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#1 Mastermaniac117

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:19 PM

I recently had malware trouble thanks to my shared wireless connection (which dies today), and thanks to a very helpful member of this great community, the problem has been mostly taken care of. However, since then I've been having trouble running most of my games. In games that usually have very stable framerates, like Oblivion and Homeworld 2, there has developed a weird kind of jerkiness. For no apparent reason, the games chop constantly, yet, strangely, the framerate itself seems unaffected. It's kind of like something big is running in the background, or something.


What's really frustrating is that these games ran smooth as butter prior to all this malware nonsense. If anyone knows what's going on, I'd love their insights on this.

My specs are as follows:

Windows XP Professional SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ ~2.5 Ghz.
1 GB RAM
ATI Radeon X1650 Pro 512MB PCIe

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:53 PM

well if you think something is running in the background....

start the game and while it is chugging along hold down alt and then tab

this will bring you to the desktop

once there go to task manager (or hit ctrl+shift+esc) and see what is using up all your RAM\CPU)

If nothing is there you might be having a problem with the graphics card. I have a bad standing with ATI cards because the fans clog and and die fairly often which of course fries the chips and the card in the process.

hope this helps

#3 Mastermaniac117

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:48 AM

Thanks. I was kind of worried that it might be the card, too. But I just got off an hours-long session with the original Operation Flashpoint and had no problems at all. Maybe I'll try reinstalling Oblivion, sans all those add-ons I've let pile on.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 06:29 AM

Actually, most games work okay. After playing through each of them, I now see that it's really only Oblivion that exhibits the problem. Now that I think of it, maybe Homeworld 2 had a bad frame rate from the beginning. Anyway, I tried uninstalling and then reinstalling Oblivion to see if a fresh start would solve the issue, but to no avail. And since all my characters relied on a ton of add-on content, I lost them all for nothing. :thumbsup:

I did notice that the game runs normally with the resolution set to 640 x 480, but c'mon, give me a break. I had it running at 1024 x 768 at 40 - 50 fps before. Man, I'm just about ready to toss this computer in the trash.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:38 PM

Have you tried as Prometheus suggested and checked if you have any memory or processor intensive applications running in the background?

Have you reinstalled the latest graphics driver from ati.com?
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:11 AM

Thanks. I guess I could try reinstalling the drivers. Weird thing is, though, I don't have a problem in clean boot mode. I'd say that means there is something running in the background, dragging the system down. I'd just keep the system in clean boot mode all the time if I knew Windows could handle running in such an environment.

Btw, lol at the quote in your sig. That was a good laugh.

Edited by Mastermaniac117, 30 March 2009 - 08:13 AM.





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