Referring to problems with a graphics card, the graphics processing unit, usually on a PC, or specific settings on a graphics card for a specific game.

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Flickering random white points / lines on black shadows / textures

I have a problem that's never occurred before. In the majority of games, part of textures are flickering and some weird white points / lines are randomly appearing on black textures. I already ...
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What does “frames per second” depend upon? [closed]

I know what FPS stands for and what it means, but what does it depend upon: my monitor, or my graphics card? Also, usually all graphic cards have names like Nvidia Geforce GT 420m. What does the 420m ...
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How to limit an older game's (DirectX 3) FPS speed? (USNF 97) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I have this really old game from the DOS era, anyone know how to run it in my modern machine? I'm trying to run USNF 97 Navy Fighters (was made for Windows 95). My ...
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What are the differences between the different anti-aliasing / multisampling settings?

I'm tweaking the settings in DiRT 2 and I'm presented with these choices (in order) for multisampling: 2x MSAA 4x MSAA 8x MSAA 8x CSAA 16x CSAA 8x QCSAA Using the nVidia Control panel I'm ...
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How do I make sure a GPU will support most games?

I put together a computer last year for, among other things, playing The Force Unleashed. (OK, that and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis). Anyway, IJATFOA worked just fine, but TFU always froze ...
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The Longest Journey won't run on Windows 7

Upon trying to play The Longest Journey downloaded from GOG.com the intro video isn't shown (I can only hear the sound) and the 3D models during the first scene seem to flicker. I have an NVIDIA ...
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Is there a generic way to show FPS on NVidia cards?

Is there a generic command for NVidia cards to show the current framerate while in a game? More specifically, I'd like to use it on a GeForce 9400 GT in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, but it would be ...
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Graphical glitches

I have graphical glitches when I play Street Fighter IV on PC. Sometimes when I play, the 3D models are like leaking to or from nowhere. An image is worth a thousand words, isn't it. Please visit ...
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Will a MacBook from mid2010 run Portal 2 well? [closed]

My MacBook ran Portal just fine. It's a MacBook mid 2010 model with an nVidia 320M. Will it run Portal2 well?
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Graphics Card for The Witcher 2 [closed]

would a PNY - GeForce GT 440 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card be a suitable card for The Witcher 2? (Its replacing my current Radeon HD 5450 1g) I havent bought anything yet, can anyone recommend ...
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What's the deal with VSync?

I'm often encountering very strongly held opinions among games about the Vertical Sync (VSync) option present in nearly all modern 3D games. The option is supposed to synchronize the output of the ...
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Why is the Witcher 2 unplayable on recommended high settings?

I just got The Witcher 2 today and so far it seems quite enjoyable. The problem is that I haven't been able to play much of it so far due to lag that occurs even on low settings. The game recommends ...
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What is a “pixel shader”?

I have noticed that some games quote the requirement for "pixel shader 3.0 or better". What is a pixel shader and is it some software requirements or hardware requirements?
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Games freeze after a while, don't know if hardware or software is involved

I'm currently experiencing some problems with my PC which prevent me from using my games (I'm trying with Steam games and none of them works as it should). When I play, after a while, the textures in ...
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Support for Intel HD graphics

Whenever games state their system requirements they only ever seem to mention nVidia or AMD cards. How do I find out if a game will run using intel graphics? Is there a single database or list on ...
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How do I work around a bad video card in Minecraft?

I've got a computer that runs Minecraft without problem, and a couple of others that don't even let me try because of "bad video card drivers". The cards are too old -- updating drivers doesn't fix ...
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What to consider when looking for an inexpensive video card for high resolution monitors?

I have a full HD 22" monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution. I would like to get a video card that can handle this kind of resolution, but I don't have much money. Can you give me some advice?
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Graphics compatibility of PS3 with PC

Hiya fellas, I'm just wondering how the PS3 graphics engine/GPU supports newly introduced and advanced graphics capabilities in some games such as real-time daylight savings and high-modulated ...
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New graphics card causing internet lag spikes, but only while gaming?

Well I recently had an Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics card installed on my computer.Ever since then, I've had random lag spikes while gaming. Browsing the internet is fine, and my speed test and ping ...
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Crysis Very High graphics settings not available

I have Motherboard: Intel DG35EC Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz RAM: 1 GB Graphics Card: Forsa nVidia 9800GT 1 GB Operating System: Windows XP In graphics settings last option available is "High" for ...
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What to look for in a graphics card for Starcraft 2

I recently built a half decent PC for home use, media centre and programming. It's based around an AMD Quad Core Phenom. I put a nice 700w power supply in it, 4 gigs of ram and a couple terabytes of ...
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Is GeForce GTS 250 not enough to play NFS Hot Pursuit (2010)?

My PC specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz 3 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1 GB GeForce driver version 258.96 1680x1050 Native Resolution LCD Monitor Windows 7 Ultimate According to this website, ...
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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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Difference between 9800 GT 1GB graphics cards [closed]

I am going to buy an Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB and this is my first Graphics Card purchase. I searched 9800 Gt and found many different 9800 GT from different companies. Is there any difference between ...
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Why would my new GTX 460 not outperform my old 8800 GT?

I just purchased an Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 to replace my Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M. For reference, here is a comparison chart of the approximate cards on Tom's Hardware. I ran the ...
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Has anyone been able to run Assassin's Creed 1 on Windows 7? [closed]

Please note that I'm talking about Assassin's Creed 1 and not 2. I know that 2 supports Windows 7. It's part 1 that I'm concerned about. I had installed that game sometime a while back but had been ...
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Trying to run some 3D game but it's giving an error even though I have the latest drivers. Whats wrong?

“Unable to run because your video card drivers did not install properly, are out of date, or are for unsupported hardware. Please make sure you have the latest video card drivers and even if you do ...
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Are there graphics cards which are silent and support 1920x1080? [closed]

I have a machine that I use as a home theater PC, and I'd like to start playing games on it. i want to put a graphics card in it which is silent and will support games at 1920x1080 resolution. it ...
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How do I buy a graphics card?

I want to buy a graphics card. As there are variety of cards available, I dont know which one is better and how that one is better. Should I be looking at its memory size? (1 GB, 512 MB etc) Or ...
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Is it bad to stretch your resolution?

I have an NVIDIA 130M card on my laptop, and with a typical widescreen monitor. I play a few games on my laptop, and some of them run in a non-widescreen resolution, such as 800x600 for example. My ...