And yes I followed the steps in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogx56b9oHIk
Cultris needs a decent graphics card to run. Your CPU is almost irrelevant. Further you should not expect that any game is running smoothly on a 7 years old laptop.
The thing with the graphics card is weird though. I have a laptop with 2 cards, one thats pretty good and one for saving battery. If i run cultris on my 2gb geforce card, it lags like shit, whereas it runs almost perfectly on my shitty onboard intel card.
My 8 year old HP laptop runs cultris pretty ok, but it heats too much. I had a good run when I had it cleaned up from inside. I used to be faster there than at my current desktop.
What I do is remove all special effects (aero specially) and put a windows XP theme (yes, the old style one).
Yeah I'm just gonna have to get a new laptop.
I used to play on windows and JT gave me this tips :
Open the task manager and shut down every user application.
Shut down explore.exe.
It's pretty effective.
You should also try to unable/disable Vsync. It had various effects on cultris 1.
If you're using a mac, there's also a command that makes cultris use 1 core only. Dunno why but the game is smoother this way.
LOL you definitely can work with full screen and 640x480 resolution of graphics, thatt makes the game much smoother,
and that's why i do