Games suffocating all of sudden

August 15, 2009 at 18:02:06
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey all,

I'm having some difficulties with gamin lately. Everything worked perfect until week ago when "suffocating" started. F.e. Call of Duty 4 is working flawlessly with 150-240 FPS. Nothing was the problem. Now I have the same FPS amount, but the game "swallows" 10 FPS every 2 seconds. Let me show you on my graph how it looks like (let - be a flawless gaming, and | swallowing, suffocating) -------|--------|-------|--------|-------|

Now, it's not only CoD 4, it's every game that has been installed before it happened. When I install new game it works fine, and when I try to reinstall the ones installed before this thing?...
... It's the same...

Some people told me that it could be the internet connection, but it's not, cause it's happening in single-player too.

I don't know what to do. Any help would be appreciated.


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August 15, 2009 at 23:11:00
Sounds like you have something running in the background that is eating up cpu time. Have you recently installed a new program? Could be a virus or malware. Do you have an anti-virus program? You should also disable any unnecessary programs starting with windows.

If you don't have these already, you should download them. They are all freeware:

You should also run a scandisk (error checker) and a defrag. If this doesn't work, post back.

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August 16, 2009 at 21:20:13
Running the Malware & Spybot at the moment. I will let you know if there has been an improvement after it's done!

Btw, I'm using Kav 9 and it occasionally pops up a Trojan or Fake Alert Trojans and deletes them. Tried defragmenting and scandisc, but everything was fine.

Now, as I think back, everything started when I updated my Nvidia drivers. This "suffocating" happend only once before, and I fixed it by formatting the System Partition and reinstalling Windows.

As I'm typing this, right now, Malwarebytes found 17 infected objects. Spybot is finishing it's work, and I'll restart PC to see how things are.

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August 16, 2009 at 21:37:42
Spybot fixed 73 malicious objects, Malwarebyte deleted 17 infections CCleaner fixed registry.

Now, the "suffocating" is still present in games, but when I'm in Win. (desktop) everything works much faster. Tried to run same game 3 times at once and CPU works on 45% tops (Down from 100% when only one game was running)....

I will try to downgrade my Nvidia drivers to the ones that were installed before this thing happened.

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August 16, 2009 at 22:31:22
I've downgraded the Nvidia Drivers and it works slightly faster, but I've found some Nvidia PhysiX that was eating Memory alive.... Disabled it and ran some games to see if something changed.. Everything worked perfectly for about 5 minutes when "suffocating" started all over again.

Now I have no idea what to do......

It bothers me now, because I don't know what is creating that, especially because the CPU works on 15% max, and Memory takes up to 550Mb out of 2Gb. (Used to take up to 1.5Gb before the cleanup).

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August 17, 2009 at 07:52:13
It might be an obvious thing, but have you checked to see if it is a clogged fan? Or that all fans are working ok?

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August 17, 2009 at 16:08:08
Yes, all fans are working good, and they have good RPM. I cleaned everything inside, there was some dust around the CPU( but wasn't harming it, or it's temp. ). Both CPUs have around 21*C.

I'm running Everest to see if there are some problems with temp. which might cause the "suffocating" problem, but everything is perfect as it was when I made this machine 2 years ago.

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August 17, 2009 at 17:55:34
A format and reinstall of the OS tends to fix little problems like this. This is something you should think about doing after you're through troubleshooting. I can't think of any other advice to give you, sorry. Perhaps, somebody else can help.

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August 17, 2009 at 19:20:28
You've been of great help for reminding me to clean up my PC and actually care about it. Thank you for that.

Now, I've reinstalled OS, and it seems that everything is working quite normal, but still not in the way it used to. One thing I've found, that could jeopardize system, was Sound. I installed new drivers for my sound and now it works perfect!

Thanks for your time! Really appreciated!


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August 19, 2009 at 14:24:56
Now, I've finally found out, what is causing the problem... Games were running smoothly for almost 2 days now, and the thing started again.

I haven't told you some other things that were happening along this problem.

Whenever I power up my PC I have to reset it 2-4 times to get the monitor to work. After when it finally powers up, and starts the Win., resolution is 800x600 instead of 1280x1024. Today I was trying out some games and all of sudden some graphic huge pixels, like squares showed up on the screen, tumbling around. I got out of the game and it was the same thing on desktop....... So, I finally realized that my Graphic card partially died.

That's it. I don't have to bang my head against the wall anymore.

Again, thanks for your time.


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