A game I loved back when I bought my first Windows PC recently popped up on Steam: Airline Tycoon (Deluxe).
But once I started it on my notebook with Windows 8.1, I noticed, that everything in the main hall is running extremely slowly – almost like in slow-motion. Since this is a game released in 1998 running on modern hardware, I was suspecting compatibility issues. I also knew how the game was supposed to run, because I played it 1 1/2 years ago on the same machine, but on Windows 7.
By the way: The game is hard coded to run on 20 frames per second – it’s pretty ancient technology and will never be able run “smoothly” by today’s definition. But the game was running with 3-5 FPS.
But, thanks to a reply in the Steam user’s forums I can finally play the game like it’s meant to be. The problem was, that the game was using the integrated graphics card of my notebook instead of the additional “High-performance NVIDIA processor”.
If you’re having the same problem, give this a try:
- Open your NVIDIA control panel (I usually right click on my desktop and select “NVIDIA control panel” in the context menu).
- Navigate to “Manage 3D settings”
- Click on the tab “Program Settings”
- (Add the Airline Tycoon executable at.exe to your programs if it’s not in the list)
- Choose “High-performance NVIDIA processor” as the preferred graphics processor for this application
And yes: I think the game should be able to run without problems on my integrated graphics card (and it did on Win7), because even that thing is way faster than what I had in my PC in 1998, which was a Geforce 2. This is still bugging me as playing it with the integrated card would probably require less power…