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FFXI Crashing Issues. Laptop Problem, or just Vista?Follow

#1 Apr 27 2009 at 5:15 PM Rating: Good
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* Processor:AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK57 1.9GHz Mobile Technology
* Memory:2GB
* HD Capacity:160GB
* Display:15.4"
* Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
* Operating System: Vista Home Premium
* Main Specifications
* Processor type: AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK53 Mobile Technology
* Level 2 cache 512 KB, Up to 1600 MHz system bus running at AC/DC mode 31 Watt
* Operating system installed: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
* Standard memory: 2048 MB
* Maximum memory: Supports up to 2 GB DDR2 memory
* Memory layout: (2 x 1024 MB)
* Internal drives
* Internal hard disk drive: 160 GB
* Hard disk controller: SATA Hard Disk Drive
* Hard disk drive speed: 5400 rpm
* Optical drive type: Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
* System features
* Modem: High speed 56K modem
* Network interface: Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface
* Wireless technologies: 802.11b/g WLAN
* Mobile entertainment: Webcam with integrated microphone
* External I/O ports: 1 VGA port
* 3 USB 2.0 ports
* 1 RJ 11 modem connector
* 1 RJ 45 Ethernet connector
* S-video TV out
* 1 Headphone-out, 1 mic-in
* Display size: 15.4" WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen
* Display resolution: 1280 x 800
* Video adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 7000M
* Video RAM: Up to 336MB Total Available Graphics Memory
* Internal audio: 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
* Speakers and microphone: Altec Lansing speakers
* Keyboard: 101 key compatible keyboard
* Pointing device: Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute buttons
* Power supply type: 65 W AC Power Adapter
* Software
* Software - Productivity & finance: Microsoft Works 8 and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version
* Pre-installed software: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
* Windows Mail
* Adobe Reader 8.0
* Optical drive driver software: Windows Media Player
* HP Photosmart Essential, Windows Photo Gallery
* DVD Play
* Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Media center, QuickPlay for Windows
* Software included: Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately)
* Optional re-allocation of recovery partition
* Recovery CD/DVD creation tool
* Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008 (60 days live update)
* Notebook Help & Support
* Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

That's the laptop I'm running it on (Please not I am NOT using Norton).

I am using windower, and even if I am not, POL will crash VERY often in a few zones (Stellar Fulcrum, Dynamis-San D'Oria), and less often in others.

I have no idea why it's so bad in those two zones in particular, I crash sometimes before I've finished loading up the game again.

I'm hoping someone can finally put me out of my misery!

Cheers in advance.
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#2 Apr 27 2009 at 8:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Its impossible to be sure since Im not looking at the system but here are a few thoughts I had. I hope they help, even if only a little. Does your graphics card use shared memory? I don't recall the 7000 series using shared but Im not as sharp on those things as I used to be. I've also had some friends that had problems with windower. Maybe you're experiencing the same thing. Finally, if your processor is a mobile processor, it will perform at a much lower level than it's desktop cousin. Then again, it could always be Vista. It's had quite a few problems. I hope this helps. Best of luck.
#3 Apr 28 2009 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Eh, kinda the similar idea's I've been having as to why.

Any idea on a fix?
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#4 Apr 28 2009 at 6:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Check this out. Its a website by which I compare my GPUs. Unfortunately, your graphics card is a class 5(not good for gaming) graphics card. Add that to the fact that you are using windower and I can see why you are having problems. The reality is that your graphics card is shared memory. You may already know about this. So you're having to run your game along with every other program you've got running on the same exact RAM. This is probably what's ******** with your performance and making you crash. Now, I don't know anything about your processor so I can't be sure if that is also a problem. I doubt it's a Vista problem though. That just seems highly unlikely (though I will not totally rule it out. Do a google search and see if you can find any other people having problems with windower in conjunction with Vista usage.) That's about all I can think of. Now, what you can do is find out if your system can change out your old graphics card for one with it's own memory and that would probably help a whole lot. You want something with AT LEAST 64 mb of it's own memory but preferably 128-256 mb. I don't know if it's possible to do that on your system but it's worth looking into. Best of luck to you.
#5 Apr 29 2009 at 1:54 PM Rating: Good
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Your post was very helpful, thank you Warillis. Unfortunately I don't think I can upgrade my graphics card.

Guess buying a desktop is my best option Smiley: lol
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