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Problem with playing games on my computer

By findinggrace
May 25, 2005
  1. Alright,
    well i've been looking all around for an answer to my problem but i havne't found anything
    So i figured i'd just post it

    When i play games on my computer (specs below) i get an odd Video problem
    What happens is that during play the video appears to suddenly stop for like a quarter of a second (just enough for me to notice or even to mess me up)
    I get this in all my games (Doom 3 and Tony Hawk Underground 2 are big ones to name)
    It's extremely annoying and i feel like i've done everything i could think of
    I know it's not the FPS (thats frames per second) is good because i have ATI Tray Tool showing the FPS on screen
    I've adjusted the hell out of the PCI latency for the video card and otehr devices
    I've defragged the computer
    i cleaned up
    I even ran a clean install to see if that would work
    NOTHING!
    as you can see from my specs i have a decent computer to play Doom 3 (and obviously THUG2)

    Any thoughts?

    my specs are:
    ASUS A7N8X 2.0 Deluxe
    AMD Athlon XP 3200+
    ATI All in Wonder 9800 PRO
    I use the NVIDIA SoundStorm to run my audio (and don't blame that thing...it's an awesome soundcard even when compared to Audigy 2)
     
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    What your having is called "dropped frames". Its usually caused by a process or program running in the backgroud. I solved that problem by creating a seperate partition just for gaming. I have all the extra background crap turned off. I can play Half Life 2 at 1600x1200 and get an extra 200 points on 3Dmark 03.
     
  3. findinggrace

    findinggrace TS Rookie Topic Starter

    actually, it appears that i didn't defrag the drive with the games on it
    how silly of me
    it "seems" the problem has went away
    if it doesn't i'll post here again

    EDIT

    I have been thinking of doing that kind of thing with having my own partition
    if i still get some problems i'll likely do that
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    agree. Some games like domm 3 are very resource intensive. They suck all the processing power. Your CPU gets bogged down.

    It will be interesting to see how the multi-die chips that are coming out will improve multi-tasking.
     
  5. findinggrace

    findinggrace TS Rookie Topic Starter

    alright
    so i created a seperate partition for gaming which has practically no background programs
    it uses 112MB of RAM idle (compared to 190MB in the usual partition)
    so that has to help a ton
    but i still get dropped frames here and there (very minor though)
    any ideas on what would speed up windows

    i've shut off a ton of services and used TuneXP 1.5 to tune my computer already
    and i defragged everything just in case
    still i get a very minor problem
    so ya
    ideas would be wonderful
     
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    How much system memory do you have? 512mb is the bare minimum Id go with but RAM is so cheap a gig will help alot. What resolutions are you playing at?
    Are you using the latest motherboard drivers?
     
  7. findinggrace

    findinggrace TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have 1gig of Corsair TwinX memory
    i have the latest Motherboard Bios
    and i'm playing doom 3 at 800x600 at High Quality
    also i have the Graphics Apature size in my bios to 512 (since AGP cards have direct access to RAM and i have fast RAM i didn't think this would slow things down)
    as i said it's minor drops
    and the only time i've really noticed it was in the beginning movie where the guys are looking outside and the ship comes by
    others it's been just too minor to really tell
     
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