Hi, Jim Nesselroad here.
With the downloads for Gates of Discord, my 1999 Dell (Pentium III with 764mb ram, 25 gb harddrive, 137gb slave drive, 3dfx VooDoo 3 3000E 16mb, Windows 98 SE) has begun crashing. The crashes occur intermittently and don't seem to be related to any particular event. Perhaps more often in newer graphics dependant zones, but this fact wasn't really tested thoroughly.
We combatted the problem by turning off every graphics additive factor we could (spell effects, new models, no socials, etc.) Still having the problem. Did update the chipset drivers, bios, and video. Safe mode removed all outdated/unused items from system profile. Defragged and everything else. We have been able to play longer but still get intermittent EQ client crashes.
Could the older model video card be causing this symptom?
What upgrade would you recommend? The GE 4/5/6 with 128mb or 256 mb can be bought for under $100. The Radeon 7500/8500/9500 series can be bought for near this price as well. Therefore it really isn't a cost factor, rather a which of these cards will faithfully serve for the future? We play kids games on this computer and don't do any videoes/TV/DVD-CD movies, just games.
What do you folks think? and Thanks for the advice!