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I recently sold off my desktop, and now I've got a laptop with these specs:

13.3" Acer
4GB
Intel i3 380m @ 2.53GHz
Intel HD Graphics


I've been playing Sim City 4(which plays fine), and then I attempted The Sims 2 (w/ expansions) and it's super laggy.

Can You Run It? tells me that I won't be able to play:

Bioshock 1 or 2
Civ IV or V
SOSE


Short of playing Runescape or The Sims 1, does anyone have any suggestions? I rather it not be FPS, I don't have a mouse :/
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Thats weird. It should run fine on those, even with an integrated GPU. Which model is the Intel HD?

Because the recommended spec for Sims 2 is like:

1.6Ghz
512mb Ram
Nvidia 6800

Its defo the GPU, but it might be driver issue. The Intel HD 3000 series can do like CSS on high. Unless Sims 2 is one of those old games that all out refuses to run on integrated. There were some games back in the day that did that XD

Grab steam and try afew demos. Super Meat Boy is fun and should not tax your system too much.

EDIT: The games you listed have GPU req of a 7800GT for bioshock 2 and 9800 for Civ 5. So it might be laggy without a good dedicated GPU
Edited by DeepEmbrace - 6/9/11 at 1:03am
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VVVVVV, I love it, and it's a great game when you have 15 minutes to kill or something because you can just play and quit really quickly.
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Thats weird. It should run fine on those, even with an integrated GPU. Which model is the Intel HD?
I'm not sure. Here's the
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Originally Posted by DeepEmbrace View Post
Because the recommended spec for Sims 2 is like:

1.6Ghz
512mb Ram
Nvidia 6800

Its defo the GPU, but it might be driver issue. The Intel HD 3000 series can do like CSS on high. Unless Sims 2 is one of those old games that all out refuses to run on integrated. There were some games back in the day that did that XD

Grab steam and try afew demos. Super Meat Boy is fun and should not tax your system too much.

EDIT: The games you listed have GPU req of a 7800GT for bioshock 2 and 9800 for Civ 5. So it might be laggy without a good dedicated GPU
Sims 2 lags because I have so many expansions, that it takes forever to load and even when it does, the settings are pretty high. I should really just get an SSD for that one.

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VVVVVV, I love it, and it's a great game when you have 15 minutes to kill or something because you can just play and quit really quickly.
You mean Civ V? I don't think I'll be able to run it very smoothly.
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I'm not sure. Here's the link.



Sims 2 lags because I have so many expansions, that it takes forever to load and even when it does, the settings are pretty high. I should really just get an SSD for that one.



You mean Civ V? I don't think I'll be able to run it very smoothly.
no, He means VVVVVV. Look it up on Steam.

CIVIV should run ok on your notebook, and older games too like Baldur's Gate and Diablo II.
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Desktop Dungeons is a great timewaster and free http://www.qcfdesign.com/?cat=20
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EMULATORS.

Download, folks, download!
Illegal unless you own the system and all the roms you download as well. But you probably don't care do you?
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An emulator is illegal to download?
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Shatter and Revenge of the Titans are my time wasters.

I would recommend AI War: Fleet Command as an amazing RTS that will run on just about any PC, but an RTS will be pretty hard without a mouse.
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