Essentials for PC Gaming

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by JakePsycho, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. JakePsycho

    JakePsycho gold~king~house

    Aug 9, 2009
    United States
    I need to know what types of stuff can enhance my PC experience and gameplay.

    System Specs:
    System Information
    Time of this report: 2/9/2010, 15:56:15
    Machine name: JAKEPSYCHO
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
    System Model: Inspiron 1100
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A32
    Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.40GHz
    Memory: 248MB RAM
    Page File: 262MB used, 538MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

    DxDiag Notes
    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

    DirectX Debug Levels
    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

    Display Devices
    Card name: Intel® 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel® 82845G Graphics Controller
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2562&SUBSYS_01491028&REV_03
    Display Memory: 64.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Digital Flat Panel (1024x768)
    Monitor Max Res:
    Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4342 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 6/21/2005 17:04:48, 38016 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: ialmnt5.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 10/19/2005 08:59:12, 807998 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6622-11CF-6E63-4321A2C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x8086
    Device ID: 0x2562
    SubSys ID: 0x01491028
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Video Accel:
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Not Available
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    Sound Devices
    Description: SigmaTel Audio
    Default Sound Playback: Yes
    Default Voice Playback: Yes
    Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_24C5&SUBSYS_01491028&REV_02
    Manufacturer ID: 1
    Product ID: 100
    Type: WDM
    Driver Name: stac97.sys
    Driver Version: 5.10.3952.0000 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Date and Size: 11/15/2004 15:37:52, 264440 bytes
    Other Files:
    Driver Provider: SigmaTel
    HW Accel Level: Full
    Cap Flags: 0xB5B
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 48000, 48000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
    Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
    HW Memory: 0
    Voice Management: No
    EAX™ 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
    I3DL2™ Listen/Src: No, No
    Sensaura™ ZoomFX™: No
    Registry: OK
    Sound Test Result: Not run

    thx in advance
    Edit: Srry fr the HUGE ass post, edited
  2. myuusmeow

    myuusmeow GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jun 24, 2007
    United States
    For general computing, maybe think about reinstalling the OS. This computer is quite old and probably could use a clean slate. I would have recommended Windows 7, but the tiny RAM (256MB, lowest I've tried 7 on was 512MB) might not work too great with that. Backup your old files, download drivers, and find/install something a stripped down version of Windows from your favorite torrent site. (When I say stripped down, I mean things like "ancient greek language keyboard layout" and other things you don't need, not core functionality)

    For gaming anything past emulators of classic systems I'd say a new computer, preferably a desktop. This is a laptop (therefore no upgrade paths you can take) with 256MB of RAM and integrated graphics on a Pentium 4, you have pretty much zero hope of running any new games satisfactorily on that thing.
  3. Raki

    Raki GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 16, 2008
    Gambia, The
    except nothing good. It's a P4 with 2,4 Ghz which is slow and intel integrated graphics in the range of the gma 900 which is pretty slow and unusable for games
  4. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

    Jul 29, 2007
    Could you edit your wall of text everything from and under "Sound Capture Devices" is not needed.
  5. zeromac

    zeromac Finally reached 1000 posts EXACTLY

    Mar 7, 2009
    Too long, Didnt fucking read...
  6. Elritha

    Elritha GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 24, 2006
    Most of that information isn't needed...

    Don't expect to be able to play most modern 3d games with that system. To start with it's a laptop, secondly it has has poor integrated gpu and the cpu is slow.
    You should be able to run older 2d games on that, -maybe- some newer ones that don't require much in system specs. Think some strategy games and so on.

    A new desktop pc would greatly enhance your gaming experience. Just don't get Dell. [​IMG]
  7. zhuzhuchina

    zhuzhuchina GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 17, 2008
    change computer!
  8. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    Holy crapping crap, what's with all that |: ?

    Something with low RAM like yours, I suggest TinyXP but still you won't be able to play games you might be thinking of.
  9. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    A full DXDiag output. Yes, they piss me off as well.
  10. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Apr 4, 2009
    Yep. Hatsu spams. You don't. [​IMG]

    Like Edhel said, get a desktop. You could build a good gaming PC for $500.
  11. Psyfira

    Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Dec 31, 2003
    For general non-gaming use expanding the memory should help speed things up a bit. People forget you can often add RAM to laptops, according to the manual it can support up to 1GB max (including the 128MB built in to the motherboard). As long as you're careful to buy exactly the right stuff, memory for these older laptops is pretty cheap now. But it depends if it's worth it vs saving for a newer system in the long run. It all depends on what you use it for. Like the others said, if gaming's all you've got in mind then a graphics card with 64MB of VRAM really isn't going to cut it.
  12. Lodis

    Lodis GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    United States
    If you want a gaming laptop, at least get one with a dedicated GPU in it that is preferably MXM 3.0 B format.