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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
05-10-2010, 09:25 AM
it is most likely the GPU (graphics processor unit) having trouble with the graphics.

on my work machine I had a really old card and it was blocky and i'd go into a space battle and the game would crash. eventually I burnt out the card trying to play as it coldn't handle the data.

the newer card can now handle everything and the GPU is about 60 times faster than the old one.

my advice is turn everything to lowest and see, if you stillg et the problems, may be time to invest in a newer card? you can pick up one of the low-mid range recommended cards quite cheap now, as cards tend to be obsolete after 6 months to 1 year.

I run 2x Gforce 8600GTX on my home pc, and it prods buttock, but you can buy those cards for like 50 a hit these days (though not the ones I have as they're limited editions).