Want to play “not-so-old games” on a really old computer or a device with lower-end specifications? Then this “how to use 3D analyzer guide” is just for you.
Keep in mind that there’s no magic trick that will run the latest, resource-hungry games like Battlefield 1 or Call of Duty: World War II on lower-end devices. I’m truly sorry if you didn’t know that. And if you still want to keep looking for a way to do so without putting in a good deal of money, then this post definitely isn’t for you.
Just kidding! No spoilers here!
Well! Not everyone has big pockets and big budgets to upgrade their old devices and run latest games. But if you can afford, then we recommend these low-budget but quite powerful gaming laptops under $1000 price tag.
Otherwise, that’s where the 3D analyze (more commonly known as 3D analyzer) enters the scenario as the savior; automates all the tweaking and allows you to play the game without any issue.
Oh! And before we move on, let’s settle on one thing. Since 3D analyzer is also called 3D analyze, so we might be using both terms interchanging in this 3D analyzer tutorial. So, don’t worry if you see one or the other.
How Does 3D analyzer work?
Before we dive in the details of how to use 3D analyzer, it’s important to know what this software can do and what are its limitations.
The 3D analyze tool is a perfect companion for the old systems that are trying to run games, belonging to pre-2003 timeline. It tweaks the settings of the games to reduce the graphics quality and increase the performance. Did you know that VRidge does the same thing for a VR based system.
With just a few clicks, it does all the heavy lifting for you and runs your game. Moreover, it can emulate the features of DirectX so that your device is able to run the game which it won’t be able to support.
It is important to note that this software supports PowerVR, ATI, Voodoo and 3DFX cards made before 2003. Anything above that? Try your luck and it might work!
How to use 3D analyzer?
Now without further ado, let’s head towards the thing for which you visited this article – the guide on how to use 3D analyzer 🙂 To keep things simpler, I have divided the process in three sections.
How to install
- Since you are already here, I suppose that you’ve already downloaded the 3D analyzer tool. But if you haven’t, then you can download the 3D analyzer latest version 2017 from here.
- Extract the file that you just downloaded.
- Double click the “3danalyzer-v236.exe” file and install it at the location, where you will be able to access it easily in the future.
- Get to the installation folder and double click the 3DAnalyze.exe file to open it.
How to use
3D Analyzer does an excellent job of tricking your game by making them think that your device is using a newer version of graphics card. This process shifts some of the computations from the graphics card to CPU. Keep in mind that not all games like being tricked and will most likely crash upon startup.
- Determine the DirectX version of your device by accessing “DxDiag”.
- Check the version required to run the game. For that, you can search online by typing “name of the game system requirements”.
- Use 3D analyzer tool to switch to the appropriate version. Please note that this switching only works for the DirectX versions immediately following each other. To understand this, let’s say you have DirectX 7, you can move up to DirectX 8, but not 8.1 or later.
Read this section carefully for appropriate switching settings:
- DirectX 7 – Check the “emulate cube maps”, “emulate bump map caps”, and “emulate HW TnL caps” options.
- DirectX 8 – Check the “skip pixel shader version 1.1”, “emulate pixel shader caps” and “emulate other DX8.1 caps” options.
- DirectX 8.1 – Tick mark the “skip pixel shader version 1.4” option.
- DirectX 9 – For DirectX 9, check the “skip pixel shader version 2.0” option.
- Now save the file by clicking the “Save Batch File” button at the bottom of the 3D Analyze window.
- Open the saved file. This will automatically run the game with the settings you just set.
Unsupported Video Card? Bring it On!
In case, if you get an error message saying something about unsupported video card, then you can use 3D analyzer to change the video card information. If you don’t know how to use 3D analyzer to do that, don’t worry since that’s what I’m here for. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to enjoy the game.
- For the purpose, look for the “DeviceID” and “VendorID” fields in the 3D Analyzer window, corresponding to the card that’s compatible with your game.
- Enter the numbers to their respective fields to modify the graphic card which is reported to be installed on your device.
- Want to switch back to the real thing? Just enter “0” in both fields.
Best Settings For the Games
The above section will help you in dealing with the issues with game compatibility, however the game might be laggy or running slow. But don’t worry, since 3D analyzer provides you a workaround for this, too.
There are plenty of options in the performance section that can help you in adjusting the graphics related settings. This lets the games run better, but might also cause stability issues or other significant problems.
Tip: Most of the Windows games will make use of “DirectX Options” section; while the older games will, most likely, require you to modify the “OpenGL Options” section.
- Give your gaming experience a huge performance boost by disabling textures. This will render everything to appear flat, and might lead to a terribly ugly game; since textures are what give the details to the 3D models in the game.
- Alternatively, check “Force Small Textures (32 x 32)” to load basic textures, while getting a slight increase in performance.
- Disable the in-game lightning for improved performance.
Note: Finding the best settings for the game, you want to play, will take a lot of trial and error. But it’s definitely worth it.
FAQ Section – Answered by WikiHow, Forums and ME!
- Can I run GTA 5 with 3D analyzer and 2GB of RAM?
Answer: You might be (or might not be) able to play GTA 5 on your device, but the performance won’t be optimal. The lack of RAM will cause the map to struggle while loading. Moreover, the GPU that your device have will most most likely render the frames at a tremendously reduced rate. (Answered by Aniss Aoudjehane – WikiHow)
- Can I run Pro Evolution Soccer 17 perfectly with 258MB of V-RAM?
Answer: Well! The minimum requirements to run PES 17 are too low, i.e. 512 MB of V-RAM. Since, the difference is not big, there’s a good chance that it will run. But as far as “perfectly” is concerned, then sorry that’s not gonna happen. (Answered by me)
- How do I run GTA 5 with 3D analyzer?
Answer: That depends entirely on the specifications of your system. For example, there’s no way you will be able to play it on a previous generation i3 device. (Me again 🙂 )
- How to use 3D analyzer to play Prince of Persia: Sands of Time on an old computer?
Answer: Check “Emulate HW TnL” from Hardware Limits – DirectX options section, “Shaders” and “Textures” from Anti-Detect Mode, as well as “Performance Mode” from Remove Stuttering section. And your device might be able to play it. (Answered by Mihkel Klemm – TheProHack)
- I have no graphic card. Can I play Fifa 09?
Answer: Yes, but the quality will be too low. (Answered by Sssumeet13 – TheProHack)
If you find the best settings for any game, then do share with us. Oh! And don’t forget to share this how to use 3D analyzer guide with your friends.