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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How to fix the light beam in the Oculory

Apart from the occasional invisible spider web I didn't run into severe graphic glitches, but now I'm trying to focus the light beam in the Oculory - but... which light beam? This is how it looks for ...
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Could the 5:4 aspect ratio of my monitor affect videogames performance?

For starters I would like to mention my PC's specs: OS: Windows 7 64 bit CPU: AMD FX 6350 3.9GHz RAM: Dual Channel 6GB 1333MHz HDD: 500GB SATA III MOBO: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 GPU: Radeon HD 6750 I have ...
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Are FIFA 2015 minimum required specs are supported by a Mac Retina with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M video card? [closed]

I've read the specs for FIFA 15 at EA official page and found that the recommended video card is an NVIDIA GTX 460. I'm running FIFA 14 for Windows on a MacBook Retina 15" Mid 2012 (using bootcamp) ...
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Nvidia Optimus Not letting me start games

I have a packard bell gaming laptop. Its an i5 quad core, 12 gigs of ram. and a gtx 750m The problem is that it has nvidia optimus(for those who dont know, Nvidia optimus is a feature that lets the ...
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How to play Diablo III in a Virtual Machine?

I saw a lot of people asking the same question in other forums (yes, i've googled it a little bit), and some people answered that of course is possible to play it in a Virtual Machine but only using ...
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Couldn't setup OpenGL for the requested monitor resolution Hearthstone Linux

When I try to run Hearthstone I get the error mentioned in the heading and in the following body: GLContext: failed to share context 40000: Success. Screen: could not setup GL for resolution ...
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Games graphics appear incorrect while on HDMI

I play games on my Dell XPS laptop, All games are running normal graphics, no lags or freezing and everything is okay but the problem comes when I connect the laptop to my TV through the HDMI. Games ...
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Mobile graphics cards - will they cope with the most demanding games [closed]

I'm in the process of thinking about upgrading my laptop. I haven't been gaming for a while, but with a nice shiny new laptop, I would probably look to get into a few games again :) I'm a bit out of ...
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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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Minimum PSU numbers for GPUs don't make sense? [closed]

I have a 380 watt PSU, and most video cards say they need a 450 watt PSU at minimum. Is this a case of manufacturers being too safe? ...
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What does D3D11 do?

In the Video settings for the video-game Smite, in the right half, above ANTI ALIASING and below SCREEN TYPE, there is a checkbox to "Use D3D11". What does it do exactly?
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Intel graphics error with Minecraft 1.7.2

I have Minecraft 1.7.2 but it wants me to update my Intel Express Four Chipset Family drivers but Intel's site is saying I can't do it on windows 8 I used the "Intel Auto Checker" for it. Mojang says ...
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Display becomes messed up at 16bit

I'm trying to play planescape Torment on my windows install on a macbook pro. The colors in the entire game are garbled and messed up. The problem is the color palette. In fact, the color pallete on ...
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Black Ops for Mac on ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB

I initially planned to purchase Black Ops for Mac from the Mac App Store for my late 2009 iMac. I was thinking I'd then buy GameCompanion and connect an Xbox 360 controller to my computer, ...
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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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How important are the pixel shader and vertex shader version on a video card?

I have a video card that has version 4.1 and the game recommends 5.0, but says at minimum 3.0... How will these two aspects of the video card impact the overall performance of the game? Will there ...
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ATI HD Radeon HD 7470M performance; won't use full clock speed in game

I have an HP Probook 4730s laptop with a ATI Radeon HD 7470M graphics card. It's the DDR5 version, running on Windows 7 SP1 64bit. When gaming I get awful performance (10-20fps on ultra low settings, ...
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Is there a difference between running games in Windowed or Fullscreen mode?

Does playing game when it's windowed increase performance? Decrease it? Does the same also hold true to fullscreen mode? I've always thought that playing on Fullscreen meant a higher fps boost, but I ...
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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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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 can I disable my second monitor when game is running?

I have 2 screen setup for my computer... and I think the cold hard fact that the second monitor is running while I'm running games kills my FPS. So, is there a way to automatically disable my second ...
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FPS starts out good but drops to terrible over time?

I'm playing on a Dell Studio 1558 with the following specification: core i5 M520 @ 2.4 GHz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 4 GB of RAM Windows 7 For some games sooner than others, but for most games I ...
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Are all Vsync options equal?

I've noticed there are a handful of ways to apply v-sync to a game: In-game option Catalyst Control Center D3DOverrider RadeonPro Windows 7 Desktop Window Manager (via DWM.exe when gaming in ...
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Should triple buffering always be enabled?

Besides a minor tax on memory, I've gathered that triple buffering is always a win-win situation, and that there's little, if any, reason to not use it. Is this the case? Should I just leave ...
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Why does the Nvidia GeForce Experience incorrectly report my driver as “up to date”? [closed]

I generally keep track of (and update) my video card drivers on my own. However, I decided recently to rely on the GeForce Experience software to let me know if there was a driver update. ...
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What's the difference between Bilinear, Trilinear, and Anisotropic texture filtering?

A lot of games offer the setting of texture filtering. Which should I chose if I want best quality even if it means slower performance? Bilinear Trilinear Anisotropic
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Can I force Steam to use my Nvidia GPU instead of the integrated Intel card?

I have 2 graphics cards in my laptop (Alienware M11X); the first is the default Intel graphics card, and the second is a high perf Nvidia card. I would like to play my Steam games with the Nvidia ...
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What difference does graphics card RAM make?

There are graphics cards that only differ in the amount of RAM they have, e.g. MSI GTX770 Twin Frozr II Gaming OC 4GB and MSI GTX770 Twin Frozr II Gaming OC 2GB. Is more RAM better for more monitors? ...
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What does vsync mean? [duplicate]

In a few games (Osmos and Batman Arkham City are examples) there's a vsync item on the video options menu, but I don't know what it does and don't notice any differences when it is on or off. What is ...
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With AMD CrossFire enabled, I experience some flickering in Simcity (2013)

I have AMD Radeon HD 5970 graphics cards, which are using CrossFire technology. I have experienced some flickering in the game when CrossFire is enabled. I have read something about AFR friendly mode ...
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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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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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Why do some cheaper video cards have better benchmarks than other more expensive ones?

I was looking for a video card and visited the passmark benchmarks page, now what puzzles me is that starting from top video cards to lowest in terms of passmark score you don't go decreasing in the ...
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How to force my Samsung monitor and nVidia card to display in 3D?

I have a Samsung 27LSA950 monitor and apparently there is licencing issues between Samsung and nVidia with regards to 3D games. I have Geforce 570 2.5Gb GPU. There was previously a solution on how ...
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Possible Graphics Driver Problem

I considered asking this question over at Super User, since it may be a hardware problem, but since it's specific to one game I came here. I have the game Kerbal Space Program. It's fairly ...
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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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Graphics colour problem

I am getting slightly peculiar graphics in Far Cry 3. It looks rather like there is some colour quantisation going on - the shadows are pitch black, and change to lighter colours abruptly. This is ...
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How does the “gamma correction” feature affect my gaming experience?

A lot of games often include a gamma correction feature when you first start playing the game. It's often some sort of symbol or image on the screen with a sliding bar, where you're supposed to adjust ...
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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 my video card “better” than the one in system requirements? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to buy a graphics card? Many Windows and Mac games mention specific graphics cards "or better" in their system requirements. How do I know if my card is better or at ...
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How can I overcome color bleeding issues in cutscenes?

I finally managed to sit down and play some XCOM Enemy Unknown, and everything works brilliantly save one strange graphic issue. In the game's various segments that have more of a cutscene look, ...
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What are the differences between GTX 650 and the GTX 650Ti?

I can't find a comparison anywhere... what are the advantages of the Ti version? I noticed that the normal 650 has 384 cores, while the 650Ti has 768 cores... How... Does this not make a ...
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Rendering artifacts (flickering/z-fighting in scope)

It appears that a lot of people have issues with flickering when using high powered scopes in BF3. The artifacts look like z-fighting issues, probably related to the large viewing distances when using ...
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How much does the resolution affect performance?

If you take a generic game and change resolution to 640 x 480, 1280 x 1024 and 1920 x 1080 respectively, how heavily would this affect performance? Is resolution an important factor or rather ...
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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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With Steams graphics “auto updater” for ATI Radeon, can I just have the drivers?

Steam, the other day, offered to keep my drivers for my ATI Radeon card up to date. I thought that's not a bad idea because the number of updates I get can be a bit annoying, so I'm fine to let Steam ...
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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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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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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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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 ...