Battlefield 1942

By loonygamer
Feb 2, 2006
  1. i bought BF1942 recently and somehow it runs slow on my computer.

    Intel P4 1.8 gHz
    512 MB DDR RAM
    128 nVidia GeForce4 5200 FX
    Verizon DSL

    it happens both in single player and multiplayer. i've browsed through a lot of tweaks and settings, i even overclocked my hardware, but it still has that lag. i have updated drivers, latest patches, and what else?
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Hello and welcome to techspot!

    BF2 is a very demanding game on computers, and your computer is a little on the old side if I can be straight with you.

    Probably your priority for upgrading is your video card. If you can spare $150 or so, you'd notice a big difference in your games if you went to a 6600GT card for example.
  3. loonygamer

    loonygamer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    not BF2!

    dude, im not talking about BF2, its battlefield 1942. i am over the recommended hardware specs and still has lag problems.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198


    The battlefield series are reet buggers to run.. even though my pc is way above spec for bf vietnam.. if i try and play it on anything over 32 player with medium effects it lags like a beeatch..

    For example

    MY pc

    2.8 ghz pro
    1 gig ram
    radeaon 9600 256 mbit graphics card

    Battlefield vietnam reccomended specs..

    933 mhz processor
    256 meg ram
    64 mb graphics cars

    Yet it still runs like crap on any thing over 32 player mode..

    Dont even get me started on bf2....

    I know this dosent really help.. but you are not alone in being confused! :)
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    My mistake, but still even for BF1942, the 5200 cards just don't give you enough love juice for gaming.
  6. loonygamer

    loonygamer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i want a 256 MB card, but should i get nvidia or ATI? and if there is anything below 150 bucks, please let me know.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    You don't necessarily need a 256mb card (although more MB is always a plus). It is more important to get higher clockrates, higher memory interface, more pixel pipelines, shader support etc.

    Here is a good entry-level card for $130

    The only problem you may have in upgrading to these more powerful cards is your power supply. Best to have at least 300W but perferably in the 400-450w range.
  8. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    Hey, Battlefield 1942 is a great game. It is a bit old. Yet people sometimes forget that its maps are pretty big. In the Video settings you will find view distance. Turn that down and you will have a better gaming experince.
  9. loonygamer

    loonygamer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey, does BF1942 support OpenGL, because from what ive heard, nVidia cards are good with OpenGL based games, and ATI is for Direct3D. and if it does, how do i set it?
  10. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    OpenGL isn't really popular with new games. Direct x 9.0 is everything now-a-days. sorry. Oh bf 1942 is Dx 8.1
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