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Pixel shader and video drive

My daughter has two computer games one is Petvet2 and one is Hollywood Pets. One say we need Pixel shader which I know nothing about and the other one says the video driver is outdated.

I am in need of support figuring out what I need to do or upgrade to get these two games to run!!

Thank you,

Wendy Swanson
wswanson@poluscenter.org

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  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    The computer is a Dell Dimension 4500 and the service tag is CF85L11. I was hoping for a less expensive solution.

    Wendy

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    I was hoping for a less expensive solution since these two games are from scholastic and I did not want to pay alot for an upgrade. If I have to do let me know that.

    Thanks

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    My computer is a Dell 4500 Dimension and the service tag is CF85L11 if that helps. I was looking for an inexpensive solution.

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    I understand that but is there a cheaper solution than the 100 dollar solution already mentioned. Do I have to purchase two cards or can you purchase one with pixelshader on it. Do I have to actually have to purchase a card or do I go to a website and download it...

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    How do I find out how much ram I have???

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    Okay I downloaded the free download now what do I do with it.

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    Early today I was on the web with Dell and they were not really much help. I did download R41232.1 EXE and it did not take care of the problem!

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    How do I know what graphic card to get and where can I purchase that and how expensive is it?? Is it easy to install once you get it???

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    It is not available from Amazon - it is out of stock.

    I guess I will end up going to a computer store and trying to solve the issue.

  • wswanson Feb 06, 2008

    Thank you so mich!! I was getting frustrated - not at all of you for your support just at the fact that my daughter buys these very inexpensive computer games and it turns into needing to purchase videocards. Your suggestion of just going to the computer store and talking to them really put my mind at ease! Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    My daughter bought the game Pet Vet 2 and it says Pixel Shader unavailable, is there a web site where I can download it or...



    Anyway, I aready checked a few sites and there was no luck.



    Thanks for your help.

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Wow, looks like you guys got the problem solved. anyway,


wswanson, what you need to do is upgrade both your drivers for both computers. Certain games have certain requirements in order to function. As what youve mentioned, pixel shader is one of the most advanced video shaders in the market today. Having this and your video drivers set to the most recent drivers is a must in order to cope up with the bustling games of today.

Reading the above threads, you dont have to worry, just follow what my fellow experts advise and hopefully you will come up with a solution to fix your problem.

Good Lucks and regards. :)

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    earl norman llanera Feb 06, 2008

    BTW, my mistake. its only 1 computer right,



    those 2 games require you to have a VIDEOCARD with pixelshader.



    good luck :)

  • earl norman llanera
    earl norman llanera Feb 06, 2008

    hi here wendy, the best solution you can do is bring your tower to the computer shop and from there, they can manually look for a compatible videocard with the best possible solution and specification that meets your needs.



    there are lots of videocards that are under 100$ with pixelshader and thats what you're going to ask in the computershop ok.



    good luck and hope youll find a video card. :)

  • earl norman llanera
    earl norman llanera Feb 06, 2008

    your very welcomed wendy. :)



    hope that your daughter can play now and have fun.

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HI,

Your first daughter is right u do need a pixel shader .And that can be done only if u have a graphic card.Anyways can u tell me how much ram do u have??

I need those details so that i can find a solution to ur problem..

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  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    Alright here is the system requirement of Petvet2:
    1.2 GHz Pentium

    256 MB RAM

    GeForce 3 (or equivalent) with 64 MB VRAM with hardware T&L

    600 MB hard drive space

    System requirement for Hollywood pets:
    Windows XP/Vista
    933Mhz Processor
    256MB RAM
    16x Speed CD/DVD Drive
    250MB HDD Space
    DirectX 9.0 compatible Graphics Card (GeForce 4 FX, ATI Radeon 9800 or equivalent)
    Keyboard and mouse

    so frankly both the games do need a graphic card and without that they cannot be played even if u update the driver itz of no use..

    Goodluck,
    Please don't forget to rate me as fixya..

  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    No sir you have to purchase a graphic card you can't install it..
    And only 1 graphic card is required to play both the games and it will also be very usefull in future..

  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    Just visit this link and buy it from amazon.128mb is more than enough:

    Click here

  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    It is very easy to install a graphic card.You need to put it into the Brown colour slot of your mother board which cums befor the three white colour lan cards.I suggest you to open up ur CPU and check it once or if u don't want to do it you can buy it from a store and ask them to fix it..A graphic will cost u anything between $60-$100..

  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    alright that will be better..
    It is better to buy it from a store and tell them to fix the card..

    hope ur problem gets solved soon
    Goodluck,
    Please don't forget to rate me as fixya..

  • Priya darshan Feb 06, 2008

    Your welcome..
    If u have anyother problems please do ask me and please don't forget to rate me as fixya...

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Your computer has on board video which does not support the pixel shader. The most inexpensive solution would be to purchase an Nvidia 8400GS video card for about 100 dollars. This would meet the requirements to play both games. Some of dells brand new computers have on board video that sadly do not have this feature. Once you purchase a new video card make sure you follow the website directions to update the drivers. Any other questions just let me know.

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Please tell me the model of your computer so that i will know the what to do.

Posted on Feb 05, 2008

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    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    Please download and install the , Chipset, and video, of the sytem, Just input the "service tag" (service tag is at the back of the computer) of you computer.



    Note: Install all the necessary updates of your system there.



    After installing the driver:



    Right click the desktop and then properties, setting tab.



    In the screen resolution

    make it higher(

    In the color quality

    maybe 32bit



    HOpe this help.

  • Emelio Navaja
    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    Please download and install the , Chipset, and video, of the sytem, Just input the "service tag" (service tag is at the back of the computer) of you computer.



    Note: Install all the necessary updates of your system there.



    After installing the driver:



    Right click the desktop and then properties, setting tab.



    In the screen resolution

    make it higher(

    In the color quality

    maybe 32bit



    HOpe this help.

  • Emelio Navaja
    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008
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    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    sorry for the post before i mess the site. Use the site above for your computer.



    melnavz

  • Emelio Navaja
    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    Please verify also the system rquirement of the games. and

  • Emelio Navaja
    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    download also the direct updates here; http://directx.en.softonic.com/



    install this program.

  • Emelio Navaja
    Emelio Navaja Feb 06, 2008

    Install that driver you downloaded if the solution does not work. its time you to purchase an add-on card. some other expert recommended gforce 4 fx as coolguy008 said.



    Do it. please.

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