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Friday, October 28th, 2005
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I got my replacement Fujitsu MAM3184MP disk yesterday. Transferred my filesystem over, and sent back the dying one today. All FedEx 2 day prepaid. Best disk RMA experience ever.

I got my copy of Civ 4 today. There's no crack yet. So first it wouldn't start because Disc 2 is incorrectly labeled the "Play" disc. Disc 1 (the "Install" disc) must be inserted to pass copy protection. After that, it displays some loading bars and crashes. I was all set to blame the copy protection, but the game apparently does not play on ATI Radeon cards.

There is some kind of hack that I haven't tried yet. But seriously, what the hell Firaxis?
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From: ex_md744
2005-10-28 11:43 pm (UTC)
2d directx got more complicated I guess?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-10-29 01:16 am (UTC)
Nope, they made the jump from 2D to 3D with this one.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2005-10-29 12:57 am (UTC)
Nooo the Civ!

It has a pretty box, isn't that enough? :D
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[User Picture]From: jzig
2005-10-29 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm told getting the absolute latest drivers and the absolute latest directx (you NEED 9.0c) fixes it for some ati cards.

I don't feel quite as bad about the fact that our game runs slower on ATI then nvidia now :)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-10-29 01:21 am (UTC)
The first thing the game installer does is run the MS DirectX installer, so I don't see how that could be a problem. I do have some pretty old ATI drivers installed, because the last couple of generations have been incompatible with DoW: WA on the 9800pro.

Looks like I'll be switching drivers depending on what programs I'd like to use... fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2005-10-29 05:37 am (UTC)
Just buy an nVidia. IT IS THE ONLY WAY MY SON
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-10-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
I do like NVIDIA better than ATI, but that's just because I have a better chance of recycling the card in a linux box when it's done. But at the time I bought the 9800 pro, there was just no reason to buy nv if you cared about price/performance.

As it is, I'm not upgrading my game machine anymore. Too many parts are too old. It needs to be completely replaced.
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From: entropy512
2005-10-30 05:36 pm (UTC)
I stuck with NV during their "down" time when ATI was beating them in terms of performance, my reasoning was that buying ATI was like swapping the engine from a McLaren F1 into a Yugo - Wicked fast until you crash and burn.

I was so disappointed when the NV 6000 series came out 2 months after I bought a FX5900 - The 6600gt was about twice the performance in Doom 3 at about the same price.

I want a 7800, but it won't be until February or so before I can build an entirely new gaming system. (Since the 7800s are PCI-Express only, I would need a new mobo, most likely a new CPU, and possibly new RAM. I would definately need all of those if I wanted to keep this current box functional as a MythTV backend.)
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