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Dec 07, 11 at 3:42am ^Rage working on an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
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Notes: The following totally eliminated a problem I was having with many darkish rectilinear artifacts flickering in the environment, and the game running at slideshow speeds. Texture streaming is still off, but I read somewhere that you need at least 1 GB of physical video memory for the Mega Textures to stream properly, so I will live with it until I finish my 1st playthrough. This guide assumes that you have a good knowledge of Windows Operating Systems. You have to be patient, and follow the steps for this to work. Those with higher spec machines should experience better results.
My Notebook System Specs:
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Physical Memory 512 MB. HyperMemory 2287 MB. PCI Express 2.0 x 16. Core Clock 450 MHz, Memory Clock 600 MHz.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.2 GHz
Hard Drive: Hitachi HTS 723232l9SA60, SATA Interface, 320 GB, 7200 RPM.
Ram: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM. Do not know the Manufacturer or any other Specs.
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, build 7600)
As you can see, this is a low spec system for playing Rage or gaming in general.
Additionally, I don’t know if this matters, but I had 70 GB free on my HD when I started.
(1) Whatever Catalyst Drivers you have, set everything to default, then go to Control Panel and uninstall all ATI and/or AMD software that you see. Don’t restart when prompted. Next check all your subfolders under c:\users, and delete anything that is titled ATI or AMD. Now shut down your computer then boot it after a minute has passed.
(2) Defrag your Hard Drive. Do this just before you go to bed and it will be finished when you wake up. When it is complete, shut down your computer, and then boot it after a minute has passed.
(3) Go to http://support.amd.com/us/Pages/Catalyst-Hotfixes.aspx and download AMD Catalyst™ 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver. Choose custom install and make sure everything is checked, and then follow all onscreen instructions. When everything is finished even if it prompts you to reboot, shut down your computer, then boot it after a minute has passed. Open Catalyst Pro Control Center and select Gaming from the left menu list. Check Disable Catalyst A.I. and set Wait for vertical refresh to the extreme left ( Off position)
(4) Install Rage and everything that came with it (Direct X , Visual Basic etc.) Then shut down your computer, and boot it after a minute has passed.
(5) Install the Rage Update 1¸ then shut down your computer, and boot it after a minute has passed. (If you already have the game installed, skip step (4) but run the update regardless) Launch the game and make sure the Video Settings look like this:
Resolution: 1280 x 720 (for a 16:9 display)
Anti Aliasing: 8X
Texture Cache: Large
Aniostropic Filtering: Low
Then shut down the game without playing it.
(6) Find the file ( C:\AMD\AMD_Catalyst_11.10_Preview3_Windows7_Vista/Packages\Drivers\Display\W7_INF\B126904\atioglxx.dl_ ) and copy it to the directory where Rage.exe is found. DO NOT MOVE IT. COPY IT. Usually ( C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda Softworks\Rage ). Then change the extension to .dll, so that it looks like ( atioglxx.dll )
(7) Now create a text file where the contents read:
com_videoRam 512 (this should be whatever the physical memory on your card is)
(I know that image_anisotropy is listed twice, and the vt_pageimagesizeunique and vt_maxPPF #’s are for higher spec systems, but this is what worked for me and after a week of fiddling with these #’s, these are the only settings that worked)
Change the file name to ( rageconfig.cfg ) and place it in (….\Rage\base ) where ( Rage ) is the directory where the game exe is located and the ( base ) folder is at the top of the window. The file goes in the ( base ) folder.
(8) Navigate to ( C:\Users\(yourname or Administrator if that is how you logged on)\AppData\Local ) and create a Folder named ( id Software ) and within that folder create another folder named ( rage )
(9) From Start Menu, open Control Panel then System and Security then System, and select Advanced system settings. You should be in a dialog box with the Advanced tab selected. Click on Settings in the Performance area, and then click on the Advanced tab in the next dialog box. Look for the Virtual memory area and click on Change. In both boxes for Custom Size type in 7168, then click Set then OK. Click on Apply in the previous Dialog Box, then OK. You should be prompted to reboot your computer, but ignore the message. When all of the Control Panel Dialog Boxes are closed and the reboot message is still on the screen, Repeat step (1) but don’t change the settings in Catalyst Pro Control Center, then repeat step (3). The settings in Catalyst Pro Control Center should still be the same. If you already have the installer, you don’t need to download it again.
(10) Now launch the game and there should be no artifacts, and the game should not run at slideshow speed. I still have some slowish texture streaming, but I have not found a way around that yet.
I wish there were not so many steps to this process, but this is what worked for me. Hope this works for all of you who try this.
P.S. After this eliminated my artifact problem I created a restore point, just in case it came back, but I still have not had to use it. I suggest you do the same.
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