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13 September 2012 - 11:18 PM
Man, I'm getting so many facts backwards... I remember a 7 somewhere, and, yes, the Sempron doesn't come clocked that low. My point was rather that it doesn't take much to drive Lubuntu, although I'm probably not looking too credible with all these hiccups.
11 September 2012 - 09:01 AMIf you want a pretty familiar interface, I'd have to suggest Lubuntu.
KDELXDE, which is -very- similar to Window's default, unmodified interface. Although the package system is a little... archaic, and takes awhile to get used to, everything else is easy to pick up on, and I've seen it run on everything as low as a 700 MHz Sempron with 256MB of RAM.
Vector Linux is also insanely lightweight. It uses XFCE, which is a rather strange splicing of some OSX (notably the dock) and Unity elements, but is also easy to work. It has a more robust package system, as well, but it's based off of Slackware, so there'll be less software avaliable.
30 July 2012 - 01:01 PMI have a desktop, but it's stuck in NY. This laptop is all I have till I can get it. Or get another PC, which is more likely. I'll probably just arrange for the HDDs to be sent down, since the rest of the PC isn't all that hot either.
Just a heads up: the vanilla GPU with most Pentium-based notebooks has trouble running Heroes as well, from what I've seen... You don't need a dedicated GPU or anything, but the Intel HD 3000 runs it 'real nice at 1024x768, with only occasional and minor slowdowns. If you can, though, you might just want a dedicated card for the sake of any games that aren't several years old.
30 July 2012 - 12:38 PMThat's shared memory. That's actually why I switched from CPU-Z to SIW for things like this. This desktop has a G45/43 Express Chipset. It has 1631MB of shared memory, and 64MB that's dedicated. If I really had 1.6GB of VRAM, I'd be able to play Generations with almost no slowdown (my CPU's just a bit slow, even for the minimum.) In reality, I can barely play the demo with everything turned down or off.
I really recommend you check with SIW. It's not the most accurate, either, but it has much more than CPU-Z. I promise it's not infected. Retro doesn't need any more of that.
EDIT: Get the 2011 version. It's free and not a 30-day trial.
The thing about video memory is either you have enough, or you don't, in a majority of cases. If he had too little, and the application were aware of it, it wouldn't run... If it weren't, it would either crash as soon as it tried to access non-existant memory, or it would fill the frame buffer with grabage.
Yeah, the 945GM just doesn't have any bang whatsoever; it's in many ways just a GPU for the sake of having a GPU... Running the desktop, some application suites, and video playback, but that's all you should ever try to make it do. And, like most games made within the last 15 years, Heroes is mostly GPU intensive. You can easily run it on a mid-range, single-core Pentium 4.
Methinks you're just screwed, and I'll assume you've done atleast some Googling on further optimizations/speedhacks for the game.
15 July 2012 - 08:45 PM
Really, there's just no way in hell you could get a wireless connection with that kind of bandwidth (~8Gbps/1GBps, iirc, if you want 1080p). Even if that were possible, you'd still need a constant, flawless connection, otherwise facing quite a few... Problems. The results on-screen of a scrambled connection isn't pretty in the slightest.
Cheapest solution would be to move your PC; not happening, I'm sure, heh...
EDIT: Actually, scratch that; I spoke too soon, and a bit of Googling makes it seem like it's possible and practical, just not very cheap.
I found a lower-end one for about $100, but the product description isn't helping and it looks like you'll be stuck with composite, which is as far as I know only capable of 720i.
A more expensive solution here, too, this one supporting HDMI and 1080p output for about $180.
Do some research on these, first, though; I'm not sure what exactly they're capable of, nor their limitations.