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I am trying to install sims 3 and it says that I need shader model 2. is there a free down load for that

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Please see the link below for the minimum specs for Sims 3

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/sujet-2946-system-requirements-for-sims-3

It sounds like your graphics card does not have the specs to support the game.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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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

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I got a Geforce FX 5500! i want to know... ''Shader 3''?


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