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Graphics Card? Answered

I have portal for the computer but I cant play it because I dont have a good enough graphics card. Is there a way that I can get around this without buying a new graphics card? preferably a free way please.

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MahavishnuMan

9 years ago

I can lend some pointers that may suffice, but truthfully it sounds like you need to invest in a graphics card. The good news is that even a cheap one can boost performance significantly, so you don't necessarily need to break the bank.<br /><br />That having been said, Ork is correct for a free solution. In the game, go into the graphics options and first disable anti-aliasing (which has the biggest performance hit) and lower the other options as far as they can go; keep your screen resolution for now. If the performance is still unacceptable, lower the resolution a bit and see if that helps.<br /><br />I'm assuming that you, like most people, are using the video output that is built into the motherboard. While this can be an acceptable option for basic usage (like internet and word processing), there are two evils to onboard VGA's. First, they share memory with the rest of the system; this robs your computer of overall performance as the computer must juggle the RAM dedicated to graphics with the RAM left for programs. Installing more RAM is a solution many use, but doing so doesn't increase the speed as the juggling act is still taking place. Installing a video card instead alleviates this problem entirely, as the video memory is no longer shared with your programs.<br /><br />The second evil of onboard VGA's is that the technology in them is already obsolete before they are incorporated into a motherboard design. While the cheaper video cards are also old news, they still tend to be more updated than what is included with your computer. Even a budget card from Wal-Mart (if you're really in a pinch) can be an improvement over the VGA you're using now.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=SubCatDeals&N=2010380048&StoreType=2&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=False&Order=PRICE">Here</a> is a link to NewEgg's assortment of video cards, starting at $24.99 (after $10 mail-in rebate). Obviously, you'll want to choose one that is compatible with your motherboard (make sure you have the right card for the right slot), but this is a great place to start. Good luck.<br /><br />

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orksecurity

9 years ago

Try setting your screen to lower resolution. That may help a slow card keep up with a graphically-intensive game. Other than that...