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Hi i know my pc is old but i played the original fear very fine, it was always smooth at +50 fps, but then i wanted to play the expansion and the game behaves like if i had 256mb ram, i mean every 5sec the games freeze to read data from the hard drive, there is so much lag every moment, it´s imposible to play like that, you walk some steps and the game stop for 2-5 sec, then again, and again

mi pc is (p4ht 3.0 + 1gb ddr400 + ati x800pro)
mi hard drive is not fragmented and it's sata
mi game options are normal, like i said i played fear very good
my original fear is updated to the last version
i played on xp and vista and get the same problem

So i don´t know what to do
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Did you try closing all your background applications and have you fixed the size of your pagefile?
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The expansion might have updated FEAR's graphic engine just enough that you can barely play it.. Some expansions do that to stay on top of graphics, and not look old.
    
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Try turning on 'Pixel Doubling' or something like that. I had exactly the same thing with the original game, but when I turned that on it was gone. Game didn't look any different than before.

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Its true with my old PC the expansion also lagged a bit but FEAR normal ran fine.Maybe because they made the graphics a little better or something.
 
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thanks to all
*my pagefile is the win xp-vista default
*my drivers are updated
*maybe you need more ram to run the expansion
*I´ll try to lower the graphics, but i set them the same quality as fear1
1024x768, no AA-AF, no shadows, no v-sync, everything else at max

i´ll try lowering the details but i have the feeling it won´t work
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Ram won't fix the problem, you need to update the graphics card.
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in case someone have the same problem here is what i did to stop the lagging:

*disabled gamepad support and sound buffers, hardware sound

that was all, no need to lower the graphics
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Originally Posted by Radeon915 View Post
Try turning on 'Pixel Doubling' or something like that. I had exactly the same thing with the original game, but when I turned that on it was gone. Game didn't look any different than before.

Hope this helps
expansions almost always add a little graphical tweaks, so yeah he's right. and ur cpu is pretty under powered, i know i used to have one, had to oc it to 3.8 to get a little head room
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I find FEAR has a laggy feel about it too, even though my frame rates are off the chart it just seems like there is stuttering going on. So, your not alone...
 
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