Game performance may be slower than you expect when you play Zoo Tycoon 2

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Symptoms

When you play Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2, the game performance may be slower than you expect.

Resolution

To increase the performance of Zoo Tycoon 2, try one or more of the following methods in the order that they are listed.

Method 1: Create new game with Zoo Tycoon 2

the more objects you have that require some action; the more the computer will have to do. So, the more animals, people, cars, etc, you have, the more resources the game will take. If you have a huge map with lots of different objects, try creating a new map and see how the game is performing. If new game is working then you know that your saved game has too many objects. You may try changing the game settings (lower graphics settings) to see if that will make a difference.

Method 2: Make sure that the computer exceeds the minimum system requirements for Zoo Tycoon 2

When you play Zoo Tycoon 2, you will experience better performance if your computer exceeds the minimum system requirements for the game. To compare your computer with the minimum system requirements for Zoo Tycoon 2, follow these steps:
  1. View the system information for your computer in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

    Note To view a video that shows how to access system information by using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://support.microsoft.com/servicedesks/ShowMeHow/021604_8.asx
    To view the system information for your computer in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type dxdiag, and then click OK.
    2. Click the System tab, and then view the Memory and Processor values.
    3. Click the Display tab or the Display 1 tab, and then view the Approx. Total Memory value.
    4. Click Exit.
  2. View the Zoo Tycoon 2 system requirements in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 889368 and make sure that your computer exceeds these requirements. Compare the memory, processor, and approximate total memory values that you viewed in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to the RAM, processor, and graphics memory values that are listed in Knowledge Base article 889368. For more information about the minimum system requirements for Zoo Tycoon 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    889368 The minimum system requirements for Zoo Tycoon 2

Method 3: Analyze and compare the computer that you are using to other computers

To analyze the gaming performance of your PC and to view the ranking of the system relative to other computers that are on the market, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://gameadvisor.futuremark.com/gameadvisor/service/
For more information about the Windows Game Advisor, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx
If your PC ranks low, you may be able to improve the performance of the game by using the methods that are listed in this article. However, you may have to update your PC's hardware for optimal performance. For information about how to update the computer's hardware, contact the manufacturer of the computer.

Method 4: Download and install the Zoo Tycoon 2 update

An updated version of Zoo Tycoon 2 resolves some performance issues. To download and install the updated version, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://zootycoon.com/Downloads/patches.htm

Method 5: Reduce the video resolution

  1. Start Zoo Tycoon 2.
  2. Click Game Options.
  3. In the Video Resolution list, select a lower video resolution.
  4. Click the Save changes and exit button.

Method 6: Change the sound card provider to Miles Fast 2D Positional Audio

  1. Start Zoo Tycoon 2.
  2. Click Game Options.
  3. In the Sound Card Providers list, click Miles Fast 2D Positional Audio.
  4. Click the Save changes and exit button.

Method 7: Turn off the sound

  1. Start Zoo Tycoon 2.
  2. Click Game Options.
  3. Move the Music Volume slider to the left until the displayed value is 0%.
  4. Click the Save changes and exit button.

References

For more information about how to improve game performance, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
815069 How to improve computer performance when you play Microsoft games

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Article ID: 889364 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 6.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Dino Danger
  • Microsoft Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania
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