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How to Play the Latest PC Games Without a Graphics Card

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Introduction

Have you guys wondered which graphics card to get? Well I have found a real alternative to a new graphics card here, with a software called SwiftShader 3. Using this software I have have been able to play Crysis with only a g31/g33 express chipset: the default graphics on a laptop. Without a graphics card, I have played Pro Evolution Soccer, Fear, and many more graphics-intensive games.

I tested a number of games after installing SwiftShader and recorded my results below. You can judge how well Swiftshader will work for your system. Then I go through the easy steps for how to find, download, and install the software.

Testing Conditions for SwiftShader 3

My PC specs are:

  • Intel core 2 duo @ 2.70 GHz
  • Win XP SP3
  • 1 GB RAM
  • And Intel G33 Chipset graphics card with 256 MB VRAM


After downloading and installing SwiftShader 3, I tested out the following games:

  • Crysis—runs on lowest settings.
  • Need For Speed: Undercover—runs on low settings.
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands—runs on medium settings.
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011—runs on medium settings.
  • Burnout Paradiseruns on lowest settings but a bit laggy.

How to Use SwiftShader 3 (Download and Tutorial)

Step-By-Step Guide for Installing SwiftShader

Downloading and installing SwiftShader is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download SwiftShader from its official site: http://transgaming.com/swiftshader.
  2. Extract the .zip file after the download is completed.
  3. Right-click the d3d9.dll file.
  4. Paste the file into your game folder.

When you open the game to play it, you'll see a SwiftShader logo in the bottom left-hand corner. You can't get rid of the logo because it's a demo; if you want to play logo-free, then you'll need to actually purchase the software.

A number of players also report lag with this method. But there's another easy fix to this problem. Just take the following steps.

How To Get Rid of SwiftShader Gameplay Lag

This fix requires downloading another piece of software, 3D Analyzer, which can emulate many of the key features of 3D games.

  1. Download 3D Analyzer here.
  2. Extract the .zip file after download completes.
  3. After extraction, open the file titled 3danalyzer-v236.exe.
  4. It will ask for a "Destination Folder." Give the location you want the file to be located.
  5. When completed, go to the Destination Folder and open the application called "3DAnalyze."
  6. When the application, click the "Select" button under the "File Selection" tab.
  7. Then, in the selection window, locate the original .exe of the game you wish to play (not the shortcut!)
  8. Below the "File Selection" tab, there are two text boxes, one labeled "VendorID" and the other "DeviceID." Next to them is a pull-down menu with the Vendor and Device IDs of four graphic cards. Select the desired graphics card you wish to simulate.
  9. Click "Run" and enjoy your game!

If you want to see the difference that SwiftShader 3 makes, check out the video below, which shows the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas before and after installing SwiftShader.

More Graphics Cards Alternatives

There are also a number of other ways to boost your PC's graphics. Here are some of the other methods.

  1. Razer Game Booster. A free and easy to install downloadable software. This software boosts performance by turning off all the applications and programs running in the background.
  2. Adjust Settings. Try de-fragging your hard-drive once a week. That will help the game run faster by keeping all the files close together. Also, try lowering the resolution to 800x600.

Comments

Tarang on March 12, 2016:

I dont have graphic card also ,i can run fifa 14 on my pc ...RAM is 4Gb

zubair on August 23, 2015:

in my g31 motherboard the graphic is only 128 mb what can i do for 256mb graphic

kanewei on November 20, 2014:

Intel (R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz

Installed Memory : 2.00GB

32-bit operating system

can i play fifa online 3?

kanewei on November 20, 2014:

My com don't have graphics card can I play fifa online 3?

Litam on September 09, 2014:

Hey i hv fifa 14 but there is no response to the game when i click on play

Can u help to run it

Avi on September 08, 2014:

my pc configuration is-

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz

Video Card Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000

Memory 4.0 GB

Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit

how can i play games like you do??

BBB on August 20, 2014:

hey i played nfs undercover but the menu is invisible

imtiyaaz on July 27, 2014:

I do not have graphics card can still play with swiftsharder if I can you plz help me

sadasdasdsada on July 26, 2014:

Can we use 3D Analyze

sagar on July 15, 2014:

can i play fifa 14 by this softwear

anantha krishnan on July 11, 2014:

thank u it was very useful

l am really thankful for u.

it only works in window mod for pes 13

but its dosent matter its great

thanku

1loyatri on June 12, 2014:

can i play fifa 14 with it

guy on June 10, 2014:

3gb RAM

Pentium Dual Core E6300, 2.80gHz

32 bit system

intel G33 express chipset family.

can i run fifa online 3 ??

guy on June 10, 2014:

3gb RAM

Pentium Dual Core E6300, 2.80gHz

32 bit system

intel G33 express chipset family.

can i run fifa online 3 ??

asif618 (author) on June 04, 2014:

How to Play Fifa 13/14 without Graphics Card + my diwnload link is broken so go to this YouTube and check description to download swiftshader 3

asif618 (author) on June 04, 2014:

Hey guys..the swiftshader logo cannot be removed since it's a demo version..hv to purchase full..if you guys feel the game is slow try change game setting to the lowest like resolution and graphic to low..if the speed is slow im sorry...the high ended games are tough unless u have better ram and peocessor...I hvnt check all the games..every game there is swiftshader setting for some games google it...:)

asif on June 04, 2014:

Hey guys..the swiftshader logo cannot be removed since it's a demo version..hv to purchase full..if you guys feel the game is slow try change game setting to the lowest like resolution and graphic to low..if the speed is slow im sorry...the high ended games are tough unless u have better ram and peocessor...I hvnt check all the games..every game there is swiftshader setting for some games google it...:)

daksh on June 03, 2014:

can it be compatible with 1.8 ghz processor?

Asif on May 17, 2014:

Guys if u have better ram then it is worth to check and if it works just tell us and share..admins cannot check each anf every game with different specs

Sumit on May 17, 2014:

Can I play Spiderman Shattered Dimensions Game On My PC With Shift Shader.My System Req. are-

500 gb HDD

4gb Ram

Intel Duo Dual Core processor

Intel G41 Chipset with D3 Enabled

Sumit on May 17, 2014:

Can I Play Spiderman Shattered Dimensions in my pc With Shift Shader

My System Req. are-

500 gb Hard Disk

4 gb Ram

Processor-Intel Duo Dual Core

Shubham on May 09, 2014:

my laptop configuration is 1tb hard disk 4gb ram and 32 mb default garhics can i play amazing spider man

shankar on May 07, 2014:

I want to play gta-4 but while playing i can't see any building,cars,streets etc.

I have an hp laptop with 4 GB RAM, intel core i3 processor, 32-bit operating system

akash jadhav on March 23, 2014:

MY GRAPHICS CARD IS n/a AND MY RAM IS 2GB WILL IT WORK IN THIS CONFIG

Nehanshu on February 02, 2014:

can i play mafia 2 with swift shader 3 .before this i have tried 3d analyser but that did not work.

i have 4 gb ram , 500 gb hd, window 7, intel core3 processor.

Makin on January 17, 2014:

i have 1.4ghz

and i can run pes 2010 tnx

sachin on January 09, 2014:

How to copy d3dll file and how to paste

ram on December 31, 2013:

can i play total overdose

surojdey on December 29, 2013:

I can play alan wake but its too lagy help.... plz

Manaal on December 28, 2013:

I wanted to run wwe 09 raw vs. smackdown without graphic card using swift shader 3.0 but it didn't work pls sort it out

soheb on December 28, 2013:

i have no graphic card can i run swiftshader

Rohit on December 27, 2013:

how to remove swiftshader 3 logo from game

yoyoo on December 17, 2013:

can i play spider man shattered dimensions with swiftshader 3.0

i have-

RAM 2 GB

PROCESSOR-Intel core 2 duo 2.80 Ghz

GPU-intel GMA 3100

klien klvin on December 03, 2013:

can i play prototype 2 using it

mubashir on December 01, 2013:

can i play hitman 5 , maxpaney 3 , mafia 2 , GTA 4 , resident evil 4 ??

my processer is 3.00 core2duo with 1.5 RAM ...........????

hakrabakra on November 25, 2013:

nfs undercover is really slow with swiftshader in 1gb ram

shreyas nk on November 20, 2013:

dude, i am not able to play amazing spiderman with this.

whenever i start the game, in the intro, there is an icon down on the left of the screen saying "swift shader" and after the intro, the game stops working.

Please help me sort it out.

Bhushan on November 11, 2013:

Can I play wwe 2010 and fifa 10 without graphics card in my pc?

yoges on November 05, 2013:

can i play fifa online 3 ?

sasi on October 08, 2013:

can i play ashes2009 with this software....my configuration is 2gb ram

vivek on October 07, 2013:

CAN I PLAY GAMES LIKE COD?

Varun on September 29, 2013:

slows down my game please help................

SAM on September 22, 2013:

1 GB RAM

INTEL DUAL CORE PROCESSOR 3.20 G Hz

WINDOWS XP SP 3

BUT THEN ALSO PES 10 IS NOT WORKING :-(

piyush on July 28, 2013:

Intel core 2 duo @ 2.70 GHz

Win XP SP3

1 GB RAM

And Intel G33 Chipset graphics card with 256 MB VRAM

these r my requiremnts and still i m not able to play pop sandof time

kkk121131 on June 18, 2013:

i don't have a graphic card....what can i do....!!???

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

if i know ur specs i might able to tell you..if you have good ram like 2gb above then it will be smooth

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

i think you can check this video proof

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVeSfaZhyX8

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

did you paste the swiftshader to the inside location of the spiderman game folder

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

My youtube video rejected as i open a game...LOL..so try to google it...but anyway here is one youtube video and the download is in the discription http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txvv4fXZECc

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

I think u can :)

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

try it and let me know...the games that works in swiftshader 3.0 check this https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/intel9x-gaming/AfPIfWoJEgo

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

This will try to smooth but im not sure it will help the lags...try to lower the resolution with medium graphics setting

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

try with any crap graphic card...but im not sure with speed unless if you have better ram orelse try to lower the graphic settings the game

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

The downloaded one is in the description of this video...somehow my video got rejected :(

asif618 (author) on May 23, 2013:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txvv4fXZECc

Anuj on May 20, 2013:

Can I Play Darksiders II

avinash on May 11, 2013:

can i run fifa 09 with 64mb graphics and 2gb ram

madhusudan on May 10, 2013:

it cannot run spiderman shattered dimension

vishwesh on May 04, 2013:

where to download my friend

prashant on April 22, 2013:

can i play wwe 13 with 256 mb video memory

ABBY on April 08, 2013:

can i run nfs shift 2009 with this software

Raj Chopra on March 19, 2013:

my system properties are:

dual-core @2.70GHz

Ram 2GB and

graphics card :nvidia geforce biostar 1GB ddr3.

In my computer gta4 runs but it runs slow when i make its graphics high and it run normal when i make them low. the thing i want to know is,that can i play it fast at full graphics???

Paras Pandey on January 26, 2013:

I am Just Downloading It .I hope it will surely help me.Does it works with 256 MB Graphics?

asif618 (author) on November 23, 2012:

It depends how much ram and processor. You can low your setting in your game like resolution to lowest (800*600). Type the (game name ) swiftshader 3 settings in google to search. You might find some setting just edit using notepad on the file swfit shader.ini

Pawan on November 15, 2012:

hey swift shader makes the game slow .....do you have any idea to play the game using swift shader smoothly.

asif618 (author) on October 28, 2012:

If anyone have problem with swiftshader 3 then ask here. I can help

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