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Old 06-03-03, 12:46 AM
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the "REAL" requirements to play Enter The Matrix??

So I got Enter The Matrix for my 900Mhz PC, it took forever to install with my 6X DVD ROM, then it took forever to load. The box says less then everything I have. I know that I should exceed the recommended requirements, but this is crazy...

System Requirements:
CPU: P3 600MHz; Celeron 800MHz
RAM: 128MB
Video Card: GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 equivalent
OS: Win 98/98SE/2000/XP
HD Space: 4.7GB uncompressed space
DirectX: DirectX 9
CD-ROM: 4x or faster
Gamepad: Optional, but 12 button recommended.

I have the above and nothing works. I can't return it now and I'm down 50 bucks.

So what is the REAL deal here? Anyone who bought this got it to work? What are your system configurations? Thanks...
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Old 06-03-03, 01:02 AM
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Well you're not really down $50 - still could sell it or just hold onto the game for the next system - you could use more RAM - it wouldn't even run in 98? Also try different video drivers and directx updates etc. Another thing to keep in mind is that those are the minimum requirements - just enough for the game to install - doesn't mean that it'll run. I actually look at the recommended req's and read it as the real minimum req's. But I don't own this game.
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Old 06-03-03, 01:22 AM
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what are your system specs?

I know you have 900 Mhz pc of some sort. Duron?

what video card do you have?

have you tried updating your drivers? or looking online for an update for this game.

I always use a rule of thumb. you need double whatever they say.

128 MB of ram = the game boots up.
256 MB of Ram = it will run.

P3 600 Mhz= it boots up
Athlon 1.2 Ghz= it will run

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Old 06-03-03, 01:40 AM
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My apologies for such a vague description of my PC.

I have:
900Mhz Duron with 256 PC2100 memory
ATI All-In-Wonder 32MB (I think, it's at least 3 years old)

I think it's barely fast enough to run anything, but what should I upgrade to achieve more power? I was thinking about a GeForce4, but most 2.0+ GHz PC can give me the similar results. Any suggestions would be great... I don't want to spend too much since I'm a struggling student.
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Old 06-03-03, 02:00 AM
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if this is one of the older ATI all in wonder then this is your problem.

is it this one

http://www.ati.com/products/pc/aiw128pro/

if so you should not be able to play this game with that card.

geforce3 Ti200 or Radeon 7500 and up will be fine. You could also get a FX5200.

How much do you want to spend?

You might want to pick up a Radeon 9000 Pro card. You can get them for $76 at newegg.com.

for some benchmarks:

http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030120/index.html
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Hey - that's the card I have gcribbs! And no, I can't run ETM. But I will be getting a 9500 soon (hope to overclock it to 9700) - but hear that you can't find the overclockable 9500's any more...
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Thanks, gcribbs. I think that is the card that I have. I got it OEM, so I have nothing except all the cables and stuff, so no reference until I open up my PC. I do speculate that it's my graphics. I was leaning more towards a 50 dollar GeForce4, but I don't know if I should do that or spend a little more on an ATI brand Radeon. I was also considering a new PC at around 400 bucks also becuase I'm pretty lazy in trun to build one from parts.
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I'm hoping you're upgrading because you're dissapointed at other performance, and not just Enter the Matrix. Cuz let me tell you, ETM isn't worth it

Anyway, here's what i wouild do. Since you have a Duron, there's a possibility that your motherboard can support an Athlon XP. If so, that would a great upgrade, especially since XP 1700+ chips are under 60 bucks. Having 512mb ram is always a great upgrade, especially if you're using Windows XP.

As for video card... stay away from the GeForce MX series. If you want a small boost, either get the GeForce 4 Ti 4200, which i believe is down to 88 bucks online. If you want to go cheaper, check out the Radeon 8500 LE.

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Originally posted by Blake
Hey - that's the card I have gcribbs! And no, I can't run ETM. But I will be getting a 9500 soon (hope to overclock it to 9700) - but hear that you can't find the overclockable 9500's any more...
ETM won't run on the radeon 9000 pro card?

wow then the specs must be real off since that card should be able to run it.
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Thanks, fumanstan. I'm just trying to figure out the cheapest way to upgrade since I'm short for cash. I was thinking about get a new CPU at Fry's or something, but adding memory and a GeForce4 will pretty much rip another giant hole in my debt. Do you know how realiable those online retailers are when it comes to computer parts? How is the return policy?
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Originally posted by gcribbs
ETM won't run on the radeon 9000 pro card?

wow then the specs must be real off since that card should be able to run it.
Sorry - should have clarified - it won't run on the AIW128...
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Newegg.com and mwave.com are probably the 2 best online retailers. Mwave is actually near Los Angeles i believe, and you can even drive down there to pick up your order and save on shipping costs. As for return policy, i've never had to return anything from NewEgg, but from what i hear they are incredibly easy to work with.

But anyway, for the cheapest upgrade solution, i think it might be best to see what the fastest cpu your motherboard can support. Tossing in a cheap Athlon XP and adding video card from the last generation should do wonders for your gaming. Despite what i said about the GeForce 4 MX, even one of those should do exceedingly well for you at a low price. If you find that your motherboard can't support cpu's very much faster then what you have now, i think your best bet would be to check out Fry's when they have their cpu/motherboard combos. I know they've had some great deals for under 100 bucks.
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Originally posted by Blake
Sorry - should have clarified - it won't run on the AIW128...
oh. that makes sense now .
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your videocard is definitely the bottleneck.
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