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EA Game ''Spore'' - Videocard & Driver Issue


I just loaded Spore onto my computer:

HP Pavillion: 3Ghz, 1Gb Ram, Win XP 2002 Version Sp 3
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9250 256 Mb, Pixel Shader 4.0

When I try to run the game it tells me my video card does not meet the min spec. I tried to search for new drivers using the device manager and was told there are no better drivers than I have currently.

Anyone have any ideas what the problem is or know of a fix?

Let me know if you need any more details.

Thank you

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Well, I can solve it but it is somewhat bad news. Basically your video card is not powerful enough. Here are the ATI specs from the EA website;

  • ATI Radeon™ series
  • 9500, 9600, 9800
  • X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
  • X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
  • 2400, 2600, 2900
  • 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
  • 4850

    and here are NVIDIA
  • NVIDIA GeForce series
  • FX 5900, FX 5950
  • 6200, 6500, 6600, 6800,
  • 7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
  • 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
  • 9600, 9800, GTX 260, GTX 280
    I would recommend buying a new video card. You can pick up a NVIDIA 8400 thru 8600 for about $30 or $40 from or sometimes cheaper with rebate.

    They are fairly easy to install.

    Good Luck.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2008


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