Well, I got Civilization IV running on my system, so I have wasted a lot of time, this weekend. Getting it to run was insane, however. For reference, I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 with the ATI Radeon Mobility 9000 (32MB) graphics card and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive. These are the steps I had to take to make it run (note that steps 3 and 5 turned out to be irrelevant and can, I think, be skipped):
I posted a few days ago that I didn’t think Civilization IV would run on my system without a costly video card upgrade. Well, fortunately or unfortunately, thanks to the good folks at the Civilization Fanatics’ Forums, I found a driver for my current video card that fixed my problems and means I will probably now cease to lead a productive life. I only played the 100 turns in the demo’s tutorial, and I can see why it’s super-addictive.
I’m kicking myself for opting for the cheap graphics card when I bought my laptop. William talked me into finally checking out Civilization IV, but it turns out my graphics card can’t hack it (only 32MB, and 64MB cards are required). I’m quite tempted to go buy the game, see if it will run, and buy the sound card to upgrade, if it doesn’t, but that’s probably not a smart way to spend my money. Oh, well.