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    So I recently got a brand new laptop- 6GB RAM, 3GB Video card, 2.5 (turbo boost to 3.1) GHz i5 core processor, and every game I try on it seems to think the highest settings it can manage are medium. I've worked out how to fix GTA IV (by adding the commandline.txt file) but I can't work out how to fix Empire:Total War or Arma II and it's annoying the hell out of me- My PC should be able to manage these games surely? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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    What video card is it? The rest of the spec sounds good, but just because it is a 3GB graphics card, it's not necessarily a powerful one. Although if it really is 3GB and that's not shared with the rest of the system (some laptop GPUs do this), then it probably is quite good.
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    gta iv for pc is one of the worst ports in hisotry, i have a gaming desktop which struggles to keep it above 30 fps on max @ 1080p, couldnt be bothered to fix settings with txt files so uninstalled.

    total war is buggy as hell
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    What video card is it? The rest of the spec sounds good, but just because it is a 3GB graphics card, it's not necessarily a powerful one. Although if it really is 3GB and that's not shared with the rest of the system (some laptop GPUs do this), then it probably is quite good.
    It's an Nvidia GeForce GT555m. So it's not even like it's an old video card, which is what's really infuriating.
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    3GB of VRam on that card! whhhhy??? that is an insane amount of VRam to have on a GT440 in drag!

    seriously - medium is the best you can hope for with that card.
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    Does the card have NVIDIA Optimus? Could be your issue.
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    (Original post by cambo211)
    Does the card have NVIDIA Optimus? Could be your issue.
    I don't think so, how would I check?
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    (Original post by manderton)
    3GB of VRam on that card! whhhhy??? that is an insane amount of VRam to have on a GT440 in drag!

    seriously - medium is the best you can hope for with that card.
    Well it runs GTA IV on max settings absolutely fine once you fix the issue gta iv apparently has with windows 7, and having just installed COH on it it runs that fine on max settings too. It just seems with some games it doesn't work- I'm part wondering whether this is an issue with Windows 7 instead of with the PC though?
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    (Original post by manderton)
    3GB of VRam on that card! whhhhy??? that is an insane amount of VRam to have on a GT440 in drag!

    seriously - medium is the best you can hope for with that card.
    If you are playing Crysis, Metro 2033 or BF3 maybe. I have that card and Skyrim is perfectly playable on max
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    (Original post by shyopstv)
    If you are playing Crysis, Metro 2033 or BF3 maybe. I have that card and Skyrim is perfectly playable on max
    On a piss poor resolution with no anti-aliasing ?

    I've a GTX 560Ti and GTA4 will not play at 60fps at 1440 x 900.
    So a far weaker mobile chip will certainly not be nearly as powerful as you claim it is.
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    1600x900 and 4xAA, FPS constantly in the 30s.

    As for GTA, it is a terrible console port. If you don't have a quad core, it will run terribly whatever graphics card you have. If you do, a GT555M is good enough.
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    (Original post by Cool Kid)
    On a piss poor resolution with no anti-aliasing ?

    I've a GTX 560Ti and GTA4 will not play at 60fps at 1440 x 900.
    So a far weaker mobile chip will certainly not be nearly as powerful as you claim it is.
    What processor do you have though? As I said above I fixed GTA IV at least so it plays completely smoothly on max graphics at res 1600x900.
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    one reason why i stopped playing games. No specs seem to be enough for today's games and im tired of spending money on my pc.
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    (Original post by bluemax)
    one reason why i stopped playing games. No specs seem to be enough for today's games and im tired of spending money on my pc.
    Er, what? My desktop cost me about £400 three years ago and it has absolutely no problems running most games (there are obvious games that it has problems with such as Crysis, but the vast majority of my games collection will run absolutely fine at 1680x1050 with max graphics)
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    (Original post by Bobo1234)
    It's an Nvidia GeForce GT555m. So it's not even like it's an old video card, which is what's really infuriating.
    GeForce 8800 GTS territory. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/vi...eForce+GT+555M
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    (Original post by Bobo1234)
    What processor do you have though? As I said above I fixed GTA IV at least so it plays completely smoothly on max graphics at res 1600x900.
    Phenom II X4 940 OC to 3.6Ghz
    Are you actually measuring your FPS? Because I am, and I seriously doubt you will be getting anywhere near to 60 fps avg:

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,7...views/?page=11

    You're not close to running a GTX470.
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    Even if it does recognise your specs you shouldn't be playing on its 'optimised' setting as it's usually dreadful and either a gross underestimation or over-estimation of what your system can handle. Besides, it takes about 20 seconds to change the options.
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    Go and stick the game you want to run in here:

    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/intro.aspx

    See if that reads any problems with your system and let us know the result.
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    (Original post by bluemax)
    one reason why i stopped playing games. No specs seem to be enough for today's games and im tired of spending money on my pc.
    Well you're completely incorrect.
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    (Original post by Cool Kid)
    On a piss poor resolution with no anti-aliasing ?

    I've a GTX 560Ti and GTA4 will not play at 60fps at 1440 x 900.
    So a far weaker mobile chip will certainly not be nearly as powerful as you claim it is.
    Try overclocking it a little, I'm able to run GTAIV at 1920x1080 at 55 FPS on my 560Ti

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