I just bought Age of Empires III for my laptop, a ML-30 Turion64 (1.6 Ghz clock and bus) with Cool and Quiet disabled through the control panel. Other specs: 1.5 GB RAM and an ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 128MB Integrated video. Even in the lowest graphic settings the gameplay is very choppy. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be causing this and how I can fix it?
Thanks in advance.
You should be able to tweak something in your windows to get it to run better. Turn off all background programs or as many as you can. Such as anti-virus, spyware and instant messengers.
That video chipset within your laptop should be good enough to have decent framerates.
I have played it on Gateway laptop with lower specs and the video chipset is no where near as good as the one you have.
I was running AOE 3 with this chipset
# ATI M6-P
# 256-bit 3-D and 2-D graphics accelerator
# Support 64-bit DDR SDRAM
# Fully ACPI compliant
with very good framerates at low settings.
MB: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WE AM2 nForce 590 SLI
Proc: Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz AM2
Mem:CORSAIR XMS2(2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
Mem:G.Skill(2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
os hdd: Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10k RPM SATA150
VC: XFX 8800GT 512MB
the high settings, mostly the water is what will kill you, my rig gets like about 15 frames per second at full with full water reflections 1280x1024 4xAA when i have nothing but water in my screen. Im gonna turn down that aspect though i must admit it is very very beautiful.
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