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poto_floyd 04-12-2005 12:12 AM

Slooow Max Payne with Cedega 4.3
I know my system isnt very good for gaming, but Max Payne 1 runs real slow in cedega compared to WinXP, where it runs perfectly.
My system specs are:
Athlon XP 2GHz
128 RAM (yeah, I know)
32 Mb integrated m/b savage video card
Slackware 10.1
Cedega 4.3

As I said, I know I need more RAM and a decent video card, but under WinXP it runs perfectly.
My question is, have I misconfigured cedega or the kernel CPU/IO scheduler? Or do I simply need better hardware to play this game under linux?

Forgive me if this question is dumb, but I need to know. Anyway, Im getting more RAM in a few days.

Thank you for your attention.


JaseP 04-12-2005 04:06 AM

The bottleneck is that integrated video card, and the amount of RAM. You need to get an nVidia-based graphics card. I would go with one that is a generation behind for price savings... and go to 512 MB of RAM.

If you do that you should be fine. the 2 GHz processor is not the problem.
I'm surprised you've gotten it to run at all.

poto_floyd 04-12-2005 11:26 AM

Thank you! =)
Hey, thank you very much for the reply.

I should get the RAM in a few days, but I'll have to wait for the nVidia.
The only thing that keeps me unrestul, is the fact the game runs smoothly under WinXP, on the same hardware. I guess I just can't get rid of WinXP at least for gaming (until I get a lot of RAM and a good video card).

Well, thank you again. Bye.


JaseP 04-12-2005 12:11 PM

Re: Thank you! =)

Originally posted by poto_floyd
The only thing that keeps me unrestul, is the fact the game runs smoothly under WinXP, on the same hardware. I guess I just can't get rid of WinXP at least for gaming (until I get a lot of RAM and a good video card).
Think about what you've said there,...
You're confused you say,... because you don't understand why the game will rund under lower systems specs natively as opposed to emulation (yeah I know technically wine is not emulation and Cedega is wine... )... ?!?!?

You have to have a little better selection of hardware if you are going to be emulating an environment that is foreign to the OS you're running... That's a simple fact of life. Wine accomplishes some of its tasks by passing off Linux system resources as Windoze ones,... and that takes some overhead... plain and simple. You can't expect there to be the same minimum system requirements.

That said. I run Jedi Academy faster under Cedega/WineX than I ever ran Jedi Outcast natively (when I was duel booting with Win98).

poto_floyd 04-12-2005 02:14 PM

You're right with that.
But what if Max Payne had a native linux binary? Would it run as smooth as the WinXP version under the same hardware, or even better?

I'm not saying WinXP is better for gaming, it's just that I'm new to linux gaming and I don't know what to expect under my current low system specs. Should the linux native games run as good as the window$ versions?

Sorry I've I express myself incorrectly, I'm not an english speaker.

Thanks for the replies.


JaseP 04-13-2005 11:19 AM

Would it run with the same specs...

Probably yes...

If not slightly better. As long as they are optimized. Doom 3 for example isn't, and so runs slightly better on Windoze, normalizing for disk access (which is better in Linux). Quake 3 is optimized,... and runs somewhat better. I should note though that the native Linux binaries usually are more stable.

I get better performance with the native titles that I run than I got with their Windoze versions... on the same hardware.

ksm89 04-13-2005 07:20 PM

How did you install Cedega? I am having problems myself.

poto_floyd 04-14-2005 11:57 PM

Thanks again
JaseP, thanks for the info :) Is there any scheduler (io, cpu) that is IDEAL for gaming? I'm currentli using 2.6.7's anticipatory. I read that the staircase is the best, is this true? Anyway, I tried aplying the patch for 2.6.7, but it didn't work. The new option doesn't show up in xconfig (I activated "show all options"). Sorry, maybe I should start another thread for this question...?

ksm89, I downloaded cedega 4.3 via bittorrent. The file was in .tgz format, so I simply installpkg-ed it under Slackware. If I remember correctly, I found the torrent on

poto_floyd. (_._)

ksm89 04-15-2005 08:26 AM

Thanks very much, i will try that.:)

Ross Clement 04-15-2005 04:56 PM

The OP didn't say which window manager he's using. If he's short on RAM he might want to try running a much lighter (than Gnome or KDE) window manager like blackbox and see if that makes a difference.



poto_floyd 04-15-2005 09:40 PM

Window manager
Hey Ross :)
Actually I'm currently using fluxbox and found an AWESOME window manager. Light and stable, great for a low ram system. Thanks for the advice anyway :D


Ross Clement 04-16-2005 01:36 AM

And this AWESOME window manager is ....



poto_floyd 04-16-2005 02:43 PM

Oops, sorry, it seems I expressed myself incorrectly. I live in SouthAmerica and do not speak english too well, so please ignore my spelling mistakes or syntax mistakes.
The window manager I was talking about is....
fluxbox -----> AWESOME! Hehe! :)


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