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i got a hp computer (desktop) its windows XP Pro server pack 3. I'm trying to play some game on it called combat arms but I'm super laggy everything is slow motion. i have 1.00 GB of ram and uh-mm? not sure how much on hard drive, but i know its a lot. I'm really trying to decrease the lag so i wont be laggy as much please help me. Oh and my graphics card is Quadro NVS 55/280 PCI. Is there any way i can make the game less laggy?
Your graphics card is too slow for games. Check your motherboard to see if it has a spare AGP or PCIE slot to plug a new card into. Your PCI card is not suitable for gaming. To upgrade the graphics card, you will probably need a new power supply unit (PSU). Remove the side panel from your case and post back with the details from the PSU label (make, model, total watts).

Also, add another 1gb of RAM, make sure there's at least 15% free space on your hard drive, and update your drivers to the latest versions.
 

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can you give me instructions on how to do this? where can i get a graphics card that is cheap and works good for combat arms? sorry i dont really understand what your telling me to say I'm not familiar with computer parts or anything. ):
 

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i just remembered i have another computer at home but it broke down it crashed the hardware is crashed but i believe it has parts that can help my computer
are there in parts i can use to increase my gaming in my computer?
i did the system requirement test lab and passed for combat arms but in recommended section it says o upgrade or get a different video card. I'm really a poor fellow lol i don't got money to get a better graphics card. is there any other way to improve my gaming and have less lag?
 

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Your computer has a motherboard inside the case. This is where the cards plug into. You need to know what kind of graphics cards will work on your motherboard before we can make any suggestions.

1. Download and run CPU-Z. Click the Mainboard tab at the top of the CPU-Z window and post back with all the details under the Motherboard and Graphics Interface sections. Click the CPU tab and post back with the Processor Name, Package and Core Speed details.

2. Remove the side panel from your computer case. The PSU is the box at the top rear with all the power cables coming out of it. There's a label on the side of the PSU. Post back with the make, model and total watts listed on the label.

PCI graphics cards are very slow, not suitable for playing games.

A new AGP or PCIE graphics card will cost about $50-150, and a new PSU will cost about $60.
 

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OK then i'm not home right now i'm at work I will be home at 6. I will make sure to do that i will send you all the info when i get home. So i will have to buy both of those parts if my current parts aren't good? if i wanted to buy a new computer which one would you recommend will work good and is under 200 (used or new). Will Teamviewer be OK with you Because I'm 60 percent sure I'm going to struggle. Sorry for being an amateur.
 

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here is the information let me know what else you need. Sorry if i wrote things you dont need

(MOTHERBOARD)
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Model: 09E8h
Chipset: Intel i915P/i915G Rev. B1
Southbridge: Intel 82801FB (ICH6) Rev. 03
LPCIO: SMSC
Bios
Brand: Hewlett-Packard
Version: 786c2 v01.07
Date: 08/25/2005

(GRAPHICS TAB)
GPU
Name: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 55/280 PCI
Code Name: NV34 Revision: B1
Technology: 0.15 um
Clocks
Core: 250 MHz
Size: 64 MBytes
Memory: 400 MHz

(CPU)
Processor
Name: Intel Pentium 4 521
Code Name: Prescott
Package: Socket 775 LGA
Technology 90 nm
Specification: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU 2.80GHz
Family: F Model: 4 Stepping: 9
Ext. Family: F Ext. Model: 4 Revision: G1
Instructions: MMX, SSE (1,2,3), EM64T
Clocks (Core #0) Cache
Core Speed: 2793.0 MHz L1 Data: 16 KBytes 8-way
Multiplier: x 14.0 Trace: 12 Kuops 8-way
Bus Speed: 199.5 MHz Level 2: 1024 KBytes 8-way
Rated FSB 798.0 MHz
Cores: 1 Threads: 2
 

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According to the spec sheet for your computer (click here), it's got a Pentium 4 CPU, 512mb RAM and a 40gb hard drive. This is just about enough for Combat Arms, which has very low system requirements.

I would add more RAM if you haven't already (512mb is minimum for XP, 1-2gb would be better), make sure there's at least 15% free space on your hard drive, and run defrag to tidy up the files.

As it's an online game, check your internet connection speed. This could be what's causing the lag.

Your motherboard has a PCIEx1 slot for a low profile PCIE card. This is not ideal for a gaming card, but should be better than your current PCI card.

Note: PCI and PCIE are different. PCI is very slow, PCIEx1 is better, but is not usually used for graphics cards, PCIEx16 is the fastest and is what most modern computers use for graphics.

This is the cheapest PCIEx1 low profile card available at newegg - Zotac Nvidia ION 512mb DDR3 - $60 plus $6 shipping

The other PCIEx1 low profile cards are over $100 - Newegg.com - Video Cards, PCI Express x1
 

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Speeds look ok. Next step is to replace the PCI card with a PCIE to increase your computer's graphics performance.
 
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