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z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 2:22pm
Can my computer handle this?
I have a old(Old for me in term of laptops is a couple o years) and it is a dell Inspiron 1545 with a pentium dual core cpu with a 64 bit operating system. Sorry if I left something out but Im not good with computers quite yet my school teaches me how to run computers but not their specifications and handling capacities everything I know is just pure guesswork so please tell me if I can purchase this game with no worries
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tallon.nisar Jul 26, 2013 @ 3:40pm 
Okay, so if you look on the main page, the minimum specs are:

OS:Windows XP
Processor:Dual Core 2 Ghz
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:Nvidia 400 or equivilant
DirectX®:9.0
Hard Drive:500 MB HD space

So let's tackle this one by one. This is a pretty long post, though in theory it should only take you a few minutes to compare. Sorry about the Essay that is this post. ^_^;;

OS: Your operating system, I'm assuming is Windows? If it's 64 bit then it most likely Vista or 7, and thus meets the Windows XP or higher requirement.

You've said your procesor is Dual core, but we don't know it's operating speed, so to check that, go to the start button, then type "dxdiag" and press the enter key. This will bring up a new window, in which we can check everything but Hard Drive Space.

Processor: Under the "System" tab, you should see several lines. One says "Processor" and it will then give a name, ususally including the numebr of cores, and then an operating speed like "AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight Core Processor (8CPUs) ~4GHz" (This is from my computer). As long as it is equal to or above 2Ghz, you should be fine.

Memory: Lower down in that section, there is a line with "Memory" or something similar, and then the lin should give you a Number (Mine is 8192 MB). As long as your Number is above or equal to 2048 MB you should be fine.

DirectX: Lets Skip the Graphics for the moment, and look at Direct X. There should be a line that reads "Direct X Version." it Should list something Along the Lines of "DirectX 11" As long as the number after DirectX is greater than 9.0 You should be fine.

Graphics: This is argueably the most difficult to determine, and is the least clear definition in the minimum specs (If a Developer could weigh in on this, that would be helpful). Change the tab of the window to "Display" There should be a category called "Device" Under which are listing of the Name of the card and some basic information. the important part is the Name and how much total Memory you have (this is different then the earlier memory, as this is specific to the video device).

You might just want to post back with the Name and Memory Numbers, as I or someone else may need to help you with determining whether the device will work. I'm guessing they mean the Nvidia GeForce 400 Series (Which has a great deal of variations, but the number is always in the 400s, and is roughly equivalent to the AMD HD5000 Series, which cards from a different, competing company). I'm guessing from the Geforce 400 general Specs that they want 512 MB of Memory for this video card.

And lastly, but not least, Hard Drive Space. Now while they listed 500 MB, on my system the game takes up over 2300 MB of space, so I would have at least 2500 MB available, I think that has changed since they made the game's debut. Really you don't want to have less than 10 free Gigabytes on a modern system hard drive though, as your computer will use it to store information that won't fit in Memory.

If You have any questions or problems, or want to check back on the video cards, post back here and I'll get to you when I can.
z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 4:10pm 
Ok so the Device section says
Mobile Intel(R) 4 series cipset family
The DAC type is internal
The Approx amount of memory it says 1695
For some reason it says current operating system is 1366 X 768 (32 bit) (60HZ)
Also it says the Current Installed RAM is 4.00(I think thats memory) And 196 GB is free outa 278 on the Hard Disc Drive on the computer file
Thanks so much for helping me out Tallon Im not good with computers just yet and this helps me out alot, really Im just concerned more with the video and memory capacitices of this thing but if they're good then Im gonna get this game otherwise Im gonna get something else which I would hate cause this game looks like it has epic potential
z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 4:12pm 
Plus I dont really know what sizes are bigger GB or MB or what I always get em confused(I have UBER bad memory)
tallon.nisar Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:06pm 
It's not a problem, I do this stuff for people all the time. I only learned because when Mechwarrior 4 came out in 2000, my Dad's computer couldn't play it, and I learned pretty much this way too, so I figure I owe it to the community. :)

To clear it up: Computer data storage works like this: each 0 and 1 is a bit. There are 8 bits to a byte, and then it goes up by 1024 so, 1024 bytes is a kilobyte (kB), 1024 kB is a Megabyte (MB), 1024 MB is a Gigabyte (GB), and 1024 GB is a Terabyte (GB). It goes up more, but that should be all you need right now. So b < B < kB < MB < GB < TB.

Yeah, that operating system entry is your Monitor Operation mode (Resolution, color depth, and refresh rate). Weird. I honestly have NO clue what's going on there. Another way to check the OS is to press the start button, go to where it says "computer" on the right side, and right click it, then select "properties." At the top of the new window that pops up, it should say "Windows edition" and then say what it is.

It looks like your hard drive space (196 GB is doing shiny), RAM (Memory) amount (4.00 GB is twice the minimum), and the amount of total video memory is fine (I have trouble believing that's accurate though, I think it's reading into your normal RAM amount.)

I did a little research in the Inspiron 1545, and it seems a bit on the light side for gaming. The only things that worry me are the processor type and (The pentiums tend to lag in performance behind other types), and the videocard is what's called an "Integrated" video card, meaning that it's attached directly to the motherboard. With that combo, the computer probably can't handle the game. Sorry. Hopefully you can upgrade and get it sometime though!
ME Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:07pm 
I'm not tallon, but here is some info.

There are 1024 megabytes(MB) in a gigabyte (GB). I am pretty sure tallon meant 2048 MB of memory (RAM), which is two GB, so you are good:)

What you said your operating system in your most recent post is in fact your display resolution. It is 1366 x 768 pixels, with 32 bit color depth and a 60 hz refresh frequency. Those last two really don't affect much in this case. The 1366x768 is the resolution and just makes things look better in general. You don't have anything to worry about here.

The Mobile Intel(R) 4 series chipset family is something I am not too familiar with, but it is something called Integrated Graphics, Instead of a specefic graphics card, the processor and the RAM are used to perform those functions of a discrete graphics card. Integrated graphics are inherently slow for video games, but I run this game decently (at mid settings) with integrated graphics. The approx amount of memory I believe (definitely could be wrong) is the max amount of RAM the integrated graphics is able to use. You are fine here too. It is not optimal, but shouldn't be a gamestopper...
...that might be a pun :P

I belive the DAC type is irrelevant in this case, but again I might be wrong.

In general, I believe you can run this games on an least the lowest settings. Performance will also be more customizable as more complex settings options are made available.

@tallon- I probably missed one or two things or might have something wrong.

EDIT: got ninja'd :P
tallon.nisar Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:14pm 
More or less right on the DOT, ME, thanks for the supplementary.

Yeah, typoed on the RAM, sorry lol. I was trying to do it consistanly in MB, but got trapped in my usual GB mode for RAM these days. Whoops

Just as an FYI, DAC is something most commercial video chipsets have, that's just the Digital to Analog Converter, for sending analog signals to monitors with VGA (the blue Trapezoidal cable port).

@ ME what kind of Integrated card do you have? That might help the situation, I'm not so good with integrated, I don't spec it for anyone who plays any games (Except for the little flash ones). I do know that trying to run more modern games off integrated graphics and a Pentium will stress it a bunch though. I suppose it could come in just enough though.
z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:23pm 
Man I just realized that this community is probaly a Giant database for stuff like this
z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:29pm 
dangit man Im at a decision here get this game or go for something that my computer can handle better......Im gonna flip a coin heads I get it tails I go for X3 teran Conflict
Captain 丂アoo刀 Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:30pm 
Considering there's nothing to actually do in the game and it's like a bunch of spheres with some small objects that move in lines. I'm gonna say you could run this on a win98 machine.
There's absolutely no visible reason that the game would require too many resources. Pong probably has about as much content as this game does.
z_attack19 Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:31pm 
well its tails to teran combat I go
tallon.nisar Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:35pm 
No need to be rude, Goat. The missions and rules framework are really the least intensive computationally, so I dunno where you're pulling that assessment. But that is a point worth considering for prospectives:

This game is in Alpha, so there's not really anything in terms of mission content (Though the Devs say soon). Right now there's a lot of ship building and space combat, but not much else. I love seeing it develop, but that's not for everyone.

Edit: Okay, well hopefully that works out for you z_attack19. Hope to see you in the player community sometime though!
ME Jul 26, 2013 @ 5:47pm 
I have the Intel HD3000. The most modern I game I can play with that and an Intel Core i5-2450M at 2.5GHz and 6 GB RAM is Borderlands 2, but just at a passable fps and lowest settings.

@Goat- actually I beg to differ. I get some fps issues in a few instances throughout the game. the shipyard isn't too kind on the fps but is they are smooth, and looking at any sun in-flight causes a noticeable pause. Granted, I dont exctly have a gaming rig:)
Astral Influx Aug 7, 2013 @ 1:04am 
Hi, just my 2 cents from working with intel mobile (R) series chipset graphics - As far as I know, that graphics processor is not compatable with modern games, even on the lowest graphics settings. It was very low powered back in its day, and now its completely obsolete unless you like older games. There is a list of compatable games available through microsoft, but as for kinetic void running on it, I am doubtful.
tallon.nisar Aug 7, 2013 @ 2:16am 
Thanks for the input, Astral, it'll be useful for future consults. I had heard that about a lot of the Intel Mobiles, but I wasn't sure, since I don't spec sytems with integraded chips, except in the most basic of office systems.
z_attack19 Sep 18, 2013 @ 5:15pm 
XD I just got uprgraded so perhaps I shall now get it
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