Video cards

 
  GNR10 Chief Commissioner

Does anyone know where I buy a really good but cheap video card that Trainz2004 will support?

thx

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  railrattler Assistant Commissioner

Location: South Australia
First, whats your current PC spec's, and whats your budget.
  GNR10 Chief Commissioner

120 MB ram, 730 mhz processor, Prosavage PM133 video card. Win ME

I don't wanna pay more than around 150 bucks.
  railrattler Assistant Commissioner

Location: South Australia
Maybe try looking for an older model Nvidia GeForce2 or 3 card, should be quite cheap, anything more and it will be a waste of money (the rest of the system will let you down).

Upgrading to 256MB RAM at the same time wouldn't hurt either.

I'd suggest posting this on the Trainz forum tech support pages, there will be people there that could help you alot more than I could (hardware is not my speciality).
  Alco_Haulic Chief Commissioner

Location: Eating out...
Not based on video card, but has anyone ever had problems running TRS2004 with only 256Mb of RAM. The rest of my system is pretty bad too (1.8gig celeron, only get about 1.4 out of it, should look into clocking it), But my VC is an ASUS I got second hand, runs like a dream, but has issues that stop me running MSTS (I use 2000, so D3D has issues.)
  railrattler Assistant Commissioner

Location: South Australia
That system should be more than capable of running TRS2004, are you having issues with performance (stuttering, framerates) or actually running the game (doesn't load, crashes)?
  Alco_Haulic Chief Commissioner

Location: Eating out...
Main problem I have is loading times and frame rates. The processor tend to get bogged down and the FR slows down to 2-3fps. And load times can be anywhere up to 15mins. That's with UTC. I should be getting a new proccessor late next year, so i might hold off and wait and see what's happening then.
  railrattler Assistant Commissioner

Location: South Australia
What maps are you running? On high detailed maps (like the Noarlunga line) this can be expected, however, smaller less detailed maps (Branchline2c) should be alright.
  realmakoym8 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Nvidia 5900 series (128 mb GDDR, 500 mhz 8X) $250 - $290
  Alco_Haulic Chief Commissioner

Location: Eating out...
I avoid the norlunga and adelaide to millswood(?) lines because of how slow my system is. It also tends to do it on the highland valley, and australia maps, robe iron ore it handles with ease(go figure with the size, but low detail).
To explain, my system has never lived up to what it should have been. It originally had an ATi video card that would not run OpenGL at all, and lagged like hell at the best of times. Now with me running 2000 (ONLY stable windows i've ever encountered) it seems to have issues with Nvidia and DirectX. I've debugged and had a friend who provides tech support for a living look at it, and neither of us has found anything to explain why the machine has never run properly (doesn't crash, but just gets very slow, and overheats(now fixed)).
Saying that, the machine is rock solid for work, so it has full filled the need as a school computer.

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