I need help with a game, please.

  Forum Editor 19:00 26 May 2007

A client of mine has called me with a problem.

He's tgrying to play Rome Total War on his machine, and he's having display problems. He can see the graphics OK, but the screen flickers with patches of read and pink all the time.

He has a Geforce 6200 graphics card, and plenty of RAM. Is this a graphics driver problem, or a chip incompatibility between the game and the card?

  Stuartli 19:08 26 May 2007

The only time I've experienced lines or patches of colour on a monitor screen was due to the fact that the PSU wasn't up to the job; replacing it with a 500w model cleared the problem.

Many graphics cards seem to require powerful PSUs these days.

  [email protected] 19:35 26 May 2007

all i can think off is remove nvidia drivers and reinstall the latest, and check it's patched
click here
failing that i would guess at gpu failing (does it play other 3d games at all?) or psu struggling to run the card as stuatli suggests.

  [email protected] 19:36 26 May 2007

i still cant get these links right! click support>> support rome, it tells you min specs and all patch details

  [email protected] 19:50 26 May 2007

click here
i would also check hsf on gpu is clean and fit.

  wolfie3000 21:05 26 May 2007


Try the patches on this thread.

  wolfie3000 21:05 26 May 2007

Lol helps if i put the thread up,

click here

  STREETWORK 21:14 26 May 2007

There are a number of things to try.

1. Install latest drivers.
2. Try older drivers.
3. Remove drivers, remove card, reinsert card and reinstall drivers.
4. Clean any dust from the PC innards
5. Check and install latest Direct X
6. Check sound card and update drivers (sounds silly but it sometimes works to sync the frames
7. Lower the resolution of the card within the game settings
8. Lower the sound quality within the game settings
9. Stop anything running in the background
10. Update the bios...

  Forum Editor 23:10 26 May 2007

I'll pass all this on, and let you know how it works out.

  rdave13 23:18 26 May 2007

First thing I'd do is to lower some of the game's settings and experiment from there. The Geforce 6200, PCI-E, I assume, is a middle to lower range of card.

  Forum Editor 11:33 27 May 2007

It's not a high-spec card by any means, but it should be able to cope.

My client has the AGP version by the way, not the PCI Express.

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