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A810n video card upgrade

Which video card do you suggest that would be good for the Sims 2 on this machine? The game is not installing correctly and I am assuming it is the video card. Any help would be appreciated!

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Make sure that your system is on hardware compatibilty list ( enough Ram, acceptible OS, etc.) I would suspect the video card as a problem farther down the list. It will likely function to some extent with any card but possibly require and upgraded card for adequate performance

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We bought Sims3 for PC but now someone tell me that we must have bought the Sims and Sims2 then it can be install on the PC. Is that true and if so where can we get install disk to go on.


Hi. Welcome to Fixya!
You don't need to install Sims 1 and Sims 2 to be able to install Sims 3 to your computer. For the expansion packs and stuff packs for Sims 3 you need to install first Sims 3 base game for it to work on your computer. However your computer must have the system requirements of Sims 3 to be able to run it properly. Here is the system requirements for Sims 3 :
FOR WINDOWS XP

* Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 1 GB RAM
* At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
* 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

FOR WINDOWS VISTA
* Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
* 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 1.5 GB RAM
* At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
* 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
* 0.5 GB additional RAM

SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS
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

ATI Radeon™ series
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
4850, 4870
Intel® Extreme Graphics
GMA X3x00 series


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WHEN I TRY TO PLAY SIMS 3 GAME I GET A EROR MESSAGE YOUR VIDEO CARD DOES NOT SUPPORT SHADER MODEL 2 PLEASE UPGRADE YOUR CARD


a Video card (aka a Graphics card) is a physical component in your computer that renders images and graphics, the higher quality graphics card you have the higher quality of games and images you can play/render.

so what this error means is the graphics card that your computer currently has installed doesn't support a model of shader (think shadows) which is needed to run Sims 3 properly

you can upgrade these cards, but it all depends on other components of your computer as to which would be most suitable for you

if you know anyone with knowledge of computers consult them as it would be free, or otherwise you'll have to have a consultation with a computer technician at your local computer store

hope this helps.

Apr 14, 2011 | HP Pavilion F1703 17" LCD Monitor

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Directx


It means that your video card isn't powerful enough to run the game. The newest video cards out are DirectX 10.1 or higher. The newer the the game, the more powerful the graphics card has to be to run the game correctly. If you have a laptop then it won't be so easy to upgrade the video card as they are usually integrated into the motherboard. If you have a desktop, then you should be able to upgrade. Just be sure that you order a graphics card that is compatible with your motherboard.

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I have an acer travelmate 660 can i upgrade things like the ram and memory to play the latest games like the sims 2 or 3


Probably not. The ram and memory are the same thing, and it never hurts to get more. However, the key to running the latest games is determined primarily by the cpu speed, and a dedicated game card, which processes more video and sound information, and accelerates the video. As they say, you pay to play, and upgrading is the way, but the latest games require the higher end machines.

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HI I AM HAVING SOME TROBLE I BOUGHT SIMS 3 AND CANT PLAY


Get a video card as was recommended by EA. You have a PCI-E slot (also known as PCI-X or PCI-Express). You should be able to find one in the $80 range at any Best Buy or Fry's that will work.

Jun 29, 2009 | Gateway 831GM PC Desktop

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I need to upgrade the video card for my Gateway 7330GZ laptop


Hey,

looked over the spesifications of your laptop, the video card thats build into the laptop doesn't have pixel shader 2 support and it can't be replaced since its build into the motherboard.

noting you can do about it, other than buy a newer laptop with a better video card, almost any ati or nvidia card will do, if your going to buy one you can check in with me and I'll make sure its got what it needs to run the game or you can ask the sales people to check on it before you purchase it.

Thanks,
Ekse

Jun 08, 2009 | Gateway 7330GZ Notebook

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What can I safely upgrade to for gaming


0Hi there,

The Pavillion dv4t comes with a choice of specs to meet your needs. As you haven't listed them I will list the Minimum that you will need to run the games, that way, you can check them against what you have and decide if you need to upgrade.

I will list for Sims 3. Even with the basic dv4t you will not need to upgrade to play Sims 2.

Sims 3

Running Vista SP1

CPU (processor speed) - 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4 or Athlon 2400+
RAM (memory) - 2 GB
Video Card (graphics) - 128 MB (Nvidia GeForce Go 6200, ATI Radeon Mobile 9600, or equivalent)
Hard Drive (space for installation) - 6.5 GB and an extra 1.5 GB for custom content.

These are the minimum specs for running on a laptop.

Hope that helps

Tim

Dec 19, 2008 | HP Pavilion DV4T Notebook

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Installing new video card with DVI input


yes your computer will accept this video card. i have the same computer as a backup. in fact, if you had the money to do so you could upgrade this to a far better video card without worrying about the power supply.

Jul 31, 2008 | HP Pavilion a810n (PP164AA) PC Desktop

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Connecting Multiple Drives and new graphics card


1st issue...you can get an adapter to extend & spit one power plug into two at a very low cost,

2nd issue...if it is not causing any problems ,the next time it comes up, sellect "donot show again"

good luck
Terry

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HELP Installshield is giving me problems


Did you uninstall SIMS first? I would ask if you have added any new devices (like a new video card) to your machine. The idea is that a device driver is being installed and there may be a conflict or file that is locked while installing. Do you actually get an error? Please indicate it here.

1) Uninstall SIMS
2) Shutdown the computer, wait for 15 seconds
3) Restart the machine, if any new changes occur, let them happen, then start at 2 again until nothing updates.
4) Reinstall SIMS

If these don't work, make sure your machine still meets the minimum requirements of the game.

Also, see that the disk is clean. Possibly make a backup copy of the game on DVD/CD and try from that.

One more thing, make sure you scan your system for Virus.

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