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Problem with games

By sparkdex
Feb 19, 2009
  1. Ive had this problem for along time, any game i play from age of empires that came out like 10 years ago to left 4 dead recently. At like a random point in the game the fps will just drop from like 40 to 3 or some low number for a few minutes then goes back to normal then it gradually gets worse till i cant play.
    I dont think its a malware problem as i have reformatted many time but the problems still persist even after reinstalling windows and updating all drivers, i thought it could be my graphics card overheating so i put in another fan and while playing a game it goes up to 60 celsius which seems ok.
    My pc specs are :
    Windows XP SP3
    AMD athlon 64 processor 4000+ 2.4 ghz
    1gb ram
    Nvidia geforce 9600gt
    Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I suspect you do not have enough RAM... or your hard drive does not have enough free space.
    But you might want to try the 8-Steps program found here on TechSpot to look for possible infestations.
     
  3. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    yeah thats what i thought but games lag when they only require like 50 mb ram and i have 70gb left on my hard drive so i dont think its that.
    I dont think its a malware infection as the pc that has the problem isnt connected to the internet right now and ive just reformated it again.
     
  4. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Bump
    Please help anyone?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Could be your AV program. Have you tried disabling it?
     
  6. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    yeah i tried that too :(
     
  7. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Bump
    Anyone?
     
  8. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Cmon can anyone help me?
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    For older games that were published before Windows XP came out, if you are having trouble with them, change the compatibility mode to an older Windows version such as Windows 98 or NT.

    There are a couple of ways to change the mode. One way is to right click on the game icon or the game .exe file, select Properties and click on the Compatibility tab. The rest you should be able to figure out. The second way is to use the Program Compatibility Wizard under Accessories under All Programs in the Start menu. The advantage of the Wizard is that you can try running the game under different compatibility modes within the Wizard without leaving it. When you find a satisfactory mode, set it and you're done.
     
  10. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Yeah ive tried that too, but its not just old games its ALL games, new and old.
     
  11. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    cmon any help?
     
  12. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Bump
    any ideas?
    I have also updated my drivers and installed updates and the problems still there
     
  13. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 498

    hey sparkdex

    Sounds like a graphics card issue to me. Try taking out the card and letting the comp run on on-board graphics. The older games should still run even without a card installed. Check if the problem persists. If it does, it might be a CPU or a heatsink issue and not a graphics card one. Is your graphics card compatible with your motherboard too?

    Spyder_1386 :)
     
  14. sparkdex

    sparkdex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Thanks ill try that, and yeah it is compatible.
     
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