I OWN AN ASUS A4L A4000L SERIES NOTEBOOK, ENHANCING AN INTEL PANTIUM 4 PROCESSOR, 80 GB HDD, 2GB RAM, USING VISTA ULTIMATE. I WONDER IF THERE IS A WAY TO ENABLE AERO, AS FOR SOME REASON, SINCE I INSTALLED VISTA, ICAN΄T GET THE AERO EFFECTS.
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Yes, your mainboard supports up to 2GB of DDR memory. That does not change if you add a graphic card. Windows XP 32 bit can actually address up to 4 GB of total memory including CD, hard drives, and video cache. Note: Your mainboard only supports up to 2 GB, but newer boards can support much more memory, up to 16GB of RAM. If you could install 4 GB of RAM in your machine, it would still work, but windows would only address as much RAM as it can use; the rest would go unused, so it would probably show up as 3.5 GB of RAM then.
The GeForce FX5500 is an AGP Card (which is WAY outdated). Your board has a PCI-Express x16 slot (which is a good thing) so if you are planning to play games in the ilk of the NFS series, you can get an nVidia GT, GTS or GTX series card (I only assume you plan to get an nVidia-branded card; you still have options of purchasing ATI 4000- to 5000-series cards as well). these cards serve the purpose of entry-level to mid-range games. The only limitation of your rig would be the processor since it's a single core; but with 3 GHz & 2GB of RAM, you can play almost the entire NFS series up to Undercover, Shift & World. I'm not sure about Shift 2 & The Run: I think they require 2 cores at least.
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This is almost definately an overheating problem. If the card is the version with a fan, make sure the fan is working and that there is no dust etc. clogging the heatsink fins. If like the picture above, it just has a large heatsink, make sure the fins are clean. Next make sure you have good airflow through the system, you may need to get another fan in the case and point it at the card to keep it cool. Finally, remember that this card isn't really suited to modern games ie. 32 processor cores, low bandwidth memory etc. It will be working very hard to run games. Try reducing the resolution and turning off anti - ailising to reduce the workload. I had the 9500gs and although it did a good job, I ultimately worked it too hard and I had the same problem you are experiencing. I changed mine and bought a Radeon HD5770, no problems now. Hope this helps.
Minimum System Requirements are as follows:
Hard Drive Space :
8 GB Free
Operating System :
Pentium 4 @ 3 GHz
1 GB (2 GB for Vista)
Yes, it should run the game without problems if the rest of your pc specifications meet or exceed requirements.
2GB RAM should be about $100, the same for installation. Your current graphics card meets the specs you provided. An upgraded video card will be about $200 for one that will work, $300 for one that will work well.
ya tuff on that 1650 chipset i would sell it on ebay get yurself 1950 ok or 8800 best bet for vista those 1650s off new egg sumtimes are fulty chipsets in vista its tuffer yet bestto buy ati brand also