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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 Mine crashes with spore

My specs
Acer computer 2.13 GHz, 533 MHz fsb, 1MB l2cache
up to 252 mb, mobil intel
graphic media accelerator x3100
1 GB ddr2 15.4 wxga acer crystal byte tmlcd(8ms/220-nit)


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  • nlitenme2 Jan 11, 2009

    Hmmmm....I thought the x3100 was acceptable. Do you have a suggestion on what to buy and is it hard to install? My son spent all his xmas money on this game! Thank you!!!

  • nlitenme2 Jan 11, 2009

    Ok, Thank you!

  • nlitenme2 Jan 11, 2009

    On the specs it says you need GMA x3100 and his computer says Graphics MEdia Accelerator x3100 so shouldnt that work? Why go to ATI? Im confused now.

  • nlitenme2 Jan 12, 2009

    BTW my message got attached somehow to someone elses. My post should begin with the line that startsMine crashes with Spore..." My specs for my son's Acer laptop are listed below that! Thanks!



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The card does not have the requirements to play the game. You would need to upgrade to a better video card if you want to play this game on your system. Sorry.

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    Roy Lonsinger Jan 11, 2009

    Look at the game box to find what it requires then got to the ATI website and they should have some great cards available in all price ranges.

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    Roy Lonsinger Jan 11, 2009

    It seems it should work then. Could there be a program running in the background that is conflicting with the game? Try using your task manager & close all running applications except the game. If that works then you have a conflict. You could then reboot & close each application 1 by 1 until you find the conflict. Hope this helps.

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    Roy Lonsinger Jan 11, 2009

    Other problem might be that your gma only has 256 mb. Some games want at least 512.



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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
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    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.

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