Widescreen Gaming

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November 19, 2010 at 07:34:46
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.331 GHz / 3325 MB
Assassin's Creed 2 have black bars on the top and bottom of my 22' LCD monitor,i can't play it on higher resolutions as the game may lag...i was wondering are there any fixes or tweaks that can make the game stretch till it fills my screen..i do not like playing games with bars on the top and bottom of my screen...just like resident evil 4...pls help..

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November 19, 2010 at 08:29:51
It would help to know which video card you have. If you're using weak onboard graphics, there's not much you can do about the lagging, you need to install a gaming video card.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November 2010

You have two resolutions that you need to configure, the desktop resolution & the game resolution. Assuming you have an LCD monitor, the desktop resolution should be set to the "native resolution" for your monitor & it should be kept that way - 1680 x 1050 is fairly common for a 22" widescreen, but you should check the specs. The game resolution is obviously configured once you get into the game.

EDIT: I just saw several other posts by you regarding bad gameplay with the 9300GE? I also saw that you have the resolution set at 800 x 600? That is NOT a widescreen resolution so you will either have black bars or the screen will be stretched out of proportion.

You can't play games decently with onboard video, you should realize that by now. There's nothing you can do to make your gameplay any better unless you upgrade the video. It appears your power supply is only 250W? If you're not willing to upgrade the power supply, get a cheap Radeon HD 4650.


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November 19, 2010 at 08:57:05
i agree with mickliq but i might add a thing a cheap HD 4650 or an HD 4670 which is better 10 bucks more or so

computers are a second home

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November 19, 2010 at 09:10:46
The HD 4670 is definitely a better card, but I wanted to stay as low as possible on the power requirements. Here's a comparison:

Radeon HD 4650 1GB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB

GEEKFREAK, stop buying games & invest in a video card!

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November 19, 2010 at 22:11:59
well..i haven't bought any games lately i just found out my PSU specs was 250 watts..and all those powerful cards require like 400watts over..

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November 20, 2010 at 06:57:21
Why do you post questions in these forums if you're not going to take our advice? You keep asking the same thing over & over again & we keep giving you the same answer - the 9300GE sucks, buy a video card. You refuse to buy a card but keep complaining that your system can't play games well. Duh! You need to upgrade the video!!

Do you even read what we write or click on any of the links we supply? The Radeon HD 4650 is an excellent lower end gaming card that is very power efficient. It does NOT require a 400W power supply, it will work fine with your 250W, that's why I suggested it! I even posted a link to a card that's currently on sale at newegg for just $44 after rebate. That's about the cost of a single game. There are cheaper cards, but they won't perform anywhere near as well, but at this point ANYTHING is better than what you have.

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November 20, 2010 at 09:07:06
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH..as a matter of fact i do click ur links but i don't trust buying stuff over the web..any way look here..
this is a test done with the 4650:-

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November 20, 2010 at 09:57:10
why dont u trust buying stuff on the web?! we all do it man but of course of trusted companies or people.
anyways the graphics for the HD 4650 is 44 percent which is not all correct
i say it can run pretty much everything but remember i said CAN RUN meaning that it will run it but the user of this card might as well reduce the resolution or some settings

computers are a second home

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November 20, 2010 at 11:16:17
"this is a test done with the 4650"

What's your point? I told you the HD 4650 is a low end gaming card, but it IS a gaming card. The 9300GE is NOT for gaming. It's not even close. You're so reluctant to buy a video card that I didn't dare recommend that you buy a better video card than the HD 4650 AND upgrade the power supply too. I know you'd never go for that. Hell, I saw in one thread where you refused to even open the case & check your power supply specs!

Let's try the test with the 9300GE. I used 3GB for the memory amount because the integrated video uses system RAM meaning that there's less than 4GB available:


OOPS! Looks like it's not playable on your system with the 9300GE.

"i don't trust buying stuff over the web"

That's your choice. Go to BestBuy & pay double what it would cost for the same card at newegg. Here's an HD 4650 for $90:

XFX - ATI RADEON HD 4650 - $89.99

But don't forget the tax!...lol (newegg doesn't charge tax)

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November 21, 2010 at 09:21:55
OK....i'm so buying the hd 4650...but just to let u know,thanks for ur advice and my RAM isn't 3gb it's 4gb..and the 9300ge i'm using has been overclocked..and it still does SUCKS!!..like HELL...thanks a lot 4 ur advice..

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November 21, 2010 at 11:51:55
"my RAM isn't 3gb it's 4gb"

And how much of that 4GB is used by the onboard video? Also, why do you list the memory as 3225MB in your specs? If a portion of the RAM is being used by the video then it's not able to be used by the system, therefore when you use sites like the one you linked to, you have to use 3GB, not 4GB. 3.225GB is a lot closer to 3GB than it is to 4GB.

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