i d/l the latest video drivers. they did not help too much. but when i turned off SMARTGART it helped a bit. it runs pretty smooth now, except in the towns. its strange it looks smooth but the speed goes way down. either way, it does run better. any new tips would still be appreciated though, like maybe page file settings or something i could download to enhance the performance. hell, even bios settings would nice (things that improve performance on all of my games are cool).
thanks for the posts.