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  1. I just got my Eyefinity set up, with 3x24" monitors and a 5870. I first tried with the monitors in landscape mode and BE started ok. With such a wide screen, the display is so distorted at the edges that I thought I'd try running them in portrait instead, to get more resolution. However, the game doesn't start at all, it just flashes the screen and nothing happens. Nothing in the log files, either. Has anyone successfully tried running BE with this setup? The resolution, including bezel compensation, is 3926x1920.
  2. Well, I for my part have been subscribed with my 2 accounts for the past 12 months and I plan to remain so for the next 12, so I'll happily accept the lower price. Thanks! I find it strange that people are arguing over a few dollars a month to play a game that you first have to put down a grand for a computer to be able to play at all... Sure, there are people who are having a hard time, but if you really are in such bad financial shape, then maybe a gaming rig shouldn't be on your shopping list either? As for the "should be free" crowd: There is no such thing as a free lunch. For that model to be financially sustainable to CRS, you would end up having to pay the same amount in the end anyway. And would you really want a game where only the people with extra cash to spare could spawn a Tiger? I remember playing WarBirds back in 1995. In case you don't remember, that cost $2/hour! Things are better now, no matter what you think.
  3. Yeah, it seems to be whether Windows thinks the display is in portrait or landscape mode that makes the difference. In the win7 resolution control panel, it calls this "portrait" presumably because the individual displays are rotated. If I switch to "landscape", I get the equivalent of having 3 monitors stacked on top of each other (on its side, of course) with a resolution of 1920x3600. But BE will happily run with that resolution, although the UI is totally messed up and the view unplayably narrow... I wish it looked at the number of pixels instead of at "portrait" or "horizontal". As to "better", the resolution is definitely better. The FOV is not much wider, but it should be a lot easier to pick out the attitude of enemy planes to find other units with 3x more pixels...
  4. I think they are announcing the new cards in a few days. They won't be out until 2011 sometime.
  5. You should also try downloading the LinX stress test and make sure it will run for many hours without an error. That'll stress your CPU etc and make sure it's holding up. Finally, for the graphics card there's FurMark that stresses your GPU. Make sure all 3 of these can run for *a long time* without errors or crashes, and monitor CPU and GPU temperatures. This'll help track down which of the subsystems are causing the crash, if it's indeed hardware related. Do any other games crash?
  6. A way for you... ? No. A way for CRS. Yes, but they don't want it. Try searching back the barracks for posts by Scotsman and I think you'll find plenty of discussions.
  7. If it is faulty ram, Memtest86 should find it. Download this, burn it to a CD and run overnight:
  8. Weird. It should remain where you put it after restart. Maybe try the "reset UI" button.
  9. There's been questions flying around about whether ATI cards perform poorly or what causes the huge drop in fps when looking through binos. Please do this test and post the results so we can see if there's a pattern. (I reposted this from the original long thread so that it would be easier to find) Note that this is different from CRS's performance survey, this is my own project. The best way to test if there's something going awry with ATI cards is to test in a situation that is GPU bound. If it's not GPU bound, you're not measuring the relevant quantity. The implication is that you should test when looking through the binos at the speedtrees. This seems to be so gpu bound that it basically won't even matter what CPU you have, the fps should be solidly determined by what your graphics card can do. Here's my arbitrarily defined test case: Set maximum quality, shadows high, all effects on, vsync off, res 1920x1200. (If you can't run 1920x1200, run the highest you can and note that in the results.) Make sure all driver settings (Catalyst Control Center, ATI tray tools, etc) are "application controlled" so you're not running AA/AF which skews the results. Spawn a british rifle offline, go to the poles by the doors between the spawn buildings and look down the road (like in the perf test). Your view should look like this: Switch to binos and observe fps. It's sensitive to the exact area you look at, so try to replicate the same view as below: Note the fps. As you can see in the screenshot, my 4870 using Catalyst 10.2 gives 45 fps here. If we get some reports of both ATI and Nvidia cards we should be able to determine if the ATI cards underperform relative to their theoretical performance. Include your CPU/clock speed, your video card, and the driver version.
  10. Maybe there can be a "beginner" UI and an "advanced" UI that you can select once you learn the ropes? It's pretty common for programs to have such a functionality. The "simple" UI might just have a "wizard" for finding the current ongoing battles or something, and the advanced would have all the functionality talked about here.
  11. You probably want to open a support ticket with CRS for this. This is community support.
  12. Pretty sure the video card is too old. Does it run current drivers?
  13. Isn't that card below min specs?
  14. Yeah, but try installing some free demo. That's the only way you'll know whether it's something about the eyefinity config or something this game doesn't like about it.
  15. Re: PSU, 550W should be enough, if it's a good quality one, as long as you're not planning on running Crossfire. The 5770 is not a very power hungry card, see for example The i7-920/5770 system only used <270W max. It would probably work fine even with 2x5770's if you decided to upgrade.
  16. You should get a new one -- don't back down.
  17. Unless you just plugged the card in, I don't think it's in any way justified to blame the pcie slot. Were you running a game when it happened? I bet either poor cooling (was the fan running at high speed?) or just a random bad component. That card must be several years old, right? Probably just a case of the vrm circuitry wearing out due to high temps and not-awesome quality control.
  18. Hey all, Since I recently upgraded to Win7, I just realized that the reason the sound directions sounded off is because MS "improved" on XP by removing the ability for sound drivers to use the special X-Fi 3D processing through DirectSound3D. I installed Creative Alchemy, which is supposed to fix this, but I'm having some weird problems. Basically, I can run with Alchemy fine, as long as ATI Tray Tools isn't running. If it is running, ww2.exe fails to start with a message saying "Error R6030: CRT not initialized". This error seems to have something to do with the Visual C++ runtime libraries, but htf ATI Tray Tools can affect this is beyond me. (Without Alchemy I can run with ATT fine.) Anyone else noticed anything similar with Alchemy? I sort of want to get this working because I use ATT to automatically underclock/undervolt my card when it's not running 3D, which lowers the power consumption of the 4870 quite a bit.
  19. The only thing I found made a difference is AA and it's simple: higher AA looks better but brings your FPS down. It totally depends on your graphics card and your resolution what you want to set it at.
  20. It's possible you also have a bad thermal interface between the heat sink and the GPU. I had a Sapphire 4870 that went to 110+ degrees and it was totally a bad fit with the heat sink. When I replaced it with an aftermarket heat sink the temps went down by 70C when loaded!
  21. Be VERY CAREFUL doing this! Vacuum cleaners generate a lot of static electricity and accidentally touching (or even coming near enough to get a discharge) could fry your system. I much prefer taking the case outside and blowing away with the compressed air, for this reason. It's not really worth the risk.
  22. Hypersk, good to know that it's not just me having this problem. ATT has been responsible for some weird **** on my machine, and the author just denied even the possibility that it could cause what it obviously causes. I suspect posting this on the ATT forum will have similar results...
  23. I'm running my E8500/ Gigabyte EP45-UD3P at 4.2GHz (440x9.5), but that's on water after several days of tweaking and testing, playing with clock skews etc. Vcore is 1.3375V, Vtt 1.24V. It's fully stable except it sometimes resets to stock speed when rebooting, haven't been able to figure out what causes this. The current problem is my memory (running at 1056) that overheats and gives errors, even though it's rated for 1066. The overclock you can get depends on many things: if you get a good processor, motherboard type, cooling, memory. There are many factors that can limit the overclock, so you can't really just copy someone else's settings. Here are some links I found helpful: Intel-FSB-Over-Clocking-clock-skew-and-the-effects-it-has-on-system-memory. Anandtech on T_rd Technical read about termination/reference voltages Specific examples of 8500 and GA-EP45-UD3P