I have a Dell laptop with a GeForce 8400M GS, and if I don't update the driver from the dell site my card freaks out. However the most recent update is from last year. When I try to run STO I get a message giving me the option to run the game with reduced settings, or run the game with the default settings at the risk of problems. What can I do if my history of updating the driver from NVIDIA had ended poorly in the past? Will I be able to play the game as it was intended to be run, and if so how?
I am by no means computer literate (I know its a pathetic excuse) and I thought that since the minimum spec was an NVIDIA GEforce 7950 that my 8400 would suffice. I guess that will teach me to pull my head out and do more research before doing something. After reading the other posts you mentioned I think I'm gonna hang in there until I can get a better card installed. I'm not really playing for the good graphics as much as I am for Trek. Thanks for your help!
NVidia's model numbering scheme has confused a lot of people (including myself). Roughly speaking, to compare the power of two cards with 4 digit numbers, you'd drop the first digit, so minimum spec is a 950 while your card is a 400. The first digit is what generation the card is in, but within each generation, there are cheap low powered cards and expensive high powered cards.
I know. Its on my motherboard so I'm stuck with this one, but at the moment I only have my laptop and have been putting off getting a desktop for far too long. I think this is just the final kick in the pants to move in that direction.