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Old laptop plays better than my new PC

July 17, 2010 at 21:49:04
Specs: Windows 7
For some reason my old laptop can run GTA San Andreas smoothly
with a high resolution (1920x1080x32) and almost max detail settings,
while my newer desktop PC will only run it with a low resolution, and
no AA.

Desktop specs:
Win7 Home Premium x64
HP Pavillion
AMD Athlon2 X4 2.8 GHz
8gb Ram
ATI Radeon HD 4200 with 3065mb memory

Laptop specs:
Vista Home Premium x86
HP Pavillion DV9000
Intel Core 2 1.66 GHz
2gb Ram
Nvidia Gforce Go 7600 with 520mb memory

I thought maybe Windows 7 was the problem and ran the game in XP
and Vista compatability modes but it didn't help. I don't see why my
desktop should have any issues running this old game. Have any ideas
of what else I should check for, or some settings to change?

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July 17, 2010 at 22:54:15
Win7 is faster than Vista, so the OS is not the problem.

Your laptop has a faster video card than the desktop. I believe the Radeon HD 4200 is about as fast as the old Radeon 9800 "Non-Pro" video card. A GeForce 7600 easily beats that.

If you want better 3D performance, you'll have to install a dedicated video card.

HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz, 2MB L2) | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750
Blu-Ray | Win7 Pro | HDMI out to Onkyo TX-SR707

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July 18, 2010 at 04:25:59
your new rig is good but not good for gaming. One piece is missing for turning your rig into a gaming machine.
Post the psu specs. How much are u willing to spend 4 a new v-card?

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July 18, 2010 at 06:26:41
I agree with the need to install a gaming video card in your desktop machine.

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July 18, 2010 at 06:39:49
the only prob in ur rig is ur video card i agree with wut they are saying

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July 18, 2010 at 07:10:00
Good system, but what it needs is a real Video Card

E8500 | 3GB | 320GB | 9800 GT 1GB @ 720/990 | HP w1907 @ 1440 x 900 60hz| Win7 Ultimate x64

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July 18, 2010 at 19:24:22
Ah, thank you. I thought for sure the desktop would play it better.
I will look into a new video card.

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