Playing High-end Games on Low-end Machines

Are you a new gen gamer? New gen gamer, meaning you play high-end games like COD4: Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed, Prototype, Left4Dead, etc., ON YOUR LAPTOP? Now don’t laugh. Many frustrated gamers are actually using their so-so laptops to play high end games and I know that it’s pretty stupid to play kick-ass games on your crappy laptop, but what the hey? It’s like you have loads of choices right?.

So anyway, I’m a very Hardcore gamer myself. I play games from old school crappy puzzle games like tetris, to Playstation Classics like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear solid, to high-end-new-gen games like Prototype and Assassin’s Creed 2. And all that, I do with my laptop.

You might think I have the most powerful laptop in the world because I can play these games right? WRONG! In fact, I have the worst laptop in the history of mankind.

Let’s take a look at the basic specs of my laptop:

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System Information

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Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: PACKARD BELL BV

System Model: EasyNote MH36

BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.1

Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU       T4200  @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz

Memory: 2048MB RAM

Available OS Memory: 1976MB RAM

Page File: 2860MB used, 1093MB available

Windows Dir: C:\Windows

DirectX Version: DirectX 11

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

User DPI Setting: Using System DPI

System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)

DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled

DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

 

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System Information

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Time of this report: 6/20/2011, 17:39:07

Machine name: KAELWITHME

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: PACKARD BELL BV

System Model: EasyNote MH36

BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.1

Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU       T4200  @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz

Memory: 2048MB RAM

Available OS Memory: 1976MB RAM

Page File: 2860MB used, 1093MB available

 

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Display Devices

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Card name: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

Chip type: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

DAC type: Internal

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42&SUBSYS_018B1631&REV_09

Display Memory: 796 MB

Dedicated Memory: 64 MB

Shared Memory: 732 MB

Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)

Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor

 

Let’s break them down to simpler sections that are needed in gaming:

  1. RAM (Random Access Memory) – 1976MB RAM [Pretty Much 2G already.]
  2. Processor –  Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU       T4200  @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz [2 pieces of 2.0Ghz processor chips. Unfortunately you can’t say I have 4.0Ghz processor by adding them up. They’re just simply 2 pieces of 2.0Ghz processor chips.]
  3. HDD: I have a total of 150 HDD space. It’s pretty decent. But not quite.
  4. Video Card [err.. Video Accelerator] –
    1.  Name: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family,
    2. Display Memory: 796 MB [total memory that the VGA chip can have.]
    3. Dedicated Memory: 64 MB [original VGA memory. Pretty small eh?]
    4. Shared Memory: 732 MB [self explanatory]

 

So basically, My Ram and Processors are pretty decent. But my Video Accelerator is pretty bad, I know.  It only has 64 MB dedicated Memory and for it to be able to attain it’s maximum amount of memory which is 796mb, it leeches memory from your RAM. I’d say It’s pretty disappointing. Considering that it does not have it’s own memory and it takes memory from your RAM to use it for graphic acceleration. And my RAM isn’t that big so I might have to suffer memory-wise.

Now what made my laptop play such near-to-impossible games with only these I would say pretty bad specs?

I’ve researched my video chipset in the internet and everyone says that it’s pretty bad, crappy, don’t get it, scrap it, etc. for gaming. Some even says they can’t play anything with those chipset. I say wrong.

Although you can’t actually expect yourself to be playing high end games at high settings, but you can play. Period.

Tips?

  1. First and most important, FREE HARD DISK SPACE. I myself don’t let my C: Partition to be having  less than 40G Free disk space. 35G is on the very edge. Hard disk space plays an important role in gaming, believe me or not.
  2. Close unnecessary applications that is running on the background as well as currently running applications. Make sure that the game that you’re playing is the only thing that is running on your computer. But be careful when closing background application as it might affect your Operating System.
  3. Close Antivirus when playing. Some popup alerts will get on your nerves big time while playing.
  4. When actually playing a high end game with low computer specifications, turn the settings to low. Here are some of the settings that you might consider going low:
    1. Resolution – You might not know this but resolution affects the pixels. So Low resolutions smoothens game animation and background rendering.
    2. Graphic Quality – set this to low just as long as you’re computer hits the “playable” mark. Don’t set this to the lowest settings just yet. You might have to do a trial and error stage for this one.
    3. Multi-Sampling – test this first.
    4. Shadows – if you’re not too keen on shadows you might as well shut this down.
    5. Lighting – same same.
    6. Brightness – lowering this down will enhance RAM.

 

 

Now don’t ever think that I’m such a crappy gamer because I can settle with low-end settings. You got me wrong. As a real gamer, I don’t just settle with graphics alone. A real game has loads of Sections to consider like game play, storyline, sounds, User rating, repeatability, etc. And I definitely check those sections out. But to be honest, if I could get a machine that’s more suitable for gaming, I would definitely spend bucks for it.

Bottom-line:

I’m not encouraging you to just be content with your crappy laptop. If you have the resources, you MUST get a high end machine. Playing new gen games on laptops are highly discouraged as laptops were never meant for gaming (Except for alien ware laptops that is). But if anything, I would prefer getting every game console out there: XBOX360, XBOX, XBOX Live, PS3, PSP, PS2, PS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, GameCube, GBA, etc etc. there are loads to mention and your PC isn’t one of them.

That’s all! Keep gaming!

 

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