Desert Rats V Afrika Korps

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by Kieron Hill, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi all,

    This is a bit off topic for me, but I was wondering
    if anyone could help.

    I was given a PC game Desert Rats v Afrika Korps
    by a friend as he new my interest in in this particular
    campaign.

    Let me tell you before we go any further that I am
    no computer whiz kid but I can push a few buttons
    and get where I want to get in the end (Bring back
    my old ZX81 any day).

    Well I read the minimum requirements and I have
    plenty of everything. I managed to get the game
    going but admit it was a bit slow, which surprised
    me because like I've said I have plenty of everything.
    I thought I'd try and reduce the graphics etc... to
    speed up the game, this worked for a bit but now
    my computer crashes and goes back to my desktop.
    Any ideas?

    I have run DirectX diagnostics and found no
    problems, I have run the usual disk cleaning
    programmes, which seemed to speed things up
    at the start until I started getting the crashes.
    I would just give up but what I have managed
    to play of the game was really good so I've
    got the bug.

    Are there any computer experts on the forum
    who my be able to help me?

    Regards
    Kieron
     
  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Are you running Windows XP with SP2? I have found that the security aspects of SP2 blocks some gaming features unless you unblock them; I found this with MOH when I first installed SP2 and have to update every time I add a new game. I don't have this one; I tried the demo and wasn't very impressed... I prefer Combat Mission Akrika Corps.
     
  3. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi Paul,

    I've got XP and sorry to sound a bit stupid but whats
    SP2?

    And if I am running them both together how do I turn
    it off?

    I did say I was not a computer whiz

    cheers
    Kieron
     
  4. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Hi,

    Just jouned the forum and this was the first post I read. I haven't played yhe game myself but have checked it out as a demo. There's a dedicated website for this game with a thriving forum. They may be able to help.

    http://www.desertratsgame.com/

    kyt
     
  5. angie999

    angie999 Very Senior Member

    Originally posted by Paul Reed@Feb 5 2005, 12:01 AM
    Are you running Windows XP with SP2? I have found that the security aspects of SP2 blocks some gaming features unless you unblock them; I found this with MOH when I first installed SP2 and have to update every time I add a new game. I don't have this one; I tried the demo and wasn't very impressed... I prefer Combat Mission Akrika Corps.
    [post=31206]Quoted post[/post]

    SP2 is really annoying. It disabled some of the main features of my McAfee computer security until McAfee told me how to deal with it.
     
  6. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Hi Kieron - SP2 is Service Pack 2, the recent Windows XP upgrade that added a firewall etc. I am lucky as I have had no major problems with it, save this particular problem with some games, but which were easily fixable. I am on my laptop at the mo (Not XP), so will check when I am back at my desktop how I dealt with this problem.

    Have you also checked you have the latest version of Direct X, which is a graphics programme used in many games. I suspect you will need v.8 or 9 for this game?
     
  7. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi Paul,

    Right...I have now gone to the extremes of removing SP2 software
    from my computer aswell as Norton firewall and Norton anti-virus
    software, but it still isn't working... B#*$£Y computers

    I am now starting to through my rattles out of my pram :angry:
    please, please all I want to do is play my game.

    My kids now think this is very amusing :D and Michelle (wife) thinks
    I am the biggest kid in the house...she just dosn't understand, when
    a man wants to role play 'Monty' he's just got to do it.

    I think I should give and play hangman with the kids before I get
    anymore grey hairs. I think my computer gaming days are
    numbered.

    Thanks for everything

    regards
    Kieron
     
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Removing all that stuff was a bit drastic - I would re-install it if, especially if you are on broadband, otherwise your PC will be at risk.

    Are you 100% sure your PC specs are up to it? And have you checked the Direct X specs.
     
  9. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi Paul,

    I did try un-installing the games software and re-installing
    it, but that didn't work either.

    My computer spec is AMD Athlon XP 2600 2.0 Ghz
    Nvidia Geforce 4 MX graphics 64mb allocated

    I have more than 1 gb free and DirectX 9 installed.

    I just don't know what to do next, any ideas?

    regards
    Kieron
     
  10. Lone Chindit

    Lone Chindit Junior Member

    how much ram are you running with at the mo
    pc games need loads of ram, its as inportant as graphics card
     
  11. Lone Chindit

    Lone Chindit Junior Member

    Originally posted by kieron hill@Feb 4 2005, 11:43 PM
    Hi all,

    This is a bit off topic for me, but I was wondering
    if anyone could help.

    I was given a PC game Desert Rats v Afrika Korps
    by a friend as he new my interest in in this particular
    campaign.

    Let me tell you before we go any further that I am
    no computer whiz kid but I can push a few buttons
    and get where I want to get in the end (Bring back
    my old ZX81 any day).

    Well I read the minimum requirements and I have
    plenty of everything. I managed to get the game
    going but admit it was a bit slow, which surprised
    me because like I've said I have plenty of everything.
    I thought I'd try and reduce the graphics etc... to
    speed up the game, this worked for a bit but now
    my computer crashes and goes back to my desktop.
    Any ideas?

    I have run DirectX diagnostics and found no
    problems, I have run the usual disk cleaning
    programmes, which seemed to speed things up
    at the start until I started getting the crashes.
    I would just give up but what I have managed
    to play of the game was really good so I've
    got the bug.

    Are there any computer experts on the forum
    who my be able to help me?

    Regards
    Kieron
    [post=31205]Quoted post[/post]

    ok

    to help you out i need more info

    give tell us exactly what happens

    and exact spec of your pc

    i will then help the best i can

    i am shure i can help you with this
     
  12. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Chindit,

    You have answered my question and now
    I feel pretty stupid...RAM, RAM, RAM, RAM,
    RAM my head against a brick wall.

    I just looked at what ram I have and I've
    only a piddly 192 Mb's and what is the
    minimum requirements for this game
    256 Mb's.

    Look everyone I did say this was a bit
    off topic for me.

    Quick load the Norton anti-virus, firewall
    and SP2 back on!!!

    (voices from the crowd...What is that man doing.)

    I would like to thank everyone for trying to
    help me, but I think I am beyond o_O help when
    it comes to the techy side of computers.

    "Anyone got a plumbing problem...now that
    is something I can help you with". :D

    thanks again everyone

    regards
    Kieron
     
  13. Lone Chindit

    Lone Chindit Junior Member

    ha ha
    thats pretty funny

    if you wanna play games then 256md ddr is the min system requirements, but i would always have 512mb in a gaming machine, i have 768md ddr ram and it works super. games close better, load better, dvds burn better. always go for loads of ram because it will make a load of differance, a good processor is no good with small ram

    all the best

    lone chindit
     
  14. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

  15. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi again,

    Just looked at that game Paul it looks good there
    are a few copies on E-bay at the moment.

    Also...wait for it...I had a quick look at memory
    while on there for the old thinking box, would you
    recommend getting memory from such a source?

    If it is a good idea please tell me what to look
    for.

    regards
    Kieron
     
  16. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    If you are going to improve your specs I would take the machine to a company that knows what they are doing, unless you know how to take your PC tower apart etc. I took my lads PC for a graphics card and RAM upgrade last year so he could play all the latest games. Cost me about £175. The RAM was the cheapest part of it.
     
  17. Lone Chindit

    Lone Chindit Junior Member

    what memory do u need
    sd-ddr or rd-ram
    and what processor do you have
    i wouldnt buy it from ebay as most people get it from there so the price is high

    expect to pay around £30 for 256mb or £60 for 512mb ram
    also you can buy ram with a heatsink so you can overclock the speeds of your ram, but thats another story but an option to considder
     

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