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My computer lags every 20 minutes for 1 min

November 8, 2010 at 02:23:33
Specs: Windows 7

My computer lags every 20 mins for just about 1 min. I notice this when im playing Final Fantasy online and it slows down to 0.5 FPS. This has started recently and i only use my computer for gaming so i haven't downloaded anything that would cause this. Can anyone Help? My computer is a dell pentium processor 4. Currently going on 6 years of age.

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#1
November 8, 2010 at 05:38:02

"so i haven't downloaded anything that would cause this"

If you are connected to a broadband connection you could have gotten something. Run a scan for malware, spyware, trojans, viruses, etc. Also check your system for any recurring scheduled tasks. 20 minutes is not a very long interval but I suppose something could be scheduled that often. Could even be something as simple as a registration.

You can also check the networking tab in task manager to see if there is network activity during those periods. Hit Cntl+Alt+Del to open the task manager.


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#2
November 9, 2010 at 05:39:46

I ran 2 full computer scans with my Kaspersky protection and my problem still persists. Nothing is running at the time. So im thinking it might be the game itself. I have my doubts since it has only started recently, but its the only thing i can think of at the moment. So im going to delete the version i have and just download a new windower version. If anyone has any other ideas they would be greatly appreciated.

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#3
November 9, 2010 at 06:15:35

I don't play games but I think you may be on to something. Many games use Peer to Peer distribution for getting patches and updates out. You may be hosting downloads of the latest patches, etc.

Did you try watching the network traffic like I suggested above?


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#4
November 9, 2010 at 12:42:11

Yes I did. there wasn't anything else running off the same modem, which i think may be the actual problem as well because i have comcast, and when the phone rings my wireless internet gets cut off completely. But there was also nothing else going on between my computer and the internet. Just the game. But the version of windower i play my game on is not made by square enix, so im going to run the game using the program i actually bought from the store and see if the problem persists there. If it happens on the legit version, any Idea what the problem might be other than the possibility of the modem?

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#5
November 9, 2010 at 13:27:21

If your internet drops out when the phone rings then there is a problem. I have VOIP phone service and nothing like that happens to me. Had the service for a number of years already.

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#6
November 9, 2010 at 21:58:09

Ok. just tried the regular version and the problem is still there, so im forced to guess its the modem. I have 3 sign in names on my computer and the performance varies depending on which one im on lol. So ill try that while i order a new modem, since only the wireless internet goes out. My computer is hooked directly into the modem and the internet never cuts out on it.

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#7
November 9, 2010 at 22:17:17

What are you connecting to the internet with? Broadband cable? Uverse? Do you have a wireless router in the mix?

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#8
November 10, 2010 at 13:02:20

broadband ethernet cable. and yes it is connected to the modem through the wireless router.

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#9
November 10, 2010 at 16:04:19

Is the router connected to a computer using USB? USB could be winking out. If that is the case I suggest using a network patch cable to connect instead.

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#10
November 13, 2010 at 09:17:01

It is connected by an ethernet cord that came with the modem. But i switched user names like i said i would do in an older post and now it does it at very random times, and long spans in between. 1 time it happened 2 hours after i started playing. then 3 1/2 hours after that. but it lasts for 2 minutes now. sometimes even 3-5. I think i might have to chaulk it up to the computer just being plain old and soon to be replaced.

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