Another low FPS thread...

August 9, 2009 at 23:57:44
Specs: Windows XP

I've been playing WoW for about 2 years now, my FPS was usually decent. I moved recently and had trouble finding a decent ISP so I haven't played in a couple months, decided to start playing again but now I can't really raid. I've tried other games, even Maplestory is giving me some problems & The Sims 3 is just as bad as WoW... unplayable. =/

I get 1-5 FPS in Naxx and major cities, max 15 FPS everywhere else... even after ALL my settings are on minimum & I play in window mode. My FPS wasn't that bad while I was questing, it used to reach ~30+.
I turned off my computer the other day, turned it back on and now my game is unplayable. :/
It's not an addon, I disabled all and tried logging in but it didn't help anything. I also uninstalled and reinstalled the game, that didn't help either. I just replaced my power supply in April along with the graphics card.
A friend suggested that I clean my registry so I did, and then I defragmented and put my computer settings all to performance, tried tweaking my graphics card, updating the driver... nothing really helped much. Just recently I thought maybe my older smaller monitor might help abit so i plugged that in instead of my huge flatscreen & the FPS was going up and down >_> sometimes it'd be ~50 and then it'd drop to 7. Is there anything else i can do? Something that might make a bigger difference... I really can't afford a whole new comp. >_>

I dunno much about computers so I'm not sure which system info you need, but here ...

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM

Graphics Junk is a NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Approx. Total Memory: 512.0 MB

Thanks. :)


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#1
August 10, 2009 at 11:24:33

well you're right, the graphics card is pretty weak. I'd say it was your problem except that you said you were working fine before you moved.

ISP usually has little to do with FPS, and low FPS and network lag usually look different in games anyway (to be sure, have you checked out your FPS in single player non-network games?).

The only clue I see is that you mentioned you moved. Perhaps internal components got jostled while your tower got carried and driven around? Have you ever been inside your PC before? It might be worth re-seating your Video Card and RAM.

There's any number of things that can result in low FPS, like startup programs/processes., but the real mystery is when something randomly changes suddenly, which is where i'm stumped.


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#2
August 10, 2009 at 14:25:04

I've only checked my fps in The Sims 3, which worked perfectly fine before my internet got hooked up.

I've got a new symptom now though. I fell asleep with my PC on last night & when i woke up the light was on but it wasn't responding to anything, thought it was hibernating but when I moved the mouse or hit an arrow key on the keyboard nothing started back up... Could it be the powersource?

It's a 400watt, if that matters. Could using the wrong cord for the powersource be causing these problems? I''ve got 2 computers. Ones really old, but still useful & I frequently mix up which cords go to which.

I've checked the internal stuff and everything looks similar to what it did before.


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#3
August 13, 2009 at 14:04:24

I highly doubt its the power source. What is sounds like to me
is that your a little low on RAM and the way your system is
using it is ineffective. The reason I say that is because you
said it was working fine before. The reason for that is likely
because you installed more programs and your computer is
absorbing too much memory. Start ->Run msconfig and go to
the processes tab. Look up anything that you don't need and
uncheck them. Critical windows processes won't be listed so
you can be guaranteed safety. Even if the start up shows
programs that you use, a lot of times programs run
unnecessary processes on the startup that slow you down.
The only processes I would leave are like audio and virus
protection processes.

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