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dakkadakka

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I need to seek help from the sages on this one. I have a Dell Precision 340 Pentium 4 with a 1.5 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP with SP3, Directx 9.0c, and an NVIDIA GeForce4 MX4000 AGP video card. I have Artemis v1.702 loaded; and I keep getting the above error message.

Here's what I've done so far:
1) Updated the video driver
2) Run 3D Analyze, with different settings (keep getting a small green screen)
3) Reformatted the hard drive and re-installed all drivers
4) Updated Directx
5) Performed an exorcism ceremony
6) Run a level 1 diagnostic, then ejected the core
7) Stuck pins in a small voodoo doll likeness of the computer
8) Placed 10 lb sledge hammer  in front of computer as a warning

Have I missed anything? I know this system ought to be able to run Artemis; but, I've run out of options (except for carrying out #8). Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Tango_Kilo

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The GeForce 4 MX series chips are only DirectX 8.1 capable. That won't work for Artemis.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/LO_20020204_8254.html

http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce4mx.html
Badgeguy

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That video card will not work for the game.   Artemis requires a video card that supports DirectX 9.0 and Shader 2.0 at a minimum.  The GeForce4 MX 4000AGP only supports Direct3D 7.0 and 8.0a as well as only having Vertex Shader 1.1 and Pixel Shader 1.3 support.  This is a hardware issue, not a software issue.  The general rule of thumb is a video card needs to have been made 2007 or later to have the support for running Artemis.  Your card was made in 2002.  Sorry.  Good luck.

dakkadakka

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Is there an AGP video card (possibly one that's a few years old) that I can get which will work? I also have 4 PCI slots - one of which has a smaller slot next to it at one end (possibly an extension?)

I hate to ditch the entire box, as it works fine (Artemis not withstanding)
Tango_Kilo

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You are probably at the point of throwing good money after bad here.

Slim pickings on new AGP cards nowadays, any of these at newegg will work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007850&IsNodeId=1&name=AGP%204X%2f8X

If you are going to hunt around on ebay or used look for chipset families that are pixel shader 2.0 or higher.
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4226-identify-the-pixel-shader-version-of-your-graphics-card
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This thread  from the old forums is where I found a sort of patch for my old GeForce 440MX card.  It let me play as the different stations, but the 3d rendering didn't work so good (out as main screen).  I don't know if it'll work with your setup or not, since I was at least running DX 9.0.
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dakkadakka

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Badgeguy - I thought the old saying was "If it's not on fire, it's a software issue"?!? ; )

I bought my last video card at a place called Nationwide Surplus - I was very impressed with their customer service. I may try them and see if they have any of the cards on the above list. I will make sure that pixel shader 2.0 is supported, as well as Directx 9.0.

Thanks so much for the input guys - I can always count on you for help.
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Before you spend money, did you try 3d Analyser?
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Tango_Kilo

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He noted it as the 2nd thing in his list of things tried.
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