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About SFJaykey

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  1. OK, I got the game running at 1080p on the Nvidia....Woo-hoo! It looks terrific. The text in the UI is readable now that it's clear but still really, really tiny - I wish there were a way to make it larger w/o giving up the resolution. I'll have to wear my reading glasses to play the game! I played a few minutes of Roadblock without reading the manual, just using what I recalled from CMAK. I found out by accident there is a Real Time mode....when the clock kept running after the first minute. That's going to be fun to play with, though I'll probably stick with WEGO until I figure out s
  2. Thanks. Besides the scrolling speed I was thinking that lower resolution might make the text larger. I'm going to try all the different options, as soon as I'm done updating the drivers on the new machine. I'm sort of surprised that scanning this brand-new machine with Dell's own Checkup program found over 20 drivers in need of updating, some of them outdated by ~18 months. You'd think they'd run that checkup program themselves before shipping! The last Dell i bought , 6 years ago now, was fully updated out of the box. I guess everything is "do it yourself" these days; you even have to
  3. Thanks for the replies. I'll try those things as soon as the new machine is done running some scans. Should I maybe just run the game in 768p? I was inclined to maximize the resolution but if the game is built for 768 maybe I should just roll with that and enjoy the more fluid scrolling. I'm hoping I can find an option to set Profiles in Windows 7, so that I can preset different video settings and power management for gaming vs. regular use.
  4. Hi there. Finally got my new PC, and of course after the utilities and whatnot CMBN was the first thing I installed. Please bear with me as my questions may sound pretty dumb....I'm new to Windows 7 (the old PC had XP) and other things as well as CMBN. I patched to 1.01, loaded a QB and the "Roadblock" scenario just to see what it looks like. The game seems to load and work OK on my system - Dell XPS17, Intel i7 with 8mb RAM, Nvidia GT555m. Haven't seen action yet but I can fly all around the map, my tanks seem to drive OK and etc. The bright colors are a trip! I'll have to look into
  5. If anybody else wants one here's the link to the deal I used. There are a number of Dell coupons up at Techbargains right now; this one seemed like the best: http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/270880 I upgraded the processor for high clock speed, which I'm told is good for CM. Also note, the backlit keyboard and bluetooth, among other things, are options you need to look for and add.
  6. Well I finally pulled the trigger. Delivery in 2 business days. I was shopping for a 15" laptop but couldn't pass on this deal on a 17" at Dell, which I found by combing the Deals and Coupons at Techbargains.com: Dell XPS 17 1080p LED display Intel i7, upgraded to 2.7/3.4 8mb RAM Nvidia GT555m with 3MB video RAM 1 TB & 500 GB dual HDDs. Advanced-N Wireless with Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard all for $1069 with free shipping - though I paid an extra $15 for 2-day shipping. For that price I can deal with lugging the big 17" around. Thanks for the replies - here and in my prev
  7. Thanks for the comments! The GTX260M is actually a very good card, more powerful than the ones I've been looking at. 260 might sound like a low number but the GTX are different animals from the GT. And I've been told that the older Core 2 Duos are actually faster in single threaded mode (ie, the way CM runs), than some of the newer 4 and 6 core CPUs. Still, I think I'm zeroing in on a system - now I just have to find the right price. I am way overanalyzing this, I know. It's what I do. You should see how I agonize over setting a Covered Arc.
  8. Thanks for the reply. My personal situation really calls for a laptop. Gaming time is split between home and downtime at work, and even at work I can be sent around to different locations so a portable machine is necessary. I know it's a compromise performance-wise, and have considered the true "gaming" laptops like Alienware despite the cost vs. a comparable desktop. But from what I read, something like Alienware is really overkill for CMBN, or the RTS-type games I tend to enjoy. I would like to try some of the newer iterations of old games like Age of Empires, Dragon Age and Baldur's
  9. Help! I am not very technical, and driving myself nuts trying to make sure my next laptop will be able to play CMBN (and future hoped-for installments of CMx2). I read the processor clock speed is more important than graphics card power, and am tempted by a Dell XPS with i7-2620M that's rated at 2.7, or 3.4 with "turbo." I can get either a Nvidia GT525M or GT540M with that machine.....would such a rig be adequate to play good-sized (maybe not supergiant) maps, with a little room to grow for future developments of the game> Would the upgrade from the GT525M to the GT540 be worth $100? A
  10. I'm not very techy and have been trying to get up to speed, to get a laptop that will do a decent job with CM without breaking the bank. I understand the clock speed on these processors is on the low side. But, it's been hard to find a laptop that combines a high CPU speed with a good graphics card. Even most of the less expensive "gaming" laptops use Core i7 processors that seem to have a slower raw speed (for CM purposes) than the i5. Here are the candidates - which would you buy? And why? And if there's a ~15-17" laptop out there that would do a much better job, within my budget of
  11. Thanks for all the tips! I've done some more shopping and actually there are Nvidia laptops out there for under $1k, Bestbuy has a handful. Since no one has even touched on the subject of playing CM on a machine with integrated graphics, I guess the answer is no! Also found this comparison site for processors: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/ If I'm reading it right, just about all the processors out there today are faster than the recommended P4-2.8. And I'll look for something with higher speed rather than more cores.
  12. I haven't played CM since my old high performance (for its era) PC died a couple of years ago. I'm about to buy my first decent PC since then and want one that will do a decent job with CMBN. It needs to be a laptop, and I'm not very knowledgable about the tech aspects. I don't need top performance but don't want a herky-jerky display, or be limited to very small scenarios. It seems hard to find a reasonably priced laptop that uses Nvidia graphics. Do any of the integrated graphics do a decent job with CMBN? Are the processor and RAM requirements for a laptop similar to those for a PC?
  13. Thanks! Found it under the nVidia tab right where you suggested. 3 options are available for display of lower resolutions: "Display adapter scaling" [stretched to fill screen] "Centered output" [stretched to screen aspect ratio but centered, with border all around] "Fixed aspect ratio scaling" [bingo! with that setting CMAK fills the screen top to bottom with black side borders and no distortion.] Thanks for the pointer - My ACs have round wheels again!
  14. I just got a new widescreen laptop myself...how do you configure it to run CM with the black bars? Mine stretches CM to fill the full screen, no matter what resolution I set it at. This is in WinXP home with Nvidia 6800 and latrest drivers. Thanks much,
  15. Has anyone developed a balanced armor rule for QB purchases in CMAK, something like Redwolf's Rules for CMBB?
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