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bassvax
01-22-2001, 01:05 AM
This could fit into the 'Software' side as well I guess. Problem is that in all of the movie's for the game I get a stuttering of the video and sound. I read a bit about using the quarter-screen mode and of course this cures the problem, but who wants to play on that size of screen? Not me! Any ways...I've tried using the 'low resolution' setting for movies in the FFVIII game config screen-no diff. My video and sound cards pass all of the tests on the config screen. I have the most recent drivers for all peripherals. I have the latest Direct X installed. This happened while using Win 98 as well. I have since updated the BIOS installed a new HD and a clean install of Win 98SE with all updates/fixes. No conflicts in Device manager. I have a suspicion it may be the processor. Any suggestions?
System:
Win 98SE
128MB RAM
46GB IBM Deskstar HD ATA 100 UDMA enabled
500MHz Celeron
Samsung Syncmaster 753DF 17"
Voodoo 4-4500 PCI 32MB
Legacy sound card (sorry not with me to ID)
Sony CDRW
50x CD-ROM
USB HP 932C printer

Thanks for any suggestions/advice. I've searched quite a bit for similar probs and the only advice I see is to run in quarter-screen...eck!

after posting this I read another post and it reminded me that I have the C-Media sound stuff (legacy)

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Jerry

[This message has been edited by bassvax (edited 01-22-2001).]

Paleo Pete
01-22-2001, 08:25 AM
I don't think it's the CPU, Celerons are supposed to be pretty good for gaming, and that doesn't sound like a CPU problem, although I could be wrong...

Have you tried cutting back the sound quality settings in the game? Is Full Duplex enabled? Do you have plenty free space for swap file activity?

Check memory settings in BIOS, wait states might be causing it not to wait for the next cycle or something of that nature. I'm sure you know to write down all changes, and make any changes one at a time. Check to be sure Internal and External cache are enabled, but I think you would notice big performance problems long before you started the game if they were disabled. Video Pallette snoop might be another to check, and video BIOS shadow.

Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide (http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed_Demonz/BIOS_Guide/BIOS_Guide_Index.htm)

PC Guide Optimizations and Enhancemants (http://www.pcguide.com/opt/opt/index.htm)

BIOS Survival Guide (http://www.manawatu.gen.nz/pages/bios_survival/bios_sg.htm)

I'm well aware that you know what you're doing, posted the links so you can double check and be sure you didn't miss something when you set up the machine originally. The BIOS Survival Guide has saved my hide more than once... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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bassvax
01-22-2001, 10:37 PM
Thanks Pete! I've not had much luck getting help on this one...I don't believe there are many people playing this one or they aren't on the forums I've been to. I will research those links and check your other suggestions as well.
On another note...I haven't forgotten you on that HD...I'll be sending it Thursday of this week. Thanks again.

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Jerry

Paleo Pete
01-23-2001, 09:16 AM
Thought of this later...

Some games work better in lower resolution, that means Windows Display settings, not game settings. I have to set mine on 256 color, 640x480 to get a couple of my games to work well, before starting the game.

You might also check the website for the game, I don't know who makes it, and see if they have anything in FAQ or tech support, maybe some patches.

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