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srv123
11-24-2005, 09:37 PM
I have a dell something and the specs are pentium 4 cpu 2.80GHz and 512 mb of ram. I just got Battlefield 2 and the exp pack special forces and everything is really jerky and it takes a very long time to load. The only things I have on my computer is music and thoses games. What can I do to make it smoother and less load time?

AustinWolv
11-24-2005, 11:01 PM
Others would know better than I, but:
1. Make sure your graphics drivers are updated
2. Turn down your graphics settings in-game
3. Make sure all background apps are disabled (virus scanners, etc)

masterofpuppets
11-24-2005, 11:27 PM
What kind of graphics card do you have? BF2 only works on a limited number of cards I beleive.

srv123
11-25-2005, 02:20 AM
I have a nvidia geforce fx 5200.

masterofpuppets
11-25-2005, 03:19 AM
Yep, your card is not supported. From http://planetbattlefield.com:


Battlefield 2 only supports the following video cards:
Radeon X700 (PCIe)
Radeon X600 (PCIe)
GeForce 6600 (PCIe)
GeForce PCX 5900 (PCIe)
GeForce 5800 Series (AGP)
ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition
ATI Radeon X800 PRO
ATI Radeon 9800 Series
ATI Radeon 9600 Series
ATI Radeon 9550 (RV350LX)
ATI Radeon 9500 / 9700 Series
ATI Radeon 8500 Series
ATI Radeon X300 Series
NVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra
NVidia GeForce 6800 GT
NVidia GeForce 6800
NVidia GeForce FX 5950 Series
NVidia GeForce FX 5900 Series
NVidia GeForce FX 5700 Series

shakman
11-25-2005, 09:16 AM
The problem with your video card is that the graphics processing unit (GPU) and memory speed is not enough to keep up with the framerate of the game. In other words, the software is "painting" the screen faster than the video card hardware can handle. This is why your screen is chattering during play.

About the only thing you can do to fix this problem is to get another video card that has better performance.

srv123
11-25-2005, 09:21 AM
Ok cool, thanks for the help.

YO-yo
11-26-2005, 09:36 PM
Quote:
Battlefield 2 only supports the following video cards:
Radeon X700 (PCIe)
Radeon X600 (PCIe)
GeForce 6600 (PCIe)
GeForce PCX 5900 (PCIe)
GeForce 5800 Series (AGP)
ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition
ATI Radeon X800 PRO
ATI Radeon 9800 Series
ATI Radeon 9600 Series
ATI Radeon 9550 (RV350LX)
ATI Radeon 9500 / 9700 Series
ATI Radeon 8500 Series
ATI Radeon X300 Series
NVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra
NVidia GeForce 6800 GT
NVidia GeForce 6800
NVidia GeForce FX 5950 Series
NVidia GeForce FX 5900 Series
NVidia GeForce FX 5700 Series



And the nvidia 5600 pro 256mb card. Thats what i have and i can play pretty well with out video lag.

Young_The_Younger
11-26-2005, 09:53 PM
The problem with getting a new video card is unless you do alot of research on your motherboard and other components, you almost always have to buy a brand new motherboard, memory, sound card, CPU, etc. I'm sorry, but it's true. Motherboards are made for certain cards., and most are not interchangeable... especially across brands.

kestrel
11-26-2005, 10:13 PM
Load Times:
A defrag and a registry cleaning can help for a while in this area, but the best thing you can do for loadtimes is to buy a faster harddrive. Do you have a model number on your unit? I will also note that BF2 is fairly demanding so loadtimes will always take a while on most computers.

Lag:
As others have said, a better videocard is about the only thing that can help here. You can also turn visual quality down but if your going to do that then you might as well go play older games of the same type.
The Geforce 5xxx series was good for DirectX8 games but simply could not do it for DX9 titles such as BF2. Cards such as the Geforce 6800 and the ATI X800 can be had for very little these days, if you really feel invested in PC gaming I'd run out and buy one of them.

Another thing that might help is more ram, 512mb should be sufficient but 1gb is better in most modern games.


I get all my parts from www.newegg.com theve got prices that compUSA and bestbuy coudlnt hold a candle to.

kestrel
11-26-2005, 10:20 PM
The problem with getting a new video card is unless you do alot of research on your motherboard and other components, you almost always have to buy a brand new motherboard, memory, sound card, CPU, etc. I'm sorry, but it's true. Motherboards are made for certain cards., and most are not interchangeable... especially across brands.

Nope....

He has a P4 B/C by the sounds of it, which means he has PCI periferals an AGP card and DDR memory.

Most modern video cards are on PCIE x16, so in the worst case scenario he'll have to replace his motherboard and Processor to get a new videocard. But theres still AGP cards out there so he doesnt nessisarily have to do that.

squeegeeboy
12-01-2005, 01:22 PM
I've got the FX5200 and mine works fine on bf2, I'd check ye old drivers and or change your settings.

Dark Paladin
12-01-2005, 01:32 PM
Works fine on my 5700 Ultra.