Question about Dell RADEON X600, (128 MB) Graphic Card

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Call Of Duty 4, Need SERIOUS help!!!!!!

I have thsi graphics card on my DELL dimension 5150 and i want to play COD 4 without any problems.

I bought the game the other day and had a few hours good online playing until my screen turned blue.

It says that the ATI graphics driver caused it but when i download the newest updates the online game lags so much so i cant play it.

Do you have a fix to stop my screen turning blue or a fix so that i can download a driver that doen't make the game lag or go slow.

Thank you for your help

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  • flyert Nov 26, 2008

    I don't get the blue screen, but I do have the same driver and 1 GB of RAM. The problem I have is everytime I start the the game the resolution expands to where I can hear it but can't see it because I figure it's too big. I tried too adjust my screen on my desktop but the game still responds in the same manner. Any suggestions for my current setup? Thanks in advance.

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Hmmm. The blue screen isnt a good think. Even though people say what kind of model a dell computer is, doesnt describe the processor, memmory modules...how much...speed etc.

You need to uninstall your graphics drivers.

Download ccleaner and drivercleaner. Do a scan with both. Do a full driver clean with driver cleaner because it clears the junk out of your registry. Make sure you do a reg backup with both programs.

Now you can restart your computer and install the latest drivers.


the x600 card is a little on the outdated side and can probly run the game on low to medium. Start with 800x600 resolution and turn aniostropic and antiliasing off. Turn everything off that you think is necessary, start the game, and see how it runs. Download fraps so you can see your fps. If you get about 60 than you can turn a setting up. If you get 30 or lower, turn your settings down.

I hope this helps. Please contact me if you need any further advies. I also want to say that you should have at least a gig of memroy and hopefully 2 gigs to play the game at good settings.

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