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16/03/2013 18:04:20

LULU153
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I have a Macbook and have had Windows 7 installed via Virtual Box in order to use Muvizu. I have downloaded the software but am unable to open it due to this message -
"Your video card does not support alpha blending with floating point render
targets (DSDFMT_A16B16G16RF16F) which is required to run this game.
Exiting.."


Can anyone advise what this means and how to overcome it?


thanks
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16/03/2013 18:34:39

urbanlamb
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Unfortunately this means that your card is not compatible with muvizu you will need to upgrade it to meet the specs on the site. Many laptops have cards which can't run such things. Also to be honest it has to be a very powerful laptop or you will burn it out on such things but if you want to run muvizu your going to need to upgrade the card. (and possibly other things )

Shader model 3 graphics card (or equivalent APU)


Direct X 9, June 2010 version or later, available
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16/03/2013 18:43:11

LULU153
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urbanlamb wrote:
Unfortunately this means that your card is not compatible with muvizu you will need to upgrade it to meet the specs on the site. Many laptops have cards which can't run such things. Also to be honest it has to be a very powerful laptop or you will burn it out on such things but if you want to run muvizu your going to need to upgrade the card. (and possibly other things )

Shader model 3 graphics card (or equivalent APU)


Direct X 9, June 2010 version or later, available



Aah, ok thank you. So do you think I'd have more luck with a cheapish pc laptop then? (Not that I'm looking to throw money away!)
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16/03/2013 19:10:33

urbanlamb
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I wouldnlt run muvizu on any cheap laptop hehe it will burn it out, but even then you take your chances if you purchase a laptop it may or may not have a card that can run muvizu you will have to get a newer one. I personally dont recommend laptops for any graphical work its far to stressful on them. A desktop pc is my hardware of choice and it will cost half the price of a laptop
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16/03/2013 19:14:31

LULU153
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OK, thanks very much for your help

I can see that using a lovely free piece of software such as Muvizu is going to cost me a lorra dosh!

thanks again
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16/03/2013 19:20:03

LULU153
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would something like this be suitable do you think?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cheap-Fast-Budget-HP-Desktop-Tower-PC-Computer-17-TFT-LCD-2GB-XP-Full-System-/170997807614?pt=UK_Computing_DesktopPCs&hash=item27d04379fe

thanks
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16/03/2013 19:46:11

urbanlamb
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hi i would not buy that its only a pentium 4 honestly the last time we had such a discussion it was difficult to recommend to people. That is pure garbage and so old its not worth even 1 cent. Dont shop for things like this on amazon

this is a cheap pc this is in canadian dollars and the british pound sterling is worth about 2.5 canadian dollars. so that costs about 300 pound sterling (I am not using a converter just dividing by 2.5 and rounding things off). I would not go much below those specs because your simply taking a match to your money and setting it on fire. This is not the greatest pc in the world and I would not purchase it because I get my own custom built but it will run muvizu and keep you happy for awhile unlike that pc which the person should be given a stern talking to about selling museum pieces as viable options for running todays software.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2546170&Sku=C447-12001
edited by urbanlamb on 16/03/2013
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16/03/2013 19:52:37

LULU153
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Ok thanks.... Ive just discovered the forum page that discusses which pc might be best. I'll carry on looking there.

thanks again
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16/03/2013 19:59:35

urbanlamb
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yes be careful what you purchase and never purchase a used pc from a private person unless you know them well
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16/03/2013 20:05:56

LULU153
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Yes, thanks. As someone said on the other forum, I'm only looking for a pc to use this programme and one other that I have. No need for cinematic films or for multi tasking, so I'm hoping a recent pc will do the job without getting into the details too much (as they get a bit over powering for an old gal like me!)

thanks again
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16/03/2013 20:48:06

urbanlamb
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The only thing you want to avoid is a pc with a video card that is wired onto the motherboard most of them really dont support muvizu well even if they are brand new and video cards are one of the most common components to wear out. Anything that is new quad core with a decent graphics card and some decent ram to not get bogged down. Muvizu runs mostly off its graphics card so for instance I build sets that really a card with low ram wont even load because its doing the bulk of the work so for cards the bigger the better really but just avoid those "deals" on places like amazon and ebay
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16/03/2013 20:55:53

LULU153
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Oh it all sounds so complicated! Can you just post me a
couple of links - UK based if possibleplease

Thank you!
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16/03/2013 21:05:43

urbanlamb
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Maybe someone from the uk will come along soon sorry. Haha I'm "old" to but I am a hardcore nerd from well my childhood so all this stuff I learn easily because of the fact that I have always been a very curious person and just must learn what makes things go.

Anyhow good luck hopefully someone can come by with a link to a store in the UK you can get to
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17/03/2013 23:41:15

LULU153
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Well I am delighted (and somewhat embarrassed) to report that I have bought a brand spanking new HP Pavilion all in one pc, just so that I can use a free piece of software!! I will sell my mac of course, so all is not lost....

Now that Ive rid myself of my guilt, Im going off to play.....
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18/03/2013 01:15:04

urbanlamb
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you only live once

As long as the thing was manufactured you know recently and is in a good pc store and you ask the guy in the store "does the graphic cards meet x requirements" your probably safe.
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