ok well, im gonna guess its something else stealing clock cycles, either a memory resident program or a nasty code (virus/trojan/worm). Check your system tray and task manager before you load FS
, try shutting down anti-virus software and compression utilities, especailly shut down things like the WinAmp and RealOne players in the taskbar or IM
programs like MSN
or AOL IM
Also FS2004 WILL take more resources with all the sliders maxed out, especailly check hardware lights in the display hardware settings, setting this high will seriously degrade performance even for people with 3.2ghz/GFFX5900Ultra/2GB of RAM systems, i run with 3, never any more than that. Also try bilinear filtering instead of trilinear (with the 5200 there wont be much visual difference anyways). Make sure you also have the newest WHQL approved Detonators for your card (44.53 i think it is now?)
Im running an Athlon XP1800+ with a Radeon 9600Pro, 512MB PC2100 DDR and well lets just say lots of HD
space, and i dont get much over 20FPS anywhere on the ground, but it is SMOOTH, not choppy, even under 10FPS its very smooth considering and im SURE its my CPU thats the bottleneck now, just running 3DMark 2001 and 2003 tells me that much.
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