Red Alert 3 on Intel 965 / X3100

Who doesn’t like games?

Kidding aside, I found the best way, I believe, to run the game Red Alert 3 on my Old laptop.
(sold the new laptop, the low resolution and no hdd light drove me crazy)
Fun fact: old laptop was a Del Latitude D620 with a Intel 945 card but it died so I replaced the motherboard from a D630 – now with 965 graphics.

Okay, Small tutorial:

Note:

  • Assuming Widows Vista+ on 64 bit
    (I am on Windows 10 64 bit)
  • Assuming Red Alert 3 ver 1.6 (Most likely works with latest version 1.12 as well)

Set Widows to allow unsigned driver installations:

  • Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  • type: “bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS”
  • Press ENTER
  • type: “bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON”
  • Press ENTER
  • Reboot Computer

Install Modded Driver

Add Red Alert 3’s  “exe” files to the Registry to enable Software rendering (take some load off the GPU) a.k.a “addgame.reg”

Option 1) Pre-made files:

  • Download reg file from this link (Right Click Save as)
  • Double click and add to registry

Option 2) Manually edit the reistry

  • Run regedit.exe
  • browse to: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001ControlClass{4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}000]
  • Right Click on the right pane “New-> DWORD (32-bit) Value
  • Name: “~ra3_1.6.game” where 1.6 is the version of your game (see C:Program Files (x86)Electronic ArtsRed Alert 3Data for the latest version)
  • Right Click the new key -> modify -> set value to “1”
  • OK
  • Exit

Set Computer to dis-allow further unsigned drivers (optional):

  • Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  • type: “bcdedit -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS”
  • Press ENTER
  • type: “bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF”
  • Press ENTER
  • Reboot Computer

Play The Game

  • Best resolution to could get was 1200 x 800 and on VERY low settings before game would go very slow

Notes & Links:

9xx Soliders snsfrontiers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/71161501714/

Intelli Modder 32 facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/modpgd/

Intelli Modder 32 http://www.bugbytes.co/download-links-phdgd-intel-gma-modded-drivers/

Intelli Modder 32 FAQ: https://www.facebook.com/notes/734831653203651/

Comparison:

There are another modded driver from the places such as Intelli Modder 32’s list. I only compared one of them but it might be useful.
“Solo v1.0.1 x64” is slightly slower than Chell 1.7b by 5-10% in red alert 3 in my limited testing.

To see if the GPU is being pushed to it limit, other than visually running slow,  I like to use the GPU-Z program. Simply, run it-> Sensors tab -> Check GPU Load. Run game and alt-tab out to see the graph. Around 85% load is pretty good, leaving some room to see those explosions etc without the computer getting too slow.

The “3danalyse”  program is apparently does similar stuff to the addgame.reg functionality. Also, I couldn’t get it to work (crashes before main screen).

I welcome any better modded drivers though.

That’s all i can think of, for those with these old laptops.

Joshua.

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