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Input Lag on many computers Running Windows XP


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#1 Theta Epsilon

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:25 PM

Hi everyone!

I seem to be having a problem with input in certain programs (Games, DOS Programs) that I never had before.

Recently at my house I decided to format all my computers as I finished Highschool and I wanted my PC and Laptop reinstalled so I could start Fresh for College.

Unfortunately, I've been having massive problems with Input lag since the reinstall :thumbsup: I don't know what exactly causes it. The last time though I played some of the games in question (Quake 1, a few DOS games, and a few other programs) there was no Input lag but I did not have SP3 as it was not around the last time I used any of these, I just mearly was testing them the past few weeks to ensure I had them installed.

The DOS problem is Easy to fix, I have DOS Box which is great. But other things I get lag from, I don't get Lag from Office 2007 or typing on Firefox, just in some programs. I've turn up repeat rates, mouse speeds, everything I can think of. I've Scanned with Esets NOD32 and MalwareBytes with the latest Updates, I've tried different Mice, Keyboards, and even another computer (My laptop) and I can't find the source as to what is causing it. I don't think it's a hardware issue as I find it hard to believe that both my PC and my Laptop have the exact same issues.

On my Brothers Computer (SP2) they all work fine.

I need help badly with this, this lag is driving me up walls. I appreciate any help anyone can give me.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:01 PM

After you did the format and reinstall did you then load all the hardware drivers?
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:14 AM

Yes.

I also have tried it on a Vanilla Installation of Windows XP SP2 and the lag problems do not exist.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 04:34 PM

Have you tried using the Program Compatibility Wizard?
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:37 PM

No, I had completely forgot about that. :thumbsup:

I gave it a shot with Windows 2000 as the Compatibility mode and that works fine and solves all the programs with issues I've tried so far. Just a bit strange that SP3 causes input lag :flowers:

Thank you!

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:39 PM

I've heard that SP3 doesn't work well with some older games.
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Posted 06 August 2009 - 06:34 PM

Well, it looks like this problem wasn't fixed. The Compatibility mode works on a few, but not all programs.

Oddly enough, I do remember using some programs and games that do not work suddenly on SP3 with no problems not even 4 months ago.

I do not think it's a virus either (It could be) I've scanned with both NOD32 and Malwarebytes and they've returned nothing.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 07:02 PM

Which programs are you having problems with?
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:25 AM

I had a similar problem on my computer and it was with all programs; games, typing, internet browsing you name it, the lag was there!
I noticed it after I had removed malware from my computer. Apparently (according to some computer gurus I talked to) the removal of the malware damaged the OS and they told me the only fix is to reformat. I did so just recently, installed all the drivers and utilities, even updated to SP3 and the lag is completely gone.
Hope this helps!




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