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Computer Slowing Down Mid Game


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#1 Extursion

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 05:23 PM

      Over the past month I have noticed that my overall computer performance has plummeted. I play a fair amount of video games and have owned this computer for approximately 3 years or so (Yes I know it is approaching the end of its days and plan on buying a new system this summer). It first started with FPS loss in games of moderate graphical intensity ( I would rate the games between 6 and 8 on a scale from 1-10 of how intense their graphics were). It has since progressed to the entire system slowing down during a game, I say it is the entire system since it now included the graphical slow down for approximately 30 seconds like before and I have begun to notice that the sound of the game gets choppy and tin-ey when the game slows down. 

 

     I have tried re-installing my drivers and updating them as well as set my NVIDIA driver to the primary driver via the NVIDIA Control Panel. I have not noticed these issues when I am not playing games (IE browsing the Internet).

 

      My system has the following specs:

 - Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz

 - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M

 - 6GM DDR3 RAM

 - 750GB HHD

 

Any Ideas of what might be causing this or any diagnostic tests I should perform to help root out the problem?



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:13 PM

Browsing the internet is nowhere near as resource intensive as playing games.

 

Two immediate suspects come to mind. Your computer could be cluttered up with temporary files, and you could possibly be suffering mild overheating.

 

For the first I would suggest you download install and run Ccleaner by Piriform. This is an excellent utility for removing temporary files. Be warned that one tool built into Ccleaner is a registry cleaner. Please DO NOT use this aspect of it. Microsoft and BC do NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners. apart from that it is an excellent tool and you can download it for free from BC :-

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/ccleaner/

 

As for the other, if it is a desktop, take the side panel off and clean out any accumulation of dust, dirt and muck from fans and heatsinks. If you have to split the CPU heatsink off the CPU itself to clean the heat sink and the fan properly you will need to replace the thermal compound between the two before you remount them. Clean both surfaces thoroughly and apply a thin smear of compound to one face or the other before re-mounting the heatsink.

 

Having googled your video card, I see your computer must be a laptop !  If there is a panel on the bottom to access the fan, remove the panel and give the fan a good clean. Then blow out the cooling fins with a can of compressed air. If you can't access the fan short of a major tear down, then use the compressed air to blow out any loose dust and dirt but do your best to blow in the direction of the  normal airflow.

 

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:39 AM

At first, clean the fans properly and check the hardware. This problem mainly occurs due to the junk files got accumulated in the computer. Also it can be the problem of virus or malware. So, first clean the registry and all other crap files by using some good cleaner and scan your computer with an antivirus. Then, boot your computer in the safe mode.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:04 PM

So, first clean the registry and all other crap files by using some good cleaner and scan your computer with an antivirus. Then, boot your computer in the safe mode.


1)  Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".
Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.2)  What should Extursion do after booting into safe mode? Your statement fails to give any clear directions regarding this. A lot of things can be done in safe mode but unless you tell someone what to do while in safe mode they will only look at it and wonder "what do I do now?"

Safe mode or safe mode with networking should also be specified.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 05 February 2015 - 01:19 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:05 PM

Oh, i got ninjaed by queen-evie

 

This all sounds like a slowed down hard drive to me. Have you run any diagnostics on your HDD?


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:15 PM

Oh, i got ninjaed by queen-evie

 

This all sounds like a slowed down hard drive to me. Have you run any diagnostics on your HDD?

Not yet-  which ones should I run? 

 

 

I also used the Ccleaner and did not clean my registry. I haven't tested the computer speed yet since I've been a bit busy. 



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:28 PM

At first, clean the fans properly and check the hardware.


You also did not say WHAT hardware to check and HOW to check it.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 07:52 PM

Update:

 

After running CCleaner one of the games ran flawlessly- I still would like to check my HDD and clean the fans with compressed air as suggested- I could probably figure out the latter but as for the first one- what/where can I get HDD diagnostics?



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 08:19 PM

- Run the build-in "Disk Clean up" tool and select also the "Clean system files" option. It can increase free disk space by a GIANT amount (GBs !!!)

- Delete the subfolder called "C:\SoftwareDistribution\Download" and the folders with "Temporary Internet files" with Ccleaner.

- Regularly run Ccleaner.

- Run the build-in "Disk defragmentation" program (regularly).

All these things are part of "computermaintenance" which needs to be done regularly.

 

- The fact that your system slows down in the middle of a game suggests that memory usage management of those games is "lousy". Install PcWintech's Cleanmem. It reduces memory usage every 15 minutes and let the program collapse the filecache as well. Reducing memory usage means that your system needs to access the HDD less and that increases overall system performance.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 08:25 PM

- Run the build-in "Disk Clean up" tool and select also the "Clean system files" option. It can increase free disk space by a GIANT amount (GBs !!!)
- Delete the subfolder called "C:\SoftwareDistribution\Download" and the folders with "Temporary Internet files" with Ccleaner.
- Regularly run Ccleaner.
- Run the build-in "Disk defragmentation" program (regularly).
All these things are part of "computermaintenance" which needs to be done regularly.
 
- The fact that your system slows down in the middle of a game suggests that memory usage management of those games is "lousy". Install PcWintech's Cleanmem. It reduces memory usage every 15 minutes and let the program collapse the filecache as well. Reducing memory usage means that your system needs to access the HDD less and that increases overall system performance.


Running the "cleanmgr.exe" (Disk Clean-up) is quite useless if you run CCleaner, since it'll cover what that utility is supposed to delete. Both Disk Clean-up and CCleaner will take care of the C:\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder, as well as the Temporary Internet Files folders as well, so no need to do it manually. You don't have to defragment your hard drive regulary actually, only when it reaches a certain level of fragmentation. And on top of that you should never defragment your SSD. Also, I can see a few issues that Cleanmem could cause. That program isn't really needed to be honest, if you really, really need to clean your cached memory for some reason, you can do it with one batch command.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 03:22 AM

@Aura: I don't agree with every point you make.

- By default Ccleaner does not take care of cleaning "C:\SoftwareDistribution". Disk Clean Up does not delete the content of that folder at all. Did you never take a good look at what the tool deletes ? A lot of people are unaware of this folder and how this folder over time grows & grows with every Windows Update.

- But Cleanmem doesn't reduce the "Standby" (=cache) part of the memory. The cache growing is actually a good thing and reducing memory usage allows "Standby" to grow even more.

- A lot of people also don't know that one can configure IE to delete all the temporary files when the program closes.

 

- Another suggestion: Optimize the HDD & defragment the pagefile.



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:04 AM

Would you mind providing us with a Speccy snapshot?


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