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GeoTrail
post Jul 6 2005, 09:02 AM
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I purchased San Andreas about 2 weeks ago. I just love the game. Best ever wink.gif Infact, it's the only game I have on my machine. I love it so much that I'd do just about anything to get it running smoothly.

I've been using Windows XP for a long time, but SA is running about jaggedy.
I have a MSI kt4av mobo, AMD Athlon XP 2400+ thoroughbread CPU, 1 GB DDR400 ram and a Asus V9560 graphics card with the Nvidia 5600 chipset. Soundcard is the integrated one, AC'97 with the latest Vinyl drivers.

I was thinking of maybe installing Windows 98 or Windows 2000 to see if that makes the game run more smoothly. Has anyone done any tests on this to see if there is any better performance on 98 or 2000?
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post Jul 6 2005, 09:07 AM
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The minimum sys req states that the game can only be played in either W 200 or XP, can't be done in 98.


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post Jul 6 2005, 09:07 AM
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The minimum sys req states that the game can only be played in either W 2000 or XP, can't be done in 98.


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post Jul 6 2005, 09:10 AM
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Yes you are right. Says so on the game cover smile.gif
So has anyone tried it on 2000?

And, abit offtopic, why wouldn't it run on Windows 98?
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post Jul 6 2005, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE(GeoTrail @ Jul 6 2005, 06:10 AM)
Yes you are right. Says so on the game cover smile.gif
So has anyone tried it on 2000?

And, abit offtopic, why wouldn't it run on Windows 98?
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There are two reasons:

1. The game will check the operating system version and not install. These could be various reasons outside of our control.

2. There is specific library usage that is not supported by Windows98. The Windows NT kernel (which is the foundation for 2000/XP) handles memory and 32-bit processing very much differently than Windows98. Given user base, it's much easier for developers just to kibosh the Win9x code path, then try to support both sets of kernels. Think of it as forced evolution (someone pees in the gene pool).

I haven't tried it on 2000 myself, but I would imagine you would see no significant difference. The NT kernel is more dependent upon CPU, memory, and video card performance - as it should be.


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