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Etherlords II framerate problem

By TheBlackVeil
Aug 22, 2006
  1. ..why I'd have problems running Etherlords II, a game with the following specs:

    Recommended:
    • PC, Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, DirectX 8.1 or higher
    • 1.0 GHz Pentium III / Athlon
    • 256 MB RAM
    • 32 MB 3D videocard GeForce FX / Radeon 9700
    • 2 GB hard disk space

    I, myself, am running on Windows XP, DirectX 9.0c,
    2.4 GHz AMD Athlon Processor,
    1GB RAM, 256 MB GeForce 7800 GS, and over 80 GB of free disk space.

    In-game, the only time the game runs smoothly is during "combat". During exploration, though, the framerate drops horribly.

    I'm using the latest DNA Drivers, by the by.

    Any help?
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I'm not familiar with the game but have you checked if you're running out of memory?

    In addition, use proper thread titles in the future or the threads will get deleted.
     
  3. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    How might I go about checking if I'm running outta' memory? The Memory usage thing?

    Thanks for telling me about the titling, also.
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You could check the memory usage with Task Manager (ctrl+shift+esc, right-click on taskbar, or ctrl+alt+del and select it).
     
  5. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Okay, I ran MemTest. RAM's fine.

    I checked the Task Manager but I'm getting a weird window for that -- no tabs, just the task managing part. And the only way to close it is by right clicking the icon that comes up in the tray at the bottom right of the monitor.

    I've got the latest drivers from nVidia, now, rather than the latest DNA Drivers.

    What else ought I check?
     
  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Your GPU tempature, and if your fan and everything is working, try using integrated graphics, and if the problem is less than with your graphics card, your grahics card is shot or something is wrong with it.
     
  7. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I honestly don't know how t o switch to "integrated graphics". Any thread with directions I could view?

    Edit: Is that just taking out the video card and letting the computer run it minus a card?
     
  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Did your computer come with integrated graphics, or that graphics card, and on the back of your computer is there a Monitor Port NOT on the graphics card?
     
  9. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    My computer actually came with an older nVidia graphics card, I just bought this one two or three months ago(unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to play using it, so if these problems were there from the day it shipped in I'm only just now seeing them. This means I'm screwed out of several hundred dollars if my card is bad. =( ).

    As to the monitor port..

    It's on the video card.
     
  10. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I'll list to you all the symptoms of my gaming:

    Rectangles of varied lengths that are either white or tan.
    Frame-rate issues in games that shouldn't have them, but no issues with framerate in games that I might expect to have them, even when maxxed out.
    Random distortion of graphics, mostly in Dawn of War -- if I'm not completely zoomed in some of the buildings' textures will be completely distorted.
     
  11. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Did you ever overclock this card?
     
  12. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

  13. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I haven't checked for the latest chipset or BIOS for my motherboard, so I'm going to check those and see if that solves. If you've got any more info' on what I could check, F1N35T, let me know. I appreciate your help.
     
  14. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Oohhh

    Sounds like your card is overheating.

    Might possibly be due to a bad PSU(which I'm assuming since you upgraded a weaker system).

    Check your PSU make and wattage, then post it here along with the amps on the +12V Rail.
     
  15. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I upgraded my PSU when I got the new card.

    Here's the PSU I got:

    XClio
    Goodpower X1254P2 500W

    The numbers are
    +5V +12V1 +12V2 +3.3V -12V +5Vab
    28A 16A 17A 30A 0.3A 3.0A
     
  16. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Hm..

    I just found this:

    Minimum System Requirements

    >> CPU with processor speed of 700MHz or higher
    >> 128MB of RAM
    >> CD or DVD-ROM drive
    >> An available AGP 2.0 slot or higher
    >> 35MB available hard disk space
    (50MB for full installation)
    >> Microsoft® Windows® 98, ME, 2000, XP, NT4.0 with service pack 5 or 6
    >> A minimum 400W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 20A or more)

    That last line... I'm guessing the numbers I posted on my last post should read +12V
    20a

    ..right? =/
     
  17. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Check if your card is overheating. Right in the middle of full load gaming, check your graphics card temperature with some program (such as Ever Home Edition [recommened], SpeedFan[not recommended, it doesn't lable its temps :p], etc.). Report what it is.

    EDIT: No, you are fine with the powersupply. 16+17 > 20.
     
  18. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    agi_shi, could you post a link to Ever Home Edition? All I have is SpeedFan, so I'll try with it, first.
     
  19. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    According to SpeedFan, my Temps at "idle" are as follows

    Temp1: 35C
    Temp2: 39C
    Temp3: -1C
    Temp4: 25C
    Temp1: 41C
    Temp: -1C
    Temp: 39C
    HD0: 38C

    CPU Usage hovers around 1.2% - 2.4% while idle.

    And while running Dawn of War: Winter Assault at the menu:

    Temp1: 105C when the game-screen's on, 35C when I Alt+TAB
    Temp2: 41C
    Temp3: -1C
    Temp4: 25C
    Temp1: 46C
    Temp: -1C
    Temp: 41C
    HD0: 37C

    It says CPU Usage is at 100.0%.
     
  20. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    105C that is more than what it takes to boil water O.o
     
  21. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Now it's not reading 105C at all.
     
  22. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Okay. ASUS Probe. Fun program. According to it, with the games I'm wanting to run running, I'm not over-heating or using more than 50% of my memory.

    However, it did pop up randomly on the Fans tab.
     
  23. TheBlackVeil

    TheBlackVeil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Okay. ASUS Probe has its own temp. monitoring stuff.

    Here's what ASUS Probe is saying:

    CPU Temp: 41 C / 105 F
    MB Temp: 33 C / 91 F
    CPU Fan: 3835
    Power Fan: 0 Monitor Paused!'
    Chassis Fan: 2481
    +12V: 12.416
    +5V: 4.838
    +3.3V: 3.28
    VCore: 1.68
     
  24. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Triple post, thats not good lol.
     
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