grapics card help

By dietrying · 17 replies
Dec 27, 2005
  1. i got halflife2 but i dont know what my grapics card is so do i just need to update it or buy a new 1? and how do i cheack 2 c what kind it is?
    all help is appreciated!!?:/
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Go to run in the Start menu and type Dxdiag in the box. Press enter and in the window that loads, click the display tab. That'll show u info on ur gfx card.
  3. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i did that but where dose it tell the type?
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Click the Display tab.
  5. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok it says i have dirextx 9 and thats the prefered system so y is it saying that my video hardwear dose not meet the minnimun requirerments???

    omg im so confused :confused:
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Right click on the desktop, click Properties-Settings-Advanced-Adapter. What kind of computer do you have?
  7. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it says nvidia riva tnt2 model 64 pro
    its a sony vaio and i tried to go to the nvida site and upgrad it but it still did not work
  8. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    What do you mean by 'it didn't work' - the driver install failed or the game isn't working?

    You have to give more details...

    BTW - I have a Riva TNT2 Ultra, and HL2 was a really painful experience, it's a great game, nothing wrong with it, but our cards are way to old to do such gaming, even when it starts to run, you'll be looking at 20fps max at lowest details and res, I know mine ran it like that :(

    Also, new Forceware versions tend to suck for anything older than GF6 series, yet in the other hand they iron out HL2 problems...
    So it's really hard for us :(
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Get a new one man that thing is seriously outdated stuff. U can get really good ones for under $200, like the X800 GTO/the 66800Gt or, even better, the X1600XT/6800GS, depending on which manufacturer u prefer.
  10. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    Bah, we should at least try to make a suggestion or ask a question, rather than jumping on the 'your harware sucks, buy new one' wagon.

    I think he knows as much as I do that our cards are outdated, but he asked us for help not which card to buy :(

    Dietrying, try installing some of the ForceWare 7x.xx series of drivers, preferably, if they dont work, you'll have to try 6x.xx.

    The new drivers claim to support for down to TNT, but it's not true, the support has to be added, and even if the install works the driver may cause incompatibility and crashes :(

    If no driver really works, we could recommend you a card, given that you provide us with a budget, but I'd rather solve it without you spending money.
  11. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so where do i download the new softwere?
    and im not spending 200$ on a component 4 a 40$ game
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Try the NVIDIA home page for starters. Or Google it. I think however u'll find it at NVIDIA's site.
  13. MCChopper

    MCChopper TS Rookie


    All This person needs to get if the GPU is un-able to support the game is Geforce 2 MX400 64bit because call of duty works perfectly fine on my and i can run Hidden& Dangerous 2 on my computer and i have that exact same GPU and it is like £40
  14. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    and how much dose that cost AND where could i get it??
  15. dietrying

    dietrying TS Rookie Topic Starter

    and btw when i said it "dident work" i ment it said it worked but the game still said it was not the right hardweare or what ever i said be4
  16. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    You can likely get a card that will play the games listed for $35-$70 USD, so you wont have to "break the bank" if all you're interested in is COD and Halflife/Halflife2.

    You should google and download CPU-Z and run this program. it has an export button on the last tab. If you do this, you can cut/paste the file and post it here. From there, we can give you direct links to cheap, low-budget cards that will offer better performance for more modern gaming.

    Also, it would help if you let us know where you live geographically. If you're in the USA, Canada, Europe or elsewhere.
  17. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Then switch to console gamming, JK with you

    You can get a descent card around $100. Tell us you're price range and we will be glad to help.
  18. jamespoacher

    jamespoacher TS Rookie

    if your anywhere near the uk you can get a good quality card for about £30 ($45-$50) i payed £34 for a radeon 9550 256mb and it's adequate for the games you want to play, but... if you get directX7 hardware, Geforce 4/5 then you'll more than likely get good fps in hl2 and cod 2 as they have seperate support for direcX 7. the 9550 does run hl2 a bit choppy though all depending on what your other hardware specs are,

    if you tell us


    we might be able to help you a bit more with your problem
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