My computer has had no problems at all running all sorts of games, as long as the graphics settings are set accordingly (generally med - high for most programs). I have played Counter Strike Source on it consistently since I built it, with no problems. Recently I have been running STALKER and C & C 3 flawlessly.
However, about 2 days ago I started to have problems with C & C 3. The game would be running fine for about 10 mins (from a fresh load) then all of a sudden it would slow to a crawl for about a minute, then it would just resume the normal speed. Right before it resumes a normal speed I can hear either the hard drive / processor finish up what sounds like some major crunching. This process will happen at 5 minute intervals or so.
The slowness will still occur when I esc to the in-game menu, but when I exit the game to the main menu (maps stats and stuff come up) the menus instantly snap-to at normal speed.
When I alt-tab to the desktop during a slowdown, the computer runs at full speed, and my asus monitor software shows the CPU is running at <5%, or some such small number, which seems odd considering I can hear the processor chugging away on something in C & C before speed resumes.
This did not occur in CSS at first, so I thought the problem was just with C & C. But then today it started in CSS as well. I will normally average about 80-100 fps. But now a similar problem as the C & C thing occurs: my fps will drop to 10 or lower for about a minute, the game stutters along, and then it will go back to normal. This will also happen at 5 minute or so intervals.
I have not tried STALKER since this occured so I do not know if it will be affected too. I suspect it will, it seems like a 3D rendering problem.
I did not make any hardware changes, or install any new software, immediately prior (or even many days prior) to this problem's origination.
I have done several (thorough) virus / adware scans, including Lavasoft adaware; trojan hunter (free trial, updated); trend micro online scan; and avg free, as well as a run of registry mechanic (free trial) and hijack this. All of the virus scans etc were done in safe mode.
A few minor trojans were deleted by both the hunter and trend micro scan. There was hardly any malware. The registry was a little messy, but there were no "priority" items. HijackThis shows nothing unusual.
I properly re-installed the updated NForce drivers (93.71).
I ran the directx diagnostics and everything was fine.
Also, temperatures are fine. I run at about 55c when graphics-intensive games are running.
I de-fragged my harddrive.
I ran a couple passes of MemTest.
I used msconfig and stopped all non-microsoft processes, this did not help.
I do not have any conflicts listed in the device manager. There are some shared IRQ's, including the graphics card. But I disabled the device sharing the card IRQ (some IDE driver that I dont use, i have all SATA) and it did not change anything.
All of my games are patched up to date.
None of these attempts have made any difference.
I have downloaded a bunch of updates for my mobo but have not had a chance to install them yet.
The Sob Story
Over the years I have had what seems like the full gamete of computer hardware and software problems, game bugs, you name it. I have not encountered this one before, and I do not know if I am missing something in terms of a diagnostic tool.
I figured that there was a program in the background hogging up CPU, but as I said, when I alt-tab, nothing unusual is happening.
Maybe my card is just crapping out?
I hope not; I am having some major surgery on tuesday, and my computer was going to be my stir-crazy preventative recovery life-line.
My games are unplayable!!!!
I greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this, as well as comment on it.
- Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe MoBo (Passive cooling)
- AMD 64 X2 Dual 3800+ (overclocked from 2.0 to
- NVidia GeForce 7600 GS
- 1 gig Kensington
- Win XP
Edited by TeflonDon, 27 May 2007 - 12:30 PM.