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  • September 20th, 2002, 02:25 PM
    it would look much uglier at 800x600 than 1024x768 because hes on an LCD with a native resolution. On most laptops, the logic to downscale a resolution to a lower one is usually pretty bad, and you should try to play at the native resolution of a divisble of it (for 1024x768, it would be 512x384). I think he cranked UP his resolution to 1024x768, because its impossible for a LCD screen with a native resolution of 1024x768 to go any higher - that's his max.

    I'm not sure why it would be less choppy at a higher resolution though...thats beyond me, but maybe it has something to do with this "downscaling logic" i was talking about.

    It seems the lowest you can go in NWN is 800x600. Make sure you turn everything down in video options and advanced video options, and try it that way. Everything will probably look bland and flat, but it might be playable.
  • September 20th, 2002, 02:20 AM
    Actually you probably change the video RAM allocation in display properties. That's where it is at in my Pavilion ZE1110.
  • September 20th, 2002, 02:18 AM
    The Savage 4 was a pretty decent chipset in it's day. The thing is... that day was several years ago .

    Can you crank down the resolution further... say to 800x600?
  • September 20th, 2002, 02:12 AM
    drop the resolution to the minimum, turn all the special effects off.. etc.. maybe it will help?
  • September 20th, 2002, 01:34 AM
    I couldn't find any way in the BIOS to alter video memory, but I did put NWN at the resolution of my screen, 1024x768, and it runs better. Still choppy, but much more playable. Oh well, I think I can survive with it till I get a decent desktop. Thanks again for your help.
  • September 19th, 2002, 09:26 PM
    Alright, I'll try the BIOS. Thanks for your help.
  • September 19th, 2002, 02:59 PM
    As GZ3 suggest, hit your BIOS (usually with F1 or Del during the initial boot screen), and if the shared video memory isnt 16MB, crank it up to that and give NWN another whirl.

    You dont need to add more RAM if you dont mind losing whatever RAM you dedicate to Video memory from system meory (say you have 128MB - if you put 16 in the video mem, youd be left with 112MB System memory.

    I still don't think NWN is going to run that great at all on a Savage4 graphics core (thats what you got), but your fairing better than many notebooks out there. You cant upgrade just the graphics part of a laptop; you'd have to buy a whole new laptop. There not much outside of these things that you can do to improve video performance.
  • September 19th, 2002, 02:50 PM
    Integrated 3D graphics with up to 16MB shared video memory; Video memory is user-configurable

    you might be able to go into the bios and change the amount of ram that is dedicated to video.

    of course if you do this, or able to you will need to add more ram to the system.

    but in a sense your stuck with it, and there is not much you can really do about it.

  • September 19th, 2002, 01:37 PM

    Question on video memory and video cards

    Having absolutely 0 knowledge of laptops, other than mine cannot run Neverwinter Nights well enough to play, my questions are these:
    1) Is it possible to buy a video card for my laptop (HP Pavillion ZT1000)?
    2) If so, what is a good card to get?
    3) If not, is there any other way to increase video memory on my system so that I can run NWN better?

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