Oblivion Combat Lag - Please Help

By River01
Nov 16, 2006
  1. Heres my issue- When playing Oblivion, everytime a combat sequence is about to begin (an enemy enters the screen), my game gets very choppy/ laggy. I have looked all over the web for a solution, but havent found any yet. The problem is occuring in the underground cave areas of the beginning of the game, as I have not had a chance to get past that yet due to unplayable lag at key moments.

    My specs are as follows:

    Dell Dimension 9150
    Pentium Dual Core Processor 2.8GHz
    XFX Nvidia 7600GT 256MB PCI-E
    1GB Stock RAM (I believe the brand is ProMos)
    Creative Audigy 4 Sound Card
    ****ty Dell 15" LCD Analog Monitor (which probably wont effect game performance, but I want to make sure I list everything)

    Thanks in advance for any and all help regarding this matter!

    Oh and the RAM is DDR2 533MHz... Thanks!
  2. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TS Maniac Posts: 403

    It's not your cpu, mobo or RAM. Oblivion is a system hog and even the high end machines will suffer from some lag with this game. You could up your RAM to 2 gigs (2sticks of 1024), but that will only help out a little. You could try to lower your system settings, but that really won't compensate too much for the lag.
  3. River01

    River01 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response... I think I'm going to throw in another gig of RAM as suggested. Right now the game has the settings at medium because it didnt recognize my card. Typically I wouldnt mind a bit of lag, but this lag comes right when combat is taking place (aka the worst possible time :) ).

    I'm starting to wonder if it possibly has to do with the fact that I'm running it off my harddrive, but its on a SATA II 80GB drive, so I couldnt imagine it being an issue. Also, my friend is running it the same way without any issues.
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

  5. River01

    River01 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the link. That site is pretty nice!

    I passed for everything, so RAM seems to be the only option.
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Good luck River... make sure you get the same RAM as the others because if you mix diffrent types your computer can BLOW UP! :hotbounce

    ( I dont know if it really would blow up but it will make your computer not run ;) )
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    That happens to me in Oblivion too. It's fine (25FPS +) al the time with all high settings except when I'm in combat. Then it goes down to about 8FPS. The only thing I have been able to do to combat this is instead of playing it fullscreen 1280x1024, I play it at widescreen 960x600 which gives me about 55FPS constant and about 35 in combat.
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Yeah my resolution on some games like WoW are 1280x780 ( or something like that ) so I get pretty good FPS
  9. River01

    River01 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hehe thanks, I wouldnt want my PC blowing up on me! :haha:
  10. River01

    River01 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah its real strange, this is the only game I have experienced a problem like this with. I just ordered another gig of ram so I'll let you guys know if that helps at all.
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    How much RAM did you get River? Oblivion is minimal ( not in system requirements but for enjoyment of the game ) is atleast 1.5-2gig of RAM, Anything befor that would be quite laggy and kinda annoying :(

    Hope your system runs Oblivion great, If you have any questions on games and building a gaming system just send me a private message ;)
  12. River01

    River01 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I got another gig of ram giving me 2gigs total. Taking forever to arrive tho (got it on ebay, b/c I'm cheap :haha: )

    Thanks for all your help TimeParadoX! Its always great to find nice people on boards :)
  13. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    You're welcome River01! ;)

    If you have any more problems just post in this topic or make a new one :D
  14. ChrisH78

    ChrisH78 TS Rookie

    After a long, long time without playing I decided to inmerse myself into oblivion again to find out that I have similar lag problems, lags when an enemy enters the screen and when an enemy dies.
    When I played this game in the past everything was perfect.
    I tried everything, graphic settings, clean boots etc, untill someone reminded me that when your graphic cards udates it doesn't uodates your codecs and that can create conflicts.
    Well a reinstall of all my codecs solved this problem and now the game is running smoothly.
    If you are having the same problem as I had but don't know how to manage the codecs I recomend u install K-lite codec package. And hopefully that will solve your problem aswell :D
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