C&C 3 : Increase shader details prevent crashing

I have 2 computers, one is a laptop which I carry everywhere. But, also a desktop system for playing games. It has an ok video card and an old CPU, but it does the job for now.

Recently I am playing Command and Conquer 3 : Tiberium Wars. Although I own this game for quite some time, only recently I began playing it more often.

For fun I tried it to run on my laptop, which has only an onboard video card (Intel, GMA 450). The graphical performance of this laptop is anything but good, but I gave it a shot.

The game needed to be updated first of course, but after that it actually ran fine… for 5 minutes. 

After 5 minutes it crashed horribly, just showing my Windows (XP) desktop with the known message that the program encountered a problem/error.

It took a while to figure out what was going wrong: The GMA 450 does not support C&C 3 (see Compatibility List)!

I did a search with google and figured that someone at TechGuy found a solution. The solution is easy. First make sure all your graphical settings are on “low”. Then, increase the Shaders setting to “medium”. Thats it!

It sounds weird, but it actually works! The game did not crash after 5, 10, or more minutes. 

Although this does fix the crashing problem, it did not fix my problem of getting owned by the AI.

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