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My voice actually does not sound like that; I have a serious sinus and ear infection at the moment and can barely speak.

Just to be clear, the problem is not that Crysis 2 will not play on the 9600 GSO (96 shader), but that an error message pops up stating that the video card is not supported. The 9600 GSO actually handles the game on "very high settings" with a consistent 25 to 30 frames per second. I simply want to find a way to remove the error message.

Again, the game does play. But when you start it there is an error message stating that the video card is not supported and that the game will not run on the video card. You have to select the option to play anyway, and it plays with no problems. I want to disable that false error message.


Here is the video:
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N90G-jfQbLc[/ame]
Note: running FRAPS in the background drops the frame rate around 3 to 5 frames. However, even with FRAPS running I'm getting about 25 FPS in the middle of a firefight on the very high settings.

I installed Crysis 2 (patch 1.2) on a computer with a 9600 GSO 384 (96 shader/192-bit version). This card plays Crysis 2 on the Advanced/Very High (whatever the middle category is) and gets about 30 FPS 1280 x 1024 (FRAPS). Doesn't surprise me considering it's an almost direct port of the PS3 version which is based on 7800 GTX 256 MB hardware.

Here is the funny part. When I start the game a nag message pops up and it says something like: "Oh no's! Your video card is old! You must buy GTX 590 or Crysis 2 will blow up your computer!". I was like, "surrrrrrre it will". So I played the game for a few hours, waiting for an inevitable lock-up, freeze, BSOD, or low frames. Nothing. Played fine. No problems. LOL!

Again, I'm just looking to disable that error message. Has any one figured out how to do that? I'd also be interested to hear if anyone else has run into this with any other video cards that are able to handle the game regardless of the error message.

Comparison between 7800 GTX hardware (similar to PS3 RSX) and the 9600 GSO:
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=563&card2=310
7800 GTX had 24 "fragment pipelines", while the 9600 GSO has 96 "shader processors". Basically between DX9 and DX10, fragment pipelines became shader processors. No reason that the 9600 GSO could not play this game at 1280 x 1024. I'd suspect the 8800 GTS 320 could handle it as well, but I no longer have one of those to test that.
    
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Is the error on the most recent whql driver?
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Originally Posted by grunion;13271734 
Is the error on the most recent whql driver?

I will investigate and get back to you. I just hope the newest drivers don't fubar windows again, like they did in my GTX295 system.

Like I said, I am going to investigate the driver issue. However, I have a feeling it is because the card is less than 512 MB. This limitation doesn't make sense to me considering the PS3 has 256 MB of memory.

I'll get back when I have re-installed the newest driver.
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Checking the drivers was something that needed to be eliminated as a cause. So, thanks Grunion. That was helpful.

1) Same error with newest drivers.
2) Frame rate actually dropped about 2 frames.
3) Now there are also flickering lights and other graphical errors.

Going to go back to 266 drivers now.

I had problems with the 270 drivers on other computers as well; especially multi-GPU machines. Not saying everyone else is going to have the same problems, but that has been my experience.

I'm now back to the 266 drivers and the game runs just fine. Except for the error message. I really would like to get rid of that error message.


Well, it looks to me like the makers of the game created some type of script that is automatically generated when a graphics card of under 512 MB is used. I wonder what other video cards get this message?
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Anybody?

This would be a problem for anyone running the game on an 8800 GTS 320 or 8800 GT 256 as well. Not many people use those, but some do.

I just found out from a friend that Crysis 2 does not report an error when being played on a Pentium D 820 with an 8600 GT 512! ROFL! That is WAY worse than this machine!

I've just learned via youtube that the 9600 GSO 784 is also "not supported" by Crysis 2, though that card will also play the game on the very high settings with no problems. This means that it is not the memory amount, but the model of card. I'd like to know what other cards get this bogus error message.

I've now learned that the 8600 GTS 256 & 512 also will show the error message and that those cards too can play the game (though on lower settings). Based on videos I've seen posted it appears that the game does not report an error message for any of the 8800 GT or GTS series cards (320, 640, 512).


What I'm saying is that although the frame buffer on the 8600 GT 512 may be greater than the 9600 GSO 384, the ability of the 9600 GSO to paint the sprites and geometry with its 96 stream processors and 192 bit bandwidth more than compensates, as the 8600 GT 512 only has a a fraction of the bandwidth and a mere 32 stream processors. The frame buffer limitation that the game reports is completely arbitrary.

http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=563&card2=513

The 8600 GT has a third of the stream processors and almost half the bandwidth! The Pentium D 820 was slower than the fastest single core Pentium 4's!

They have got to get rid of that dumb error message in the next patch.
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 4/27/11 at 12:48am
    
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