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  1. Glad it's going now. That initial upgrade I did from a 4200 to the 6600 was like magic. I run that Oil Terminal, A-10 mission that came with the game as my benchmark. I load up unlimited ammo and get the whole terminal ablaze. The 6600 gets 1-8 fps as I fly through the inferno. The 6800Gt get 1-8 fps too. Looks like my P4/2.8 CPU is the bottle neck. I was a big fan of monitoring volts to forcast a pending PS overload, but now I'm not so sure now. I was fully expecting volts to decrease as the PS became overloaded. I wanted to see volts drop off as the PS hit its limit. But it didn't happe
  2. Weta, What's your powersupply? 2 months ago, I got that new Theromright heat pipe and got my little ol 2.8 up to 3.4, but needed a big time CPU volt bump up. Was runnin' smooth though that 6600GT. Just put a new 6800GT and a hardrive raid and started to get all sorts of artifacts, then bluescreens, then lockups.UGH! Dropped the CPU overvolt (and clock) back down and all's well again. Suspect that 6800 took me one volt over the line. It can happen with a Vcard upgrade. That 6800 really didn't do much though for a 2.8-3.2 rig with a 17-19" monitor at ordinary resolutions though. That 6
  3. With ruggbutt's old profile, the X45's still the way to go. Getting that zoom to work was a miracle. It's serving me well.
  4. Running a P4 2.8 @ 3.2, 1 gig-O-ram, AGP vintage, 17 monitor @ 10X7. Just a normal non-Uber system that anyone might have. Vcard wise, didn't want to 'invest' in anything AGP. Just wanted a Vcard that would fully utalize my current rig till PCI-e settled in. Set up a single benchmark run. Home-made track of the 'Oil Terminal' A-10 mission with the whole terminal on fire. Smoke and blazes everywhere. Ran a 6800GT, then a 850XT, then a 800XL and then a 6600GT (4X AA and 4X AF, hi/med). Recorded a fraps set for each run and laid 'em side by side in Excel. Identical results + (-) a couple of F
  5. Han, He seems to be fine now. I haven't heard back so I assume he out flying. I'll keep that address handy so I can pass it along. Thanks
  6. Thanks for your response and here's the thread. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee/forums?a=tpc&f=99610606&m=6811084863&r=7061039863#7061039863 Op sys is XP and I'll leave a message . . . . no, why don't you respond directly to him at that thread. I'm sure it would mean a lot to him and any other struggling Lock on pilots that might be browsing for solutions to similar problems. I think that a lot of new customers go to the UBI site first . . . because they are primarily gamers (We haven't converted them yet!). Simply, they know UBI. Equally, they would have never heard of
  7. Did you try the on-line stuttering patch? Here: http://www.lockonskins.co.uk/index.php?page=downloads&cat=72
  8. Han, Had a guy over at the UBI site have a problem installing Lockon. The new customer’s program installed normally. The symptom was that the program would lockup immediately on entering the splash screen and go no further. Shut down Zonealarm and checked for add-in codecs, No help. He noticed his AA and AF were set to some manual setting in the Nvidia control panel. He reset these to "Application Controlled" and Lockon finally ran. He went back in and reset AA and AF back to his original manual settings and the game continues to run normally AA and AF in a “Manual Setting” sto
  9. Geeeeze, that's grrrreat! I imaging that dual core was just the ticket for rendering speed. How's that new rig handling it's new job. Sure looks good so far.
  10. Sounds like the PCI-E version. Just got back from the computer store and saw a Sony 23" LDC monitor running at 1200X1920 on a PCI-E 6600/256. It was spectacular! I think you're gonna like that card.
  11. True enough. One day we'll see Vcards that need all that PCI-E "room to run", but not yet. They are doing the same things with hard drive busses these days. A Western Digital (P)ATA 100 has a buss that can handle up to 100 mb/sec, but a 7200 RPM drive will only output about 50 mb/sec. This means the 100 mg/sec buss has plenty of capacity to handle the drives's output. Maxtor came out with a (P)ATA 133 buss drive. This meant that the (P)ATA 133 bus could handle 133 mg/sec output from a drive. . . . but the maxtor drive was just the same 7200 RPM machine that could output the at same 'ol r
  12. Sounds relatively modern. Check to see which graphics interface you have. It will be AGP or PCI-E. Performance wise, it doesn't matter. (It may someday, but not yet.) Both Nvidia cards mentioned below come in either interface. That CPU will be able to fully utilize the Nvidia 6800GT. This card is now in the $250-$300 price range. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=Go&DEPA=0&type=&description=6800gt&Category=0&minPrice=&maxPrice=&Go.x=0&Go.y=0 The next step down is the Nvidia 6600GT in the $150-$200 price range. http://www.newegg.com
  13. Any firewalls running? If so, shut 'em down. ZoneAlarm will cause a very similar problem. LOMAC wants to "call home" (or check internet connectivity) on the first program load after a fresh system re-boot. ZoneAlarm will intercept the attempt and lock up the LOMAC program . . . requring a Ctl-Alt-Del escape. ED knows. It's is a bug. Also, shut down NVSVC32.exe in task manager. This can give the older Nvidia cards fits with LOMAC.
  14. Schimmel, still there? You have some good background now so here’s a shot at actually answering your question. You can build your own. The old snap together, plug and play compatibility issues have come a long way. The component manufactures have pretty well got this figured out now. You can do it, end up with a major system . . . and you can do it for $1000. Here we go . . . Here’s your processor. AMD 3000+ rev E @ $150. This is your big bargain. But you must get the “Rev E” version for a 939 pin socket. You are saving $850.00 here . . . because you are going to take a shot at overc
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