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Minimum spec for maximum Half-Life 2

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  1. Lex

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    I just bought a new Laptop (Dell Inspiron 9300) with the following spec:

    GeForce Go 6800 256mb
    Pentium 1.86Ghz
    512mb RAM
    x7200 speed 80gb HDD
    17" screen

    I loaded up HL2 and immediately ran all the video options up to maximum but was disappointed to see that it struggled to run it smoothly... so what spec do you need to see HL2 running at full whack?
     
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    Turn off reflect all, that is a killer, if that doesn't work I'd recommend more RAM

    What res are you running?
     
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    Thanx for your reply,

    It works fine on all resolutions right up to 1920x1200 until you start turning up all the details... as soon as you put it onto high detail textures and models it struggles. Does having widescreen res make a difference?
    The recommended levels (with the little * are all on medium). Which are the best details to turn up? anti-aliasing is recommended at 4x - does 6x make a big difference?

    I have to say I am disappointed! I would have thought that this spec machine (which was more or less maxed out in terms of upgrades) would be able to comfortably play HL2!!

    The only other issue I can think of is the drivers - I am running forceware 77.24 which were the most up do date drivers I could find which recognised my card.
     
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    The graphics card seems fine but the CPU seems a tad slow at 1.86ghz and the memory should really be upgraded to 1GB.
     
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    Mines at max but I have 1 gig of RAM, full textures really hurts if you havent got enough RAM, try all setting at max except textures
     
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    Does the ram really make that much difference? Even when the graphics card has 256mb? My last pc had similar spec ram and processor but only a 128mb gfx card and it ran HL2 just as well - it seems like I wasted my money in upgrading the gfx card then? :(
     
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    HL2 runs perfectly well on my laptop with everything maxed out.

    Try entering this into the console before boot up "- heapsize 768000"

    That allocates HL2 with 768MB of ram instead of the standard 64MB and makes a massive difference. Although if you only have 512MB of ram that won't work so try "- heapsize 256000"

    My system is:

    AMD Turion ML34 1800mhz (64 bit)
    ATI Radeon X700 mobility (PCI-E)
    1 gig ram

    HL2 runs like silk on everything maxed out on my system
     
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    Thanks for your response GG, but I'm afraid I don't know what that means!! :rolleyes: :) What does it do? I am not a big pc gamer - I just about know how to update drivers and that's it, all the intricacies of PC gaming set-up are lost on me...
     
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    Open steam, right click on half life 2. Click on properties and take it from there. :thumbsup:
     
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    It depends. If you have a 64 bit processor it makes a lot of difference. There is almost no limit to the amount of ram it can address. I have a 5 gig paging file on top of my 1 gig of ram and IMHO there is a huge difference.
     
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    Under "Launch Options"?

    What exactly does this do? Is there any risk/side-effects? Can it be undone? Thanks :smashin:
     
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    Thats right. It can be undone, just delete the script! :thumbsup:

    Remember not to use more than half your ram though, as it can get dodgy. If you have 512mb of ram just make a 256mb heapfile.

    Cheers.
     

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