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Below I am posting my DX DIAG, if you find something out of date, or questionable - please let me know. I'm trying to squeeze as much FPS out of this beast as I can.

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System Information

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Time of this report: 1/18/2010, 00:30:30

Machine name: KAPAET

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: INTEL_

System Model: D915GAV_

BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/22/06 23:50:09 Ver: 08.00.10

Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)

Memory: 2686MB RAM

Page File: 132MB used, 4443MB available

Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes

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DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.

Display Tab 1: No problems found.

Sound Tab 1: The file ctaud2k.sys is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to get a WHQL logo'd driver from the hardware manufacturer.

Music Tab: No problems found.

Input Tab: No problems found.

Network Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels

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Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)

DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)

DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)

DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)

DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)

DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)

DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices

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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Chip type: GeForce 8800 GT

DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0611&SUBSYS_C8023842&REV_A2

Display Memory: 512.0 MB

Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (75Hz)

Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor

Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200

Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll

Driver Version: 6.14.0011.8122 (English)

DDI Version: 9 (or higher)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Driver Date/Size: 1/15/2009 08:19:00, 6168960 bytes

WHQL Logo'd: Yes

WHQL Date Stamp: n/a

VDD: n/a

Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys

Mini VDD Date: 1/15/2009 08:19:00, 6301248 bytes

Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4551-11CF-4844-09E803C2CB35}

Vendor ID: 0x10DE

Device ID: 0x0611

SubSys ID: 0xC8023842

Revision ID: 0x00A2

Revision ID: 0x00A2

Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A

Deinterlace Caps: {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

Registry: OK

DDraw Status: Enabled

D3D Status: Enabled

AGP Status: Enabled

DDraw Test Result: Not run

D3D7 Test Result: Not run

D3D8 Test Result: Not run

D3D9 Test Result: Not run

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Sound Devices

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Description: SB X-Fi Audio [bC00]

Default Sound Playback: Yes

Default Voice Playback: Yes

Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0005&SUBSYS_00211102&REV_00

Manufacturer ID: 1

Product ID: 100

Type: WDM

Driver Name: ctaud2k.sys

Driver Version: 6.00.0001.1373 (English)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

WHQL Logo'd: No

Date and Size: 6/4/2009 02:47:14, 526232 bytes

Other Files:

Driver Provider: Creative

HW Accel Level: Full

Cap Flags: 0xF5F

Min/Max Sample Rate: 1, 192000

Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 128, 128

Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 128, 128

HW Memory: 0

Voice Management: Yes

EAX 2.0 Listen/Src: Yes, Yes

I3DL2 Listen/Src: No, No

Sensaura ZoomFX: No

Registry: OK

Sound Test Result: Not run

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Sound Capture Devices

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Description: SB X-Fi Audio [bC00]

Default Sound Capture: Yes

Default Voice Capture: Yes

Driver Name: ctaud2k.sys

Driver Version: 6.00.0001.1373 (English)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Date and Size: 6/4/2009 02:47:14, 526232 bytes

Cap Flags: 0x41

Format Flags: 0xFFF

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DirectMusic

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DLS Path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\drivers\GM.DLS

DLS Version: 1.00.0016.0002

Acceleration: Enabled

Ports: SB X-Fi DMusic Synth [bC00], Hardware (Kernel Mode), Output, DLS, Internal, Default Port

SB X-Fi Audio [bC00], Software (Kernel Mode), Output, DLS, Internal

Microsoft MIDI Mapper [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal

SB X-Fi Synth B [bC00] [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal

SB X-Fi Synth A [bC00] [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal

Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal

Microsoft Synthesizer, Software (Not Kernel Mode), Output, DLS, Internal

Registry: OK

Test Result: Not run

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DirectInput Devices

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Device Name: Mouse

Attached: 1

Controller ID: n/a

Vendor/Product ID: n/a

FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Keyboard

Attached: 1

Controller ID: n/a

Vendor/Product ID: n/a

FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop® 2.10

Attached: 1

Controller ID: 0x0

Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x009D

FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop® 2.10

Attached: 1

Controller ID: 0x0

Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x009D

FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop® 2.10

Attached: 1

Controller ID: 0x0

Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x009D

FF Driver: n/a

Poll w/ Interrupt: No

Registry: OK

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USB Devices

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+ USB Root Hub

| Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x2658

| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub

| Service: usbhub

| Driver: usbhub.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

| Driver: usbd.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 4736 bytes

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Gameport Devices

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PS/2 Devices

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+ HID Keyboard Device

| Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x009D

| Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_keyboard

| Service: kbdhid

| Driver: kbdhid.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 14848 bytes

| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 24576 bytes

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+ Terminal Server Keyboard Driver

| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd

| Upper Filters: kbdclass

| Service: TermDD

| Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 01:01:08, 40840 bytes

| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 24576 bytes

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+ HID-compliant mouse

| Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x009D

| Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse

| Service: mouhid

| Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 23040 bytes

| Driver: mouhid.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 12160 bytes

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+ HID-compliant mouse

| Vendor/Product ID: 0x0461, 0x4D16

| Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse

| Service: mouhid

| Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 23040 bytes

| Driver: mouhid.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 12160 bytes

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+ Terminal Server Mouse Driver

| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou

| Upper Filters: mouclass

| Service: TermDD

| Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 01:01:08, 40840 bytes

| Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 23040 bytes

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DirectPlay Service Providers

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DirectPlay8 Modem Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

DirectPlay8 IPX Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

Internet TCP/IP Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

IPX Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

Modem Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

Serial Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

DirectPlay Voice Wizard Tests: Full Duplex: Not run, Half Duplex: Not run, Mic: Not run

DirectPlay Test Result: Not run

Registry: OK

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DirectPlay Adapters

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DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider: COM1

DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider: Local Area Connection - IPv4 -

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DirectPlay Voice Codecs

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Voxware VR12 1.4kbit/s

Voxware SC06 6.4kbit/s

Voxware SC03 3.2kbit/s

MS-PCM 64 kbit/s

MS-ADPCM 32.8 kbit/s

Microsoft GSM 6.10 13 kbit/s

TrueSpeech 8.6 kbit/s

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DirectPlay Lobbyable Apps

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives

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Drive: C:

Free Space: 227.3 GB

Total Space: 238.5 GB

File System: NTFS

Model: WDC WD2500JD-00HBC0

Drive: D:

Model: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B

Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 49536 bytes

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System Devices

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Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_266F&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&F9

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\intelide.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 14:59:42, 5504 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 25088 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 95360 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM SMBus Controller - 266A

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_266A&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&FB

Driver: n/a

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2666

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2666&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E3

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2664

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2664&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E2

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2662

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2662&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E1

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2660&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E0

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265C&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&EF

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 26624 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 142976 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 16:56:48, 74240 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hccoin.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 7168 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265B

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265B&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&EB

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 20480 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 142976 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 16:56:48, 74240 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265A

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265A&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&EA

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 20480 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 142976 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 16:56:48, 74240 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2659&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E9

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 20480 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 142976 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 16:56:48, 74240 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2658&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&E8

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 20480 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 142976 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 16:56:48, 74240 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 57600 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2651&SUBSYS_41568086&REV_03\3&11583659&0&FA

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\intelide.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/3/2004 14:59:42, 5504 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 25088 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 95360 bytes

Name: Intel® 82801FB LPC Interface Controller - 2640

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2640&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&11583659&0&F8

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys, 5.01.2600.0000 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 35840 bytes

Name: Intel® 915G/P/GV PCI Express Root Port - 2581

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2581&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_04\3&11583659&0&08

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® 915G/P/GV Processor to I/O Controller - 2580

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2580&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_04\3&11583659&0&00

Driver: n/a

Name: Intel® 82801 PCI Bridge - 244E

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_244E&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_D3\3&11583659&0&F0

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 04:00:00, 68224 bytes

Name: Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection

Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1064&SUBSYS_30578086&REV_01\4&23C0B1C&0&40F0

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\e100b325.sys, 8.00.0043.0000 (English), 10/31/2006 14:15:24, 165760 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Prounstl.exe, 8.01.0007.0000 (English), 10/16/2006 13:04:30, 154496 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\e100b325.din, 10/11/2006 15:57:56, 5456 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\NicCo.dll, 1.01.0005.0000 (English), 9/12/2006 21:39:08, 28536 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\NicInst.dll, 9.06.0002.0000 (English), 9/12/2006 21:41:34, 35704 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\e100bmsg.dll, 8.00.0040.0000 (English), 10/4/2006 12:52:52, 43880 bytes

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Name: Creative SB X-Fi

Device ID: PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0005&SUBSYS_00211102&REV_00\4&23C0B1C&0&10F0

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ksuser.dll, 5.03.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 00:56:44, 4096 bytes

Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ksproxy.ax, 5.03.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004

-- I left out some of what I think is the irrelevant stuff towards the end of the Dxdiag file.

Let me know what you think, please, thanks!

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Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)

no Service Pack 3?

I do have a bunch more suggestions for you but they're :advanced user: type ones you might end up having to reformat your computer just to get it working again, or even reset the CMOS back to factory defaults LOL

Edited by whitten

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no Service Pack 3?

I do have a bunch more suggestions for you but they're :advanced user: type ones you might end up having to reformat your computer just to get it working again, or even reset the CMOS back to factory defaults LOL

Lay on the suggestions. I reformat my computer fairly often anyhow.

Lastly, my ingame settings are humble. I run player vis at medium, sounds at 64 - I get roughly at low, around 18 in fierce combat. I generally play with the hud off, and fog kicked in, so I don't really evaluate. But with hud on, it's more of a grind.

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Lay on the suggestions. I reformat my computer fairly often anyhow.

Lastly, my ingame settings are humble. I run player vis at medium, sounds at 64 - I get roughly at low, around 18 in fierce combat. I generally play with the hud off, and fog kicked in, so I don't really evaluate. But with hud on, it's more of a grind.

notice you have a P4 processor, that is going to slow your system a bit, as the P4 line are the min. requirements for the game and tend to run considerable slower than a Core 2 processor of similar clock speed (or even lower clock speed).

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You must install SP3 and set Windows for auto update - or at least to auto-inform you when an update is available. Windows has enough security holes even when it IS up-to-date !!

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ok here's a list of suggestions that DO improve fps but the improvements varies and most the PC's I have gain a small boost, only 1 machine gained a 10fps boost, and that was the one i'm using now.

I have no idea what the 915 board BIOS is like or if it is even customizable at all. so I will only focus on software changes in windows.

go to device manager.

disable the USB 2.0 controller, if you have any USB2.0 devices leave it enabled if you want webcams/thumb drives/etc to run smoother/faster, does not affect mouse/keyboard.

disable unused USB controllers, with WinXP you'll have to manually check which controller is in use before you disable it, because in vista it will not allow you to disable something being used.

do the same for IDE/SATA controllers not being used.

here's a screenshot of my Device Manager the little black arrow by it means it is disabled. btw my device manager does look alittle bare because I disabled things in the BIOS so they're disabled hardware side meaning no tweaking in windows.

dm.jpg

EDIT: also it does help if you have drivers for everything, including chipset drivers which can be found at intel.com, chipset drivers tell windows how to use your motherboard, it also installs drivers for your controllers for SATA, USB, etc.

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ok here's a list of suggestions that DO improve fps but the improvements varies and most the PC's I have gain a small boost, only 1 machine gained a 10fps boost, and that was the one i'm using now.

I have no idea what the 915 board BIOS is like or if it is even customizable at all. so I will only focus on software changes in windows.

go to device manager.

disable the USB 2.0 controller, if you have any USB2.0 devices leave it enabled if you want webcams/thumb drives/etc to run smoother/faster, does not affect mouse/keyboard.

disable unused USB controllers, with WinXP you'll have to manually check which controller is in use before you disable it, because in vista it will not allow you to disable something being used.

do the same for IDE/SATA controllers not being used.

here's a screenshot of my Device Manager the little black arrow by it means it is disabled. btw my device manager does look alittle bare because I disabled things in the BIOS so they're disabled hardware side meaning no tweaking in windows.

dm.jpg

EDIT: also it does help if you have drivers for everything, including chipset drivers which can be found at intel.com, chipset drivers tell windows how to use your motherboard, it also installs drivers for your controllers for SATA, USB, etc.

WOW where do you make this up

This wont do anything for him AT ALL

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Chipset drivers for the motherboard are installed, I believe. Or they had been - I'm not sure if reformatting windows would have played a roll in removing them.

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If you were paying a top firm of IT Consultants for this advice, they would say - go away, get your Service Packs up to date, call us back when you have got your first problem fixed, then we can proceed...

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WOW where do you make this up

This wont do anything for him AT ALL

I do not make it up, I did note the improvement is very small, but it is there, I would not have posted at all if it did not do anything but it does.

also canadian if you haven't already look for a window xp services tweak guide, disabling the ones you do not need will free up a few CPU cycles

here's a good one http://www.blackviper.com/winxp/servicecfg.htm

I generally use the SAFE section.

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I do not make it up, I did note the improvement is very small, but it is there, I would not have posted at all if it did not do anything but it does.

also canadian if you haven't already look for a window xp services tweak guide, disabling the ones you do not need will free up a few CPU cycles

here's a good one http://www.blackviper.com/winxp/servicecfg.htm

I generally use the SAFE section.

I'll use the tweaked section when I get home. I remember doing this a while ago, but I'll go over it again.

As for the other suggestion, regarding the USB ports/controllers, if I disable them - they won't interfere with my mouse/keyboard since they both use USB?

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If you were paying a top firm of IT Consultants for this advice' date=' they would say - go away, get your Service Packs up to date, call us back when you have got your [b']first problem fixed, then we can proceed...

I'd fire them shortly after, and seek advice from some competent consultants.

I don't have a problem with my service pack, and as far as I'm aware, sp3 was a bunch of security hotfixes, with very little to do along the lines of system optimization (if I'm wrong, and this WOULD increase my system optimization, do let know). I've also had problems with sp3 when I had it installed on another machine.

So far, nothings broke - or violated my machine with sp2.

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as long as you make sure to not disable the ones in use.

if you right click the controller and go to properties it should give alittle list saying what is connected to it.

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