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  02:32:16  23 March 2007
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god050
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On forum: 03/21/2007
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Well the other thing that no-one has mentioned yet is what bloody resolution they're trying to play in.
I omitted that myself. I was trying to run in either 1680 or 1600 res, which to me, trying to run on a Dell 2407 seems fine to me, Vegas, BF2, 2142 all run fine in 1600, so I would have assumed that Stalker *should* have too.
Found out a mate running Stalker only has a 21" CRT with a single x1950 XTX, so he was running 1280 x 960 with the detail cranked and was getting awesome frames.
So I knocked mine back to that, and the Dell ATi drivers do a nice job of scaling it up to full screen size for me and it runs smooth as. It's a shame to be wasting all that extra resolution, but for the sake of gameplay it seems to be necessary. *note: for those who didnt understand that, it's still running at full panel size - no letterboxing, just at 1280x960 scaled up instead of 1920x1200 native panel resolution.

Now, for all the people moaning about crashes and can't get the game to run and stuff, all i can guess is that you are either having driver issues or hardware issues (or both).

In this day and age, if ur running anything less than an ATi 9600 I'd say ur machines good for word-processing and that's about it. Maybe the odd Powerpoint presentation.

Too many people scream "oh I haven't got the money to upgrade" or "mommy and daddy wont buy me a new pc, they say I should be doing school work instead" yada yada yada... well if u want to play new games I'm afraid you have to draw the line somewhere, and crying poor isn't gonna make ur machine sympathise with u and run faster.

Have a look at how long it's been since ur last Windows install, how much cr@p you've installed and uninstalled since then, how many drivers you've updated... you get the picture.
  02:50:01  23 March 2007
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god050
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On forum: 03/21/2007
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well...it seems that stalker has the same problem that i saw in dark messiah random freezes, loading crashes, fps rate drops sudendly, memory leaks...yeap...dark messiah.maybe a patch would solve these problems...maybe...
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GSC don't supply patches for stupid people. Stalker has few problems itself, it may not be perfect, but I think you will find it's one of several things causing the problems:
-YOUR hardware.
-YOUR software (incl drivers).
-YOUR game settings.

I believe some (ok, a lot of) optimisation should be done to the game as well as most likely video drivers, so it can run better at higher resolutions, but that's not really anything to do with the game itself. Drop the res, everything runs sweet, thus ruling out that any conflicts on MY machine are a problem.

Framerate is directly attributed to what is being drawn on screen at the time. If ur cruising along fine in an open field with nothing around you getting 100 FPS and all of a sudden you run into 500 enemy NPCs all doing thier own thing then yeah, it wouldn't surprise me if you had a big framerate hit. If nothing in game changes and the framerate drops then yeah, there may be something wrong, but whether it's the game or some background task causing it is another matter.
  03:01:04  23 March 2007
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eddyg86
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On forum: 03/12/2007
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yeh - it seems to be that alot of people are running this game on good graphics on mid-range pcs.
but it also seems that these people are somewhat tech-savvy and know how to both config their system and get the most out of it.

i for one, thought it was a poorly optimized game, when i first installed on my AMD XP Barton 2800 with 1gig ram and 6800GS 256meg.
Pretty meh system, especially CPU, but it 'should of been running better than it was'.

Then i installed another gig of ram, and did a whole defrag/error scan on the HDD etc etc, and not only could i get amazing framerates etc after that, i could up the graphics to 'object dynamic lighting', which looks damn nice, and have alot more settings on.

While saying that 'the devs don't support stupid people' is a bit harsh - not everyone has the time, knowledge, or cultural conditions in order to really get to know the inner workings of their pc - nor what is expected or needed in order to get games to run nicely these days - it is a bit of a 'know-how' thing.

Maybe people ought to get a bit more RAM, learn to maintain their pc, and then they'll be able to join the super-cool-nerd club and have good stalker performance, too.

For a game this size and this complexity, it is fairly well optimized for non-top-of-the-line pcs.
  20:08:15  23 March 2007
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stalkerdisapointment
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On forum: 03/21/2007
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well...it seems that stalker has the same problem that i saw in dark messiah random freezes, loading crashes, fps rate drops sudendly, memory leaks...yeap...dark messiah.maybe a patch would solve these problems...maybe...

GSC don't supply patches for stupid people. Stalker has few problems itself, it may not be perfect, but I think you will find it's one of several things causing the problems:
-YOUR hardware.
-YOUR software (incl drivers).
-YOUR game settings.

I believe some (ok, a lot of) optimisation should be done to the game as well as most likely video drivers, so it can run better at higher resolutions, but that's not really anything to do with the game itself. Drop the res, everything runs sweet, thus ruling out that any conflicts on MY machine are a problem.

Framerate is directly attributed to what is being drawn on screen at the time. If ur cruising along fine in an open field with nothing around you getting 100 FPS and all of a sudden you run into 500 enemy NPCs all doing thier own thing then yeah, it wouldn't surprise me if you had a big framerate hit. If nothing in game changes and the framerate drops then yeah, there may be something wrong, but whether it's the game or some background task causing it is another matter.
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