Yes friends, thanks for your interest , all the problem seems to be a GPU driver problem, I installed it again (good old Catalyst 10.4 ... this spare computer is quite old ... P4 3,2 Ghz, 2Gb RAM, ATI HD3850 AGP ... ) and everything is OK now !!!
hola tio, escribes en español pero mal ... PAL es un sistema de televisón, creo ...
No entiendo eso de que "no se lo merece en otro idioma" ... que es lo que no se "lo" merece ... quién no se "lo" merece ... entras en un foro en inglés i vas de chulo ... lo encuentro de mala educación, lo siento, en mi opinión no mereces que se te ayude.
FOR ENGLISH SPEAKERS: EXCUSE me, I cannot translate, I cannot stand immature behaviour ...
I'm having the same problem lately ... not always but quite often.
My system is: P4 2,4 - 1gb ram- Ati 9800 pro 128 - Latest NGO drivers (1.73) ...
Rebooting system solves the problem , but is a waste of time !!! Any other solution ???
To those who follow my adventures:
I found the reason of the problem.
I'm using again Omega's 2.6.25a after seing the poor FPS of the original driver.
I updated it from Compaq's web page, resulting in LFS refusing to start !!!
So I reverted to original driver and installed over it the mentioned Omegas ... FPS are a little better (3-5 FPS gain I want to believe), and LFS is working more or less (more less than more !!! :shrug 12 to 16 FPS at the back of a 4 cars grid in BW1, with quite bad image quality, so I decided to finetune the settings in windows and try to apply a (very) little of AA and AF just to see ... and I found that depending of the options that I choose, the driver sets the resolution automatically to 1280x1024 and I have again the big images (my 15" laptop screen can only do 1024x768), so being careful with this I can function by now ...
I'll try other drivers to see if that problem persist, the question is ... Must I take the immediately older or immediately newer driver that the one I have ???.
I'll keep you informed.
BTW,dont think that I dream that I'll get 70 frames with a full grid ... my aspiration is to play LFS offline, just hotlapping or racing with 3-4 AIs, just to learn the tracks that I rarely use ... I'd be happy in those conditions with 20 to 25 frames and an acceptable quality (mind my eyes). I know that online those FPS would almost double and that`s enough !!!
I drive in that laptop with an old UltraracerPC and I'm happy with it !!!
Thanks for your quick answers friends.
I had tried already most of what you are suggesting, thanks anyhow, without success, so I downloaded again LFS and tried a fresh installation, no luck again... so I thought that perhaps something was wrong in te driver I was using and decided to revert to old drivers, (ATI's original that came with my laptop, dated from 2003) ... well, everything is fine now except FPS that are awful, but this laptop has never been good for games .
I'd like to find better drivers, As i told you in my desk PC i'm usig latest NGOs (I think) and I'm very satisfied , but trying to make them work in my laptop, with that IGP was an awful waste of time, I found a patch to install them in laptops but it didnt work in mine
So now the question is ... does anyone know a good driver for my poor IGP 345 M ???
It happens also in windowed mode.
Drivers for IGP 345M ... which ones ??? I was using Omegas, even newer than the one I have now without problems, tried to install NGO's (they work OK in my desk PC ) and had a lot of troubles with my laptop crashing so I had to uninstall them, and a hard work getting it to work with default ones ... I decided to install that old 2.6.25a because somewhere I read that this was the last one good for this card (if you can call it that way).
I'll try to download again LFS and make a fresh installation ...
Sorry if it has been asked before, I couldnt find it.
I'm tryng to get LFS running in my (poor) Lap Top (Compaq Presario 2500, P4 2,5 Ghz, 512 ram, integrated graphics IGP 345M (Omega's 2.6.25a), 15" screen.
No mather what I do, the image in the screen is too big, and I cannot get it smaller to see it all ... look at the attachment.
Something is wrong in my settings, but LFS or Windows ???