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Generic graphics problems in Max Payne 2


Max Payne 2 requires a 100% DirectX 9 compatible video card with at least 32 MB of video memory.


For optimum performance, your game graphics will be set to recommended settings. You can customize your settings by going to the Options menu from the Main Dialog.

Video cards with 32MB of video memory should only use the low detail settings and run at a maximum resolution of 800x600 without anti-aliasing.

Video cards with 64MB of video memory should only use the medium detail settings and run at a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 without anti-aliasing.

Video cards with 128MB of video memory can use the maximum settings and run in up to 1600x1200 resolutions (or 1280x1024 with anti-aliasing).


If you have any problems with graphics, please do the following first:

1. Update your graphics card drivers.

2. Lower your resolution and graphic detail settings from Max Payne 2 Options Dialog.

3. Disable Anti-Aliasing from the Max Payne 2 options dialog.


The Options are described in tooltips. Hover your mouse over the text and you will get a yellow text popup describing what the option adjusts and how it affects performance.

Lowering the resolution will increase performance as well.


1. UPDATE DRIVERS - See below for a list of manufacturers and follow your manufacturers' instructions on updating the drivers.

2. CHECK DIRECTX FUNCTIONALITY - If you get an error message saying "Max Payne requires a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card", you can check your DirectX version and functionality by using "DXDiag" application that comes with your system. Click Start -> Run, then enter "dxdiag". Select the Display tab and click on "Test Direct3D". After all tests are completed, you should get a "Direct3D test results: All tests were successful." message. You can also verify functionality with other DirectX games.

If Direct3D does not work, there is something wrong in your system configuration. Verify in Dxdiag that Direct3D Acceleration and AGP Texture Acceleration are enabled (if they are disabled, enable them). If you still have problems, we recommend that you reinstall the latest DirectX and graphics card drivers and try again.

3. INCREASE AGP APERTURE SIZE - Warning, only for advanced users.

Go to your computers' BIOS and look for a setting called AGP Aperture Size. We recommend setting it 128MB, or if you have 512MB or more system memory, to 256MB. This will increase the available memory for textures and thus may increase performance.

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