Hello everyone. I wish I had come here under better circumstances, but I need help getting this game to work. I have a really low framerate at all settings, and it only gets worse as the game progresses and more of the map is revealed. It's worst after conducting diplomacy, but in the end game merely taking a turn will bog my system down. I have to run a RAM defragger every ten minutes just to make the game playable. Also, the sound stutters during the intro and wonder movies. My system: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 1GB Corsair XMS Dual-Channel DDR400 RAM MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard (Nforce3 chipset) Geforce FX5500 128Mb WinXP SP2 What I've tried: Reinstalling the game Lowering the game's graphics settings Installing latest video, sound, motherboard drivers, etc. Flashed latest BIOS Run the game with 3DAnalyzer (remove stuttering and force max pixel shader version 1.4) Disabled trilinear filtering via the config file I can't think of anything else that could possibly help at this point, and I've tried everything I've seen in these forums. Any ideas, other than writing angry emails demanding a functional copy of the game?