Solved I would like to play games on my oldish PC, runtime issue.

June 18, 2012 at 21:19:34
Specs: Windows XP
I want to optimize my PC to play games. I have Fable 1 and the farthest the game will load is the opening scenes, I'm not even able to access the game's main-screen-console. I tried a few game boosters and they didn't work. I'm tired of tweak software, I need real over-clocking. Can anyone help? I know a little of computers, but I may need step-by-step processes if anyone is willing to help me... ex. I understand what to put as far as RAM, OS, CPU usage, HDD size etc. but I don't know where to look... My total physical memory is 447 MB, my Virtual memory is 2047 MB, I have Windows XP Pro SP2 2002 version... it's a Presario SR1303WM, to my knowledge it only has a 250 GB HDD extra added to it but it was previously owned by a friend, and a lot of software for speed...

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#1
June 19, 2012 at 06:25:15
Overclocking is not the answer. You need to check that your PC meets the recommended system requirements.

Recommended sytem requirements for Fable 1:

CPU: 2 GHz
RAM: 512 - 1 GB (you currently have only the bare minimum - not enough)
VGA: 256 MB shader capable video card.
DirectX: DirectX 9.0.c
Hard drive space: 3 GB


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#2
June 19, 2012 at 06:50:38
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It's not a "runtime issue"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run-ti...

"I tried a few game boosters and they didn't work. I'm tired of tweak software, I need real over-clocking"

Your problem is hardware, not software. And it's pointless to try to overclock an OEM system. I don't know if any upgrades have been made to your Presario, but here's the basic system specs & the motherboard specs:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

"total physical memory is 447 MB"

More than likely you have 512MB but 64MB is being used for the onboard graphics. That tells me 2 things: you don't have enough RAM to run XP decently (let alone play games with it), & you don't have powerful enough graphics for gaming.

Your system is very old so you'll have to decide if it's worth investing any money into it. At the very least, you'll need more RAM & a decent graphics card. And you may need a better power supply too. Your system can handle a max of 2GB DDR333 RAM (2 x 1GB) & has a 4X/8X AGP slot for graphics upgrades. RAM will be no problem but good AGP cards are getting hard to find - you may have to resort to eBay. You're probably looking at $100+ to make your system game-worthy but even then, you'll have to stick to playing old games.


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#3
June 20, 2012 at 09:07:28
couldnt have said it better

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#4
June 21, 2012 at 03:35:37
Thank you all for the feedback. Maybe I should just throw this old thing away. Much obliged.

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