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Games Running Slow On Upgraded System

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#1 upspete


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Posted 23 February 2006 - 12:09 AM

I rebuilt my nephew's pc and it runs games very slowly. They take a very long time to load and they stutter during game play so bad the games are unplayable. I've tried the ati drivers that came with the card, the most recent ones from the ati website and older 5.8 drivers (thoroughly removing the previous ones before installing different ones), but they make no difference. I've set the graphics levels and resolutions in the games very high and very low. I reinstalled windows. I've scanned for spyware and viruses, and defragged. I stop background programs before I run the games. I've tried SWAT 4, COD2 and NFS:Most Wanted Demo, all with similarly poor results. I played around with the agp aperature setting and I tried setting agp to 4x as someone in a different post suggested, all to no avail. I know the specs on this pc aren't stellar but it doesn't seem to matter whether I have the games graphic settings very low or not, it still stutters. I also have 2 other machines with lower specs than this one and I can get them to run these games without a problem. Another thing I noticed was the pc takes a very long time to do things like load the desktop after windows loads and shutting down. It also takes a long time to become usable after I quit a game. The hdd led stays on bright and it just chugs away for 3-4 full minutes, unable to do anything until it finishes whatever it is it's doing. I would really appreciate any ideas. Thanks

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 12:19 AM

Virus scan? Defrag? I don't know that shouldn't be happening at all with a system like that.
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 12:45 AM

Do you have many programs installed? How Old is the HDD? Have you Tested the Memory? What are the specs that the game requires? is Antivirus running in the background?

This is all important information to know

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 11:58 PM

Well, it looks like it was the ram. I swapped in the ram from a different pc and it's running fine. Thanks to everyone for your help. I only wish I had tried the ram swap sooner but it's a pain in the neck getting my tower out from under my desk. Turns out that would have been the easiest thing to do.

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