Help with using
Questions & Answers - PC
The PC equipment
Can I play Lasergolf on any PC?
Technically yes, the software will run on any Pentium-class PC. But to
get the degree of realism which the game is capapble of you need a
decent video accelerator or graphics card. Fortunately, most PCs in the
last couple of years come with reasonable cards included. If you don't
have one, they're not expensive, and not difficult to install.
How do I find
out if my PC is fast enough?
Processor/RAM: Go the Start button in Windows and choose Control
Panel I System.The General page tells you your processor speed
and memory, and the Windows version
Graphics card: Select any open space on your PC desktop, right-click
your mouse and select Properties. Choose the Settings tab, then
Advanced, then Adapter and you'll see the type and the memory available.
DirectX support: Within Windows XP, choose Start I Run
and then key
dxdiag.exe and Enter. The DirectX version is given towards the bottom of
If you have
Microsoft Word, an easy alternative is to start Word then select Help
I About Word I System Info, which will give you a complete
summary of everything on your system
Lasergolf on my laptop computer?
Unless it has better than average video support (and only the more
expensive recent models do) then it won't be worth it. Portables which
use the GeForce2 go chipset from nVidia, or ATI's Radeon Mobility-based
adaptors will give you a reasonable game.
Lasergolf like on a slow computer?
Slooooow. If there's no graphics accelerator card, Lasergolf has to
use the main processor to do all the intricate and repetitive
calculations to create realistic trees, greens and animations. You could
wait several minutes before you see anything. It's just not worth it.
graphics cards are best?
Many manufacturers build video cards, but they're generally based on
processors built by nVidia and ATI (though there are several others). A
recent search on the Internet showed you could pay $52 for a card using
the nVidia GeForce2 chipset with 64Mb of memory, which would be just
fine.You could pay $369 if you wanted the latest and greatest!
Can I use a TV
instead of my computer monitor?
Yes - LaserGolf looks
good on a TV. BUT you need to make sure that the graphics card in your
PC supports TV out - not all of them do. You can also output to a
video projector, which gives absolutely the best experience.
What's a USB?
The Universal Serial
Bus is a form of connection to your PC, which largely replaces the bulky
Parallel port used primarily to link to printers. You'll recognise it as
a slim rectangular socket which will accept a plug like
on the back of the PC, sometimes on the front. If you don't have one,
you can't play Lasergolf
How do I make
sure Lasergolf is using my graphics accelerator card?
If you press the F2 function key, you get the Change Device window. This
lists the possible ways Lasergolf can use your display. Make sure you're
video adaptor is in the drop-down list, and select it. The other options
allow for software-only support and various degrees of hardware support
for Lasergolf display functions.