Question from fortress2

A. Why is my game so laggy and slow?!

Hey i bought Empire: Total War but it is extremely laggy!
I have checked my specs on this site: and my pc is so awesome that this game should be working on light speed!
I have tried almost everything like closing internet etc. when starting it, and do a disc defragmentation, clean my whole pc from coockies and other stuff but it just keep lagging! So my question is: How is this possible and how can i solve this?! (BTW the A at the question title is just to make my question be at the top of the list.)

fortress2 provided additional details:

Minimum: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium or greater or AMD Athlon equivalent CPU
You Have: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor

CPU Speed
Minimum: 2.4 GHz
You Have: 2.8 GHz Performance Rated at: 5.46 GHz

Minimum: 1GB RAM (XP) 2GB RAM (Vista)
You Have: 2.7 GB

Minimum: Windows XP (Service pack 2), Windows Vista
You Have: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (build 7600), 64-bit

Video Card
Minimum: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible, (Shader model 2.0), Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768
You Have: GeForce 9200

Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card
Required You Have
Video RAM 256 MB 1.4 GB
Hardware T&L Yes Yes
Pixel Shader version 2.0 4.0
Vertex Shader version 2.0 4.0

fortress2 provided additional details:

I just found out my version is 1.5 and the latest is 1.6 steam should have automaticly updated the game but because it didnt; how can i update steam games manual?


rincewind40 answered:

Updated graphics drivers?
Verified game cache? Right click on game under steam library the properties>LocalFiles
Set options to low? V-Sync?
Compatibility mode?
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rincewind40 answered:

After a bit of research its become clear that Empire Total War isn't very well optimised so it could just be your hardware.
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