TechSpot

will sims 2 work on my computer?

By RGLover641
Dec 3, 2006
  1. hey, I did a windows game advisor and I already bought the sims 2 and the nightlife expansion (plus holiday stuff) and will be getting it soon. The fact is when I did the advisor, it says the nightlife expansion will work fine on my computer and my graphing card is compatible with Directx 9.0c which I downloaded already, but for the sims 2 game, it says my graphing card is wrong. Will the game work okay with this system or at least work:

    Processor: Intel Pentium III 732MHz
    Display Card: Intel(R) 82815
    Memory: 256MB
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000
    Free Disk Space: 4.59GB
    Display Card Memory: 4MB
    Display Driver Version: 6.13.1.3196
    DirectX Version 9.0c
    Optical Drive N/A
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster PCI

    and if it doesnt, how do I update my graphing card?? I've tried everywhere to see how I can and I did download something to upgrde to intel 82845, which is good for the game, but it says my system does not meet the requirements. What are the the requirements to download intel 82845 or higher? sumone plz help of if u can or email me at RGLover641@hotmail.com

    all I want to know is if the game will actually work with my computer and if it cant, what can I do to make it work?

    also my manuyfacturer is Gateway.

    and now I bought more memory for my computer and getting a new graphing card card called 3DFORCE4 MX440 AGP 8X/4X 64MB DDR VGA/TV-OUT LP BRACKET INCL. I talked with gateway and they said it will work with these upgrades and I just want to know if they are right with getting new memory and a graphig card? they will be delivered to my house and I can install them myself.
     
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Go to this website:
    www.systemrequirementslab.com

    If you get Requirements then your system will run Sims 2 at great Frames Per Second and have sweet graphics!

    If you get a minimum pass then upgrade your system to the stuff it needs ( videocard, RAM or something else like that )

    If you fail do the same for the minimum pass results

    Hope I helped :)
     
  3. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    okay thanks. when my upgrades arrive I will try it :) Anyone else have tips please?
     
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Hmm... When you get the card make sure to update the drivers ( if it doesnt already ) so you can run the game with great performance! :)

    If you have problems with the game running just post in this topic or send me a private message :D
     
  5. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 273

    There you go again fishing for those PM's! lol
     
  6. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    All my upgrades cost only 109, which is a lot, but less than I expected. I hope it's worth it.

    how do you update drivers?
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Lol, I see what you mean mate.

    TimeParadoX: It would be better if solutions were posted on the forums, rather than via pm`s. That way it will benefit anyone else who has the same problem.

    Obviously, it`s impossible to use the search function for pm`s :p

    Regards Howard :)
     
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Lol I know but I like getting PMs, I get like 7 a day :D

    To answer that question just go to the website of the thing you want to update

    Say the product is a Logitech webcam or something, you go to www.logitech.com and go to the item you want and update it :D

    Or if you cant find it just go to www.google.com and search it ;)
     
  9. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    The sims 2 will NOT work on this system. The ram it needs is 256 or more and since your upgrading that that is good and it needs atleast a 32mb graphics card and your getting a 64mb so thats good but your still missing something. And that is the CPU you have a 732mhz cpu and the sims 2 needs atleast 800mhz. ALso night life requires 1ghz. So your going to need to upgrade the cpu or build/buy a new system. Also the holiday stuff packs requires 1 ghz as well.
     
  10. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    so you mean i wasted money buying the video card and more memory......I dont have money for a new cpu....

    how can i upgrade my cpu?
     
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Well GeekieNick101... I dont think the Sims needs a good processor to play the game since it's not really high-end graphics like FEAR / Oblivion and since her 732mhz is close enough to 800mhz it wouldnt be much of a problem... I mean I had 503mb RAM and I could play games that needed like 1 gig no problem :D


    1st you need to know what Socket your CPU is. Download Everest ( think that's what it's called ) from this website http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

    After you find out what socket it is... Say it's LGA 755 then you go to www.newegg.com and search LGA 755 and it shows you abunch of processors you can buy for quite cheap ( Only about $70-80 for entry level but if you want High-end processors those can be really exspensive )

    Hope I helped :)
     
     
  12. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    Yeah but it will run SLOW, I used to run the core sims 2 on a 2.60ghz and it was slow and to upgrade the cpu you would have to buy one that would fit the socket on your motherboard
     
  13. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    well thats a relief ;)

    welll......how much would a cpu cost...probably cant get one anyway.
     
  14. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    depends on which type and they dont sell p3's anymore so you would ned a new motherboard as well
     
  15. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    well the fact is I did talk to gateway and they said for sims 2, I only need those two upgrades...

    I will be upset if it cant work
     
  16. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

  17. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

  18. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    Well then it might work jsut be very very very slow
     
  19. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    but the fact is 70 and up for a processor, I can't buy that right now :(
     
  20. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    It will work, It's only like 50MHz from the 800 so it's not much of a diffrence
     
  21. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    well thanks both of you. I will just wait and see what happenes :)
     
  22. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    it might work for the core sims 2 but not for the add ons they need 1ghz

    They may have changed the specs for the game bestbuys website for the core sims 2 says
    Minimum PC System Requirements



    PC Processor Speed 1.5GHz


    PC Operating System Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows 2000, Windows XP


    PC System Memory 256MB RAM


    PC Hard Drive Space 3.5GB


    PC Video ATi Radeon or nVidia GeForce video card


    and thats for the sims 2 mine might be less since its the first verison from 2004 when it first came out
     
  23. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    okay, you just got me worried though that I probably wasted money
     
  24. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    Sorry, well even if it doesnt work you still didnt waste your money your entire computer will run faster and better and by the way how much more ram did you buy you didnt say
     
  25. RGLover641

    RGLover641 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    256 mb ram

    which will equal in all 512
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.