Game and dxdiag slowdown.

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Deji January 24, 2009 at 10:56:32
Specs: Windows XP, 1.20Ghz/768MB
GTA San Andreas has been playin up for a while now. But bizzarly only San Andreas (and the odd high tec game such as windows pinball?) I get slow motion sound and video.

Ever since I found out I had 256mb extra ram that wasn't properly plugged in and got a faster computer. I noticed that san andreas is acting slow. When the loading gets to the middle and onto the second splash screen, the game will go into slow-mo and the sound will go slow. Then it becomes normal and doesn't do it again until it hits the very end of the loading. This could be something to do with something it's tryna load for all I know... Because it does it exactly the same every time I play. The same time to load, the same time to slow down and at the same points of loading.

I know that it has nearly nothing to do with my PC, because higher quality games run fine! It has nothing to do with the ram because if I take it out, the game is still slow. I can run Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 on full quality for 3 hours before it starts to slow down, which is suprising since it used to run like crap before the extra 256 ram...

Also, Sony Vegas seems to slow down... But I think that's only when it tries to play any clips recorded of GTASA which has about 5fps because sanan runs so badly while fraps records. Yet all the rest of the time San Andreas actually runs pretty well. It only slows down sometimes when I'm driving/flying fast, I exit or enter buildings (fade problem perhaps?) or the game loads.

So I realy wanna find out how to fix this. I use nVidia and have edited the settings of SA via the nVidia settings and the game settings. Maybe there's something not right with the nvidia settings? If so, anyone know what I have to change? There could be a problem with files in San Andreas but I've reinstalled since and tested without mods.

The other annoying thing is that San Andreas don't slow my PC at all. In fact, my PC is runnin full speed. Maybe San Andreas isn't using enough resources from my pc? My PC goes way over San Andreas' reccommended requirements too...

Oh yeah, and the game slows down when the menu first appears and I move the mouse. It goes slowmo with the sound again as the cursor goes over the options...

Oh and another very important thing... When running the dxdiag tests, I find that when I get to the 3D tests... They act very slow some times and act normally others... The first text draw test works fine, the second slows a little when it is just about to hit the bottom edge and the 3d tests are all pretty slow (which is better than before, it used to make the cube go round extremely fast).

Any ideas? I really can't get it. My PC hasn't changed much except it was looked at (by me) and I removed the things that weren't being used and that were just slowing down the pc. Besides from that and the extra 256mb ram... Everythings the way it was.

Off the top of my head, PC hardware: 1.20 ghz amd athlon, 768mb ram, nvidia gfx 8000 or something...

Help me!! The only game I worship is the only game that's broke... And it doesn't make sense!

Since I copied and pasted that, this will seem out of context. I messed around with loads of settings to do with hardware accelleration. None of them fixed my problem. One setting even sped up the 3d test insainly! Very greatful if you could fix this. It even happens on simple games like pinball... But not on high-q games like RCT3? Weird...

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January 24, 2009 at 11:18:32
1.2GHz Athlon & 768MB are not good gaming specs. I assume this is an old socket A system? What make/model of motherboard? Did you try running the online scanner to get your system specs? It's on the "My" page.

"nvidia gfx 8000 or something..."

That's pretty useless info, there are numerous cards in the 8000 series...some are good, some absolutely suck for gaming.

Other than that, are your drivers up to date? Do you run regular spyware & virus scans? Do you use a cleaning program such as CCleaner Slim? Have you run MSCONFIG to disable useless programs from loading at startup? Defrag regularly?

If you wanna game with a system with specs like that, you should run as lean & clean as possible. Try this, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up Task Manager. Look at the lower left many processes? Just for an example, I have 37.

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January 24, 2009 at 11:30:20
Nah, the specs are fine. San Andreas reccommended are much lower than my specs plus, the game was working previously. Yes, I do all of that service and startup editing and my PC is as clean as it could ever be. I think the model was 8600 but I'm not sure. It's just a random 4-digit number to me.

Oh and I'm not overclocking my PC at all. Just in case that helps :D

But I really do think it's nothing to do with specs since it worked fine before. It used to work perfectly and I could run defragmentation, windows media player and gtasa before it even tried to slow down (I tweaked my PC to the limit).

The difference is that now, if I tried to do that. My PC wouldn't slow down. The defrag would work well and so would anything else running, but music and video would go into that slo-mo effect. It's not even the PC being slow according to logs of performance... It seems to be an actual slow motion as if it were an intended effect. It's just annoying. Especially since it happens mostly when nothing is happening. I can blow up tonnes of cars and the game breezes by. Yet when I turn a corner or make the game fade somehow, it slows down...

I manage to get my processes down to 15 or less. But even if I lower gta quality, the game performs EXACTLY the same!

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January 24, 2009 at 12:00:03
"Nah, the specs are fine"

They were fine 8 yrs or so ago when the Athlon 1.2GHz was 1st released. It's an antique by modern standards. But if you're happy with it, I guess it's all that matters.

The 8600 is considered an entry level gaming card, anything under that (8500, 8400 or lower) is not good. I'm sure it's bottlenecked by your system, especially if it's in a 4X AGP slot.

Since you feel certain it's not a hardware issue, it must be software related. What have you installed recently? And you didn't answer my questions about spyware/virus scans. Also, I kinda doubt your claim about having only 15 processes running...that would mean that you've turned off numerous system processes & services?

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January 25, 2009 at 09:21:59
"But I really do think it's nothing to do with specs since it worked fine before."

They were fine 2 months ago before the problem occured. And San Andreas' System Requirements haven't changed since I found it on the stores shelf and saw that my PC was capable of running it easily.

Even if San Andreas is set to the minimum quality and set to crappy 640 or w/e resolution and 16 bit color, it's slow in exactly the same way. And I'm pretty sure I mentioned this.

Spyware and Antivirus is AVG Free 8.0. The computers las scan returned good and I've got no internet connection on that computer.

System is CCleaned, defragged and Tune-uped everyday so it's in good working order and I have disabled all processes that I do not need such as printer spooler since I don't have a prineter. I think I mentioned that before aswell.

Before I 'End Process' on all the unneeded stuff, there are up to 20+ of them. I've also tried running SA with them enabled running.

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