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Running Kmod, rather than walking it

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 17:49:49

TheCount

Hello. I downloaded Kmod (which curiously is also the name of a Gens mod), and I'm trying to run it, but I'm having problems. When I run it on D3D it reports an "init failed" 340 (I think) error. When I run it on GL (with the -allowsoftware switch, or otherwise it won't run), I get to see images every two seconds that give me a slight idea of what is supposed to be going on in the game. Anyway, my computer is a 6 years old and never upgraded system, with 56MB of RAM, and only God knows what video card/driver/deodorant/whatever it has. I know that I have installed Directx at least 8.0, but lately D3D is failing on other games other than this. If anyone cares and/or knows about what I should do, help is appreciated. Thanks for your attention. TheCount
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 18:43:26

RambOrc

Running OpenGL in software mode will give you something like 1 fps, meaning completely useless. If you can find out what your card is and it's an nVidia or ATI, you might be able to find modern drivers for it. As for the Direct3D problem, it might also be solved by modern drivers. Make sure you get some from the graphics chip manufacturer and not from MS, theirs aren't worth a spit.
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 19:18:57

TheCount

First of all, thank you very much for replying. As for the card, I am clueless. Any ideas on how I should find out what card I have? And what exactly is a driver? I just don't get along with this kind of stuff, because I never had to deal with it. Could you explain this more throughly, please? Thank you very much TheCount
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:57:02

Firebrand

Which version of Windows you are running?
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 03:43:40

TheCount

Windows 98 SE.
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 04:35:32

Crimson Wizard

M$ Windows 98 Scattered Evil <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> sorry... [quote="TheCount":pbo3mfcq]As for the card, I am clueless. Any ideas on how I should find out what card I have? Uh, Iast time I worked with Win98 was half of a year ago, and I usually use XP, so I may say wrong things here. On your desktop click right mouse button to call context menu and select "Properties" (or Options or Desktop Properties or Display Properties... hell, I really forgot how it is in english version; anyway, it must be the last option in the menu). A Display Properties window will appear. Click on the last Tab ("Parameters" maybe). Click "Advanced" button. In the newly opened window select "Adapter" Tab. Your grahics card should be specified here. If I am wrong in something others will correct me. [quote="TheCount":pbo3mfcq]And what exactly is a driver? "Driver" is a special program which allows your operating system communicate with hardware - keyboard, mouse, printer, graphics and sound cards, etc. Usually those for graphics card need to be updated regulary (if you care ofcourse) since their manufacturers fix bugs and enhance its work.
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 05:24:50

TheCount

I think then, the card is a Trident Blade 3D/MVP4. I kind of thought a driver was that. How do you update a driver? I don't know what the menus are in english either <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o --> Thanks a lot. TheCount
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 08:40:45

Crimson Wizard

[quote="TheCount":3q61g3v5]I think then, the card is a Trident Blade 3D/MVP4. I kind of thought a driver was that. How do you update a driver? Hmm... I am not a great spec in hardware, anyway I cannot remember hearing about such card. As for the update, maybe there are some other possibilities, but usually people use Internet to download them. Try seeking for manufacturer's website.
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 09:11:39

RambOrc

Trident Blade cards are too old to be able to run any modern 3D API. They are basically 2D only. With Korax Arena, it shouldn't be that much of a problem as it has a software rendering mode, but with KMOD which doesn't have such an option it means you won't be able to run it, sorry.
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 14:53:57

Anonymous

[quote="Crimson Wizard":2i405ygu] "Driver" is a special program which allows your operating system communicate with hardware - keyboard, mouse, printer, graphics and sound cards, etc. Usually those for graphics card need to be updated regulary (if you care ofcourse) since their manufacturers fix bugs and enhance its work. Hmm, yet somehow while nVidia at 64 megs has never failed me for 5 years, ATI Catalyst caused a huge fiasco on my new (no older than 3 months) Alienware with 256 mb... hell to ATI, stick with nVidia. Also, 56 ram? Isn't that low? Maybe it would be better to invest in one of those 300$ dells that could run games from 3 to 4 years ago... or maybe it is the drivers... again, i don't know for sure, technology and I are like school and summer vacation... damn, summer is over soon...
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 15:32:17

TheCount

Well, I suppose I won't be able to run it. I updated the driver and solved an old problem I had anyway. And yeah, 56MB is low (and not even a round number). Any standart computer nowdays has at least 256, if I'm not wrong. Thank you all for helping. TheCount
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 16:47:24

RambOrc

Well if you see a new computer anywhere on display with less than 512 MB RAM, you should steer clear of it... as for ATI vs nVidia drivers, it's more of a faith thing than reality, half the people have better experience with one and the other half with the other. On Winblows, there isn't any real difference. On Mac OS X, I prefer ATI because they release standalone drivers with a Catalyst control center where you can set things system wide (like forced anti aliasing). You can't do this with nVidia cards, meaning I'm rather unhappy about having a GF 6600 in this machine (I still hope ATI will release an X1800 or X1900 series card for PowerPC).

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