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Re: cannot play games
One gig of ram is still very low for major gaming. For good gaming, you should have no less than two and preferred, you should have four or more. The card is ok as long as it is 256 megs of dedicated not shared memory.
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You can put any graphics card in any machine you just need to install the proper driver
Use to be a jumper on the mother that disabled the onboard video but today I think the soft hardware saves use the trouble.
You can run 2 monitors at one time using the 2 video graphics... card and the one on board just set you display properties
The card is most likely NOt the problem, best thing to do is upgrade the Graphics drivers and other drivers... If that doesnt work...
Check to make sure the Ram is sufficient,
I believe it would be the problem if its a older card, and Sims 3 is a high Polygon game. and Alot of radeon cards Get old quick.. if You really want to play sims 3 Upgrade your Video Card If your running a Crossfire Mother board (Ati only) Buy one of the new Ati cards 4890 i believe is the newest one, Its a great card
If your running a Full compatibility board buy one of the new Nvidia's But before you buy make sure your Computer Supports it :)
You are just about at the "top of the line" for that motherboard. AGP is now outdated and your board does not support PCI express. The only boost from the video card you can get is a ATI 9800 Pro or equal. Although the 9800 doesn't support shader 3.0. Your memory is also low. Try getting another 1 GB ram. Best bet is a new motherboard with PCIe and 2gb or more ram with at least a video card with 512mb GDDR3 or more.
Lagacy board? AM2 Socket?
If so it has an AGP slot. Advanced Grapics Port. Go to;
type in AGP card and you will see lots of hits. Or go to :
I believe that they have a Raydon 9550 on sale right now which is a really good compromise between price and preformance for you present machine. Unfortunately the higher the price the better the card. The amount and type of RAM on the card seems to be the biggest factor. These are all my thoughts only.
Most gaming machines, now days, use one or more PCIe16 slots with multiple cards tied together. The AGP proceeded this.
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If the error message says "Cannot find any compatible Direct 3D devices" it means that you do not have a supported video on your system, and that you need to upgrade your video card.
The Recommended and Minimum System Requirements for the are game mentioned below your system has to meet at least the Minimum System Requirements for the game to launch on your system. Recommended System Requirements: - 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor - 1GB System Ram - ATI Radeon X800 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or higher video card 1.2. Minimum System Requirements Minimum System Requirements: - Windows XP - 512MB System RAM - 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor - 128MB Direct3D compatible video card with DirectX 9.0c compatible driver - CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive - 4.6GB free hard disk space - DirectX 9.0c (included) - DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card - Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework for toolset (included) - Broadband connection for multiplayer online play - Keyboard, Mouse 1.3. Supported Video Cards
- ATI Radeon X1900 series - ATI Radeon X1800 series - ATI Radeon X1600 series - ATI Radeon X1300 series - ATI Radeon X850 series - ATI Radeon X800 series - ATI Radeon X700 series - ATI Radeon X600 series - ATI Radeon X300 series - ATI Radeon 9800 series - ATI Radeon 9600 series - ATI Radeon 9500 series - NVIDIA GeForce 7900 series - NVIDIA GeForce 7800 series - NVIDIA GeForce 7600 series - NVIDIA GeForce 7300 series - NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series - NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series - NVIDIA GeForce 6500 series - NVIDIA GeForce 6200 series - NVIDIA GeForce 6100 series - NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 series - NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 series - NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 series - NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 series
Hello ... My best Suggest is U should buy a card of Nvidia , and the model is 8800 Gtx Ultra ... tat is a really awsom card and run almost ALL Latest games on Full High Graphic Settings ... and its also direct X 10 Compatible 768 mb card..