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Large Processes Slowing Down?


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#1 forged

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 10:01 PM

Hey guys... I just reformated my laptop with windows XP Professional, and I'm having some problems...

All LARGE processes slow down as time goes on... runescape, C&C Generals, the sims 2, roller coaster tycoon 3, they ALL slow down to a crawl as time goes by.

This happens as what I like to call it "Frames per second", my FPS goes to maybe 3, then bounces back to full speed. The increments of time in which this happens slowly shrinks.

Example: The game or large process will run fine for maybe 3 minutes, then you will get a "lag spike" of 3 FPS between 2-5 seconds. Then it will bounce back, 2 minutes will go by and it will happen again, 1 minute will go by, then 30 seconds, then 10 seconds. Until its about every 5 seconds, that is when I become frustrated and close the program.

I have a very decent system, that has recommended specs for all these games:
2.8ghz intel pentium 4
512 DDR-SDRAM (two 256 sticks)
64 Graphics card (Which I dont think is causing the problem, worked fine before the reformat)

The model is an Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop

Please help, Ive tried everything... spyware doctor, PC-Cillin, disk defragging, my registry is fine.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 08:50 AM

Did you install the motherboard/chipset drivers and all the other drivers for the system after reinstalling XP?

A quick check in Device Manager should let you know. Go to Start...Run...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. If you see red x's and/or yellow !'s - you'll need to install the drivers to get the performance back up.

The reason for this is that Windows uses it's default drivers when it first installs. And while they work, they don't work well for more advanced features (because the Windows drivers are more interested in compatibility than they are with performance).
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 12:55 PM

I would also, in addition to Usasma's good advice about drivers, check to see what applications may be running in the background that could be using computer resources needed by the games. Unless you are playing on-line, be sure to kill your firewall and AV, etc.
Also be sure you have installed any patches for the games themselves.
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:11 PM

I have the chipset driver and all drivers uptodate. So that isnt an issue, and ive tried disabling my real-time virus protector, firewalls, ect...

any other ideas? :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:55 AM

I'd have to suggest these free utilities to monitor the processes for the exact source of the problem:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...essmonitor.mspx
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