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    Hi everyone:)

    I have a question regarding AGP setup and memory frequency...

    My problem is I am getting some PATHETIC framerates and afer following about 500 'How to tweak your system' tutorials, I have had NO success - so now I have to ask questions...

    I'm posting some of my system specs to look at, but here's my problem

    I have:
    nVidia Geforce4ti 4600
    ASUS A7A133 Mobo
    Win2k pro
    512 sdram
    AMD AthalonXP1700 ~1.63GigHz

    The details are attached below.

    I really can't believe that I'm only able to score ****1447**** on the 3dmark03 benchmark and my average FPS for UT2k3 benchmark is 39.

    I have tried every tweak and overclock I have been able to find on the net, to no avail.

    The reason i think there is something else wrong is that my FPS doesn't change whether I run UT2k3 with the highest details or no details at all - always the same.

    As you can see below, AGP fastwrites is supported, but disabled - yet in the BIOS, it's enabled. I can't figure that out...

    Also, NVMax doesn't work with the latest Nvidia Drivers, and I can't seem to find a utility to select Fastwrited from within windows.

    What am I doing wrong?!? Could someone take a look at the screenshots I post below and perhaps offer a suggestion to get this corrected? I mean, I don't see why I shouldn't be able to score at least 4000-5000 on the benchmark at all...

    Here's the shots and thanks for any help!!

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    First screen - RAM specs...shouldnt' the frequency be 133Mhz? Am I wrong? Why is it 0?

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    Here's my vid card specs - I'm blaming this last, I think the problem lies elsewhere...

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    Here's th AGP specs - as you can see, fastwrites disabled but supported - in the BIOS they are enabled...

    Also, My available rate is 0x00000007, but in actuallity set at0x00000000. Any ideas?

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    I really want to say thanks for any help I can get, I know it is time consuming to try to figure this out!!:)

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    1447 with that benchmark and that hardware is not that bad. I get a similar score with my setup (link in my sig)...and my Ti4200 is OC to about the same as a 4600

    it's not 3dmark01, it's a complete new benchmark...you shouldn't expect to get a score like you did then

    if you want to really boost your score then you are going to have to buy a new video card... such as ATI's 9700pro (or above ) or nVidia's 5900
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Yes it's not a bad score but ya mobo and memory are bottlenecks which is holding the rest of ya system back.

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    Thanks for takin a look - I hadn't thought that my score would be about average for my gear, but I kinda had the idea that the Mobo was bottlenecking - I had a limitedbudget and went with the nice graphics card - as opposed to motherboard -

    Guess I'll have to save my nickels and dimes and upgrade the board...

    Thats' life -

    Thanks for your help:)

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    I noticed your agp aperature size, looks like it's set at 32mb. If I set mine that low, performance will drop drasticly. I keep it at 128mb. I am saying this due to the specs saying 128mem and 159texture. Sometimes it's off by a meg or two. 160total-128base=32 left, thats the agp aperature size.

    edit/:((foot in mouth) something is odd, I noticed it also said the aparature size is 128 in the motherboard info. But according to the desplay device1/1, only 32 is in the equasion ?????
    Also the driver doesnt look whql, maybe it's messin with something. Maybe a different driver would change it.
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    yeah the ram is the bottleneck in your system (thanks wiggo for telling me the same thing :thumb: )

    i have a 64mb radeon 9000, a mate of mine has the exact same card with 256mb corsair 3200 and a XP 2100+...he can run battlefield 1942 with full textures, effects, 1024x786 @ 32bit.

    where as i cant run it at all...:(
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