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# 1 Video Card Issue. Please help!
01-28-2010, 04:25 PM
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?
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# 2
01-28-2010, 04:30 PM
Either get the proper mobile version driver from nvidia.com or any driver from laptopvideo2go.com, some need an inf file from there also.

Problem is the 8400M is pretty weak and won't meet the min spec. You won't be able to "play the game as it was intended to be run". It will run but not well at all.
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# 3
01-28-2010, 04:47 PM
So is this the point where I see if I can cancel my preorder?
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# 4
01-28-2010, 04:58 PM
How come you didn't check the specs before ordering or try the open beta with your preorder?

If you search the forums you'll find that some people say it ran ok on similar laptops, so it's down to how much you want to play vs how bothered you are about performance on your current PC.
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# 5
01-28-2010, 05:03 PM
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!
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# 6
01-28-2010, 05:10 PM
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.
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# 7
01-28-2010, 05:16 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble again mate, but a 8400M is very arkward and expensive to replace.

It does not use an MXM connection (standard), so only proprietary Dell one would do.

I think you could only go up to an 8600M which were notoriously dodgy.
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# 8
01-28-2010, 05:19 PM
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.
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# 9
01-28-2010, 05:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larrydavid
So is this the point where I see if I can cancel my preorder?

You can either upgrade your machine (a mid range desktop will cost aroudn 300 $ to run STO decently, or you can contact the retailer you pre-ordered from for a refund.
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# 10
01-28-2010, 05:34 PM
In the meantime you could overclock it a bit.

There's plenty of settings in STO to play around with as well.

Good luck
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