Sims 2 compatibility

By muyfamily · 8 replies
Nov 19, 2005
  1. My daughter recieved Sims 2 for her birthday. I am concerned that it is not compatible with our Inspiron 1000. I hesitate to even open the package if it won't work. What if I can't return it? She will be disappointed but will just have to pick another game instead. Any suggestions for a different game?

    Full specifications
    for Dell Inspiron 1000

    Manufacturer: Dell, Inc.
    Part number: 1000C3

    ProcessorProcessor type Celeron
    Chipset type SiSM650
    Clock speed 2.20 GHz
    Data bus speed 400 MHz
    Processor manufacturer Intel
    OS ProvidedOS provided Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    RAMRAM Technology SDRAM-266 MHz
    RAM installed size 512 MB
    Optical StorageCD / DVD type CD-RW/DVD
    CD / DVD drive CD-RW/DVD Integrated
    CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
    CD / DVD rewrite speed 10x
    CD / DVD write speed 24x
    Optical storage enclosure type Integrated
    Optical Storage (2nd)2nd optical storage type None
    Audio OutputAudio output compliant standards AC '97
    Audio output type Sound card
    BatteryBattery capacity 65 Wh
    Battery technology Lithium ion
    Installed battery qty 1
    Mfr estimated battery life 2.5 hour(s)
    GeneralBuilt-in devices Stereo speakers
    System type Notebook
    Cache MemoryCache Memory Type L2 cache
    Cache size 256 KB
    ModemMax transfer rate 56 Kbps
    Modem protocols & specifications ITU V.92
    Modem type Fax / modem
    Video OutputGraphics processor Integrated Graphics Card
    Video output interface type AGP
    Display (Projector)Display (projector) diagonal size 15 in
    Display (projector) technology TFT active matrix
    Max resolution 1024 x 768
    NetworkingData link protocol Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Fast Ethernet
    Networking standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    Networking type Network adapter
    Dimensions & WeightDepth 10.6 in
    Height 1.5 in
    Weight 6.6 lbs
    Width 13 in
    MiscellaneousFeatures Locking device keyhole (cable lock)
    Storage Floppy DriveFloppy drive type None
    Storage Hard DriveHard drive 40 GB IDE
    Input DeviceInput device type Keyboard, Touchpad
    Interface ProvidedInterface provided 1 Headphones Output, 1 Microphone Input, 3 Hi-Speed USB, 1 Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, 1 Modem Phone line, 1 Display / video VGA
    Video MemoryVideo memory technology Shared video memory (UMA)
    Power DevicePower device form factor External
    Power device frequency required 50/60 Hz
    Power provided 60 Watt
    Storage RemovableRemovable storage type None
    Slot ProvidedSlot provided 2 (0 free) Memory, 1 (0 free) PC Card Type I/II
    SoftwareSoftware type Corel WordPerfect Productivity Pack
    Storage ControllerStorage controller type IDE
    Service & SupportService & support type 90 days warranty
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The game should run OK. It won't be as smooth as on some gaming beast of a desktop, but otherwise that machine is just fine.
  3. muyfamily

    muyfamily TS Rookie Topic Starter daughter thinks we are just too "broke" for a better computer. Ahhhhhh the mind of an 11 year old.
  4. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    You are going to need DirectX 9.0c as well as DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers for your integrated videocard if you wish to have any hope for this game to work.

    I'd start by testing dxdiag to see if all DirectX accelerated tests work properly with your current drivers. If not, you already have a problem. Hit the Start Menu, choose "Run.." and type: dxdiag

    It may ask you if you wish to obtain WHQL certifications over the internet. If the laptop is currently connected, feel free to click Yes... then once dxdiag launches, Click on the "Display" tab at the top. Look for any reports in the "Notes" window at the bottom that list warnings or problems.

    Finally, make sure all three DirectX Features areas are "Enabled"... and hit the "Test Direct3D" button. It will run through three tests: DirectX 7, 8 and finally 9. If it can do all three, this is the first step.

    After this, Sims 2 still may have issues. If so, you may need an updated driver from Dell for the integrated video. If you can run all the DX tests above though, this is the first step.

    Good luck!
  5. Gaminggurl09

    Gaminggurl09 TS Rookie

    Sims 2 Problem

    When I open up the EAsy Info program it says that my Display Memory is set at 0. The minimum requirements are 32. I don't know how to change the setting. Please help! Everything else seems to be in order so I believe this is the only reason why I can't play the Sims 2.
  6. WBeagle72

    WBeagle72 TS Rookie

    ok i have a problem where it says my drivers are not directx9.0c compatible and i just downloaded the newest driver from the company and it still says that its not compatible
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    You NEED to give us your specs., here check out my guide;
  8. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Guru Posts: 467

    You can run the game, but it will be very very slow and not look too great either,,

    Try getting a dedicated video card,,

    onboard will also give problems,,, like possibly DX9 installing,, or whatever,,
  9. Ryan07081986

    Ryan07081986 TS Rookie

    Time of this report: 5/28/2009, 16:42:38
    Machine name: EARTH
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.090302-1506)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
    System Model: FK571AA-A2L a6634f
    BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/08/08 09:56:52 Ver: 5.28
    Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
    Memory: 4094MB RAM
    Page File: 1779MB used, 6596MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode
    sims2 wont work for me, if this isnt the right info id be happy to send a full dxdiag report, plz help
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