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Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 10:34am (PST)
Subject:   Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Hi, I bought Oblivion yesterday on disk and I haven't been able to play it yet. (Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give you all the info I have)

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My System Specifications (as scanned by Windows XP Game Advisor)

Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2200MHz
Display Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
Memory 1024MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Free Disk Space 114.33GB
Display Card Memory 256MB
Display Driver Version 7.1.2.0
DirectX Version 9.0c
Optical Drive CD/DVD
Sound Card C-Media Wave Device

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When I start it up (I have selected the lowest quality settings) the Bethesda video is reeeally juddery so I skip it and then the Oblivion IV video thing runs fine, as does the 'new' 'options' etc screen. When I select 'new' the movie of the old man is really slow and jumpy so I skip it. When designing my character the mouse lags and jumps around the screen so that was very hard going. Then when the actual game starts it is so slow there is no chance of me playing it.

I have looked at the Technical Support post, but all of those computers with my problem have low spec and my computer is quite new and supposedly high spec (I didn't get exactly what I asked for from the guy building my PC so I don't know, but he told me it is the same). I have deleted a lot of stuff off my PC but I doubt this was the problem since my two 150GB hard drvies have around 90% free space.

Please help me otherwise I'm going to have to return the game



Author:   Gordini
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 12:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Looks to me like your graffix card cant do the buisness.
If you get another look towards ATI rather than nvidia because ATI seem more compatable with the game.



Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 12:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Thanks Gordini! At the moment I have an NVideo Geforce 5500, what would your recommend I get?



Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 12:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Ooops sorry You already knew that. But still, what should I get?



Author:   Shattered Silence
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 1:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Well, that very much depends on your budget. I myself prefer nVidia cards, and if you have enough to spend, I'd get a GeForce 7900GTX card, but they're pretty pricey.



Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 1:13pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Erm, thanks for the advice but I'm looking at nowhere near that price!

I'm 16 and in the middle of my exams (aka no job) but I might be able to afford up to about £200. Will anything that price do the job? :S



Author:   Corellar
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 1:52pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Had the same problem with my AMD Athlon 3000 with 5700 videocard. Bought a n6800 (200 euro's) A major difference. Now I play the game in high quality.



Author:   Koloth
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 1:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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You could also try the x1600 if you want to go ATI. Very nice mid-range card for around $100-$150. Not sure on the conversion but should be pretty close.



Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 2:07pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Ooo thanks The ATI x1600 looks promising. Are you sure it will work Koloth?

And by n6800 do you mean nVidia or ASUS?



Author:   Breadfan
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 2:12pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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It'ed be best to know of your motherboard compat with the cards first though. Do you have an AGP board or an PCI-e board? Thats very important to know before you buy.

I guess you might have an AGP because of the outdated card, so I can suggest the nvidia 7800GS for around £200, and you'll be safe in the knowledge that you have the best AGP card available for a while.



Author:   Koloth
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 2:15pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Yes I am sure it will work. I am running the x1300 on a lesser system and I get very decent FPS on high settings. I had to do a few minor tweaks due mostly to my processors age but the video card was my savior.

And the x1600 does come in AGP if you don't have PCIe.



Author:   SirGrotius
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 3:24pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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I agree with the above mentions, your graphics card looks hopelessly outdated. One thing I'd mention when upgrading your card is to double check your PC's power supply, most newer cards have minimum power requirements which might tax your current PSU.



Author:   grumpygrim1
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 4:04pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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Thanks for the tip SirGrotius! And a huge thank you to everyone who has replied so far, you've been a great help.

Someone has recommended to me the ATi Radeon X800 GTO so I've compared it to the x1600 on this site http://www.gpureview.com/database.php and it seems better in some aspects but not as good in others. The difference in price doesn't worry me.

Which do you think would do the job best?

(Also, someone in RL has just told me that I need a 512mb though I don't see how this can be true)



Author:   Turkish
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 6:05pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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I just bought this card a few days after getting Oblivion, I had a ATi x800, and saw a major improvement. If you can afford it, you should get it. Runs very cool and fast.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102698



Author:   JulFireray
Date:   Apr 09, 06 at 6:17pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Very slow/Unplayable, please help
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quote grumpygrim1
(Also, someone in RL has just told me that I need a 512mb though I don't see how this can be true)
It's not, they're an idiot.




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