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How to improve FPS with software?

By OldPcNoMoney
Feb 20, 2011
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  1. I'm new at this forum thingy so please be patient if i'm not perfect.

    Okey, so my problem: I have an old computer, and i like to play games. You might already se my problem here, but is there any way at all i can improve my FPS and gaming experiance through software?? I'm not the brightest person with computers but i'm certanly not the dumbest either. So if anyone have any clues at all. Please help =)

    CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) processor 64 3500+
    Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
    (not that i know what these numbers are for)

    (Quick replies will be appreciated since I'm heading for a big LAN this wednesday)
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    This will test your existing system. Download the free edition build 1.3.0 (the third one down the page) the post back the results. Have you tried reducing the resolution?

    http://www.futuremark.com/download/

    Please add what RAM you have.
     
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    My quick answer to your specific question about software, is that I’ve heard of Gamebooster. However, I haven’t tried it and moreover I don’t expect it to perform miracles, but it’s free.

    http://games.softpedia.com/get/Tools/Game-Booster.shtml

    If you are prepared to take direct action yourself, you can do the following:

    Shut down all background programs while gaming.

    Reduce screen resolution.

    In the advanced controls of your graphics driver there should be a slider that goes from performance to quality. Set it towards max performance.

    Update your graphics card driver to the latest version which is often faster.
     
  4. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I downloaded the 3. thingy on the page, and i got 3DMark05 Free Edition.. i dont really understand much of it tho.

    1GB RAM
     
  5. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I do that already. (You se my computer is quite bad) I really miss out allot when on LAN's while they play games who needs better computer than mine. Still i run Leage Of Legends (the game i usually play on LAN) on 04-31 FPS its very annoing that it is so unstable. usually around 20 but it goes many times down to 15 and 10 and the when my computer's pleased it goes up to 30 (very few times)

    I have not tried the link thingy still tho. I'm going to check it out when i have time, right now i'm trying the other link the prev guy sendt me
     
  6. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Processor
    ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 3500+
    Processor clock2101 MHz
    Physical / logical processors1 / 1
    # of cores1
    Graphics Card
    Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
    # of cards1
    SLI / CrossFire Off
    Memory0 MB
    Core clock0 MHz
    Memory clock0 MHz
    Driver nameNVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
    Driver version6.14.12.6658
    Driver status FM Approved
    General
    Operating system32-bit Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600)
    MotherboardASUSTek Computer INC. NODUSM3
    Memory1024 MB
    Module 1
    512 MB Micron Technology DDR2 @ 266 MHz
    Module 2
    512 MB Micron Technology DDR2 @ 266 MHz
    Detailed scores
    3DMark Score1547.0 3DMarks
    GT1 - Return To Proxycon7.26 FPS
    GT2 - Firefly Forest4.98 FPS
    GT3 - Canyon Flight6.56 FPS
    CPU Score3707.0 CPUMarks
    CPU Test 11.86 FPS
    CPU Test 23.28 FPS
    Fill Rate - Single-TexturingN/A
    Fill Rate - Multi-TexturingN/A
    Pixel ShaderN/A
    Vertex Shader - SimpleN/A
    Vertex Shader - ComplexN/A
    8 TrianglesN/A
    32 TrianglesN/A
    128 TrianglesN/A
    512 TrianglesN/A
    2048 TrianglesN/A
    32768 TrianglesN/A
    Settings
    Default settings used Yes
    Width1024
    Height768
    Anti-AliasingNone
    Texture FilteringOptimal
    VS Profile3_0
    PS Profile3_0
    Force Full PrecisionNo
    Disable DSTNo
    Disable Post-ProcessingNo
    Force Software Vertex ShaderNo
    Color MipmapsNo
    Repeat TestsOff
    Fixed FramerateOff

    Results after the 3DMark test

    While watching the FPS was highest at the first movie it crawled itself to 10 FPS 1 time, the rest of the time it was fram 1-6 basicly
     
  7. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    I think your main problem here is with the amount of RAM at only 1GB. You could consider upgrading to 3 or 4GB to increase performance. XP supports to a max of 4GB so any more would be of no use.

    If you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del during a game the task manager will most likely show that your RAM is at max.
     
  8. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sounds easy enough, how much for 1 gb ca? Do i have to watch out for different types of RAM cards?
    You say xp only can have 4 gb, wahts the reason? also i have 4 slots alongside eachother 2 are blue (where i got my present RAM cards) and 2 are black. Is there any difference ?
     
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    A ram upgrade won't do much. You couldn't even max HL2 EP1 on a system like his. Not to be insulting.

    A full upgrade would be the only way to get good gaming performance. Gamebooster is garbage.
     
  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    You would need to refer to your mobo specifications or just get a stick that matches the existing one. And yes there are different types. I have no idea how much it will cost in your country.
     
  11. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey i have actually played through HL 2 :D xD and i've played Crysis on this system ( abit problematick with smoke) but else i actually enjoed it. But later on the thing have just started to fail more and more
     
     
  12. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    just to go a little "off topic" while i got you here, does anyone know why my graphic card is failing? The problem is that if i want to change resolution i always have to rebot my computer, and sometimes if i change the resolution in game the resolution will sometimes be the same after i've ended the game... Failiour computer xD

    Still if anoyone know good answers to enhance FPS i'm glad for replies
     
  13. OldPcNoMoney

    OldPcNoMoney TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Now i got 1 gb more ram and the game runs at 30 fps more or less all the time, thanks for your help =)
     
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,552   +97

     
  15. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    :DGlad to hear that extra 1GB did the trick.
     


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