Solved Games running choppier with new video card

September 26, 2011 at 00:24:01
Specs: Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Intel Core 2 2.40 GHz / 2.00 GB
I got a new video card and installed it, now games are running choppier that ever before! Here's what I have: Windows Vista 32-bit Service Pack 2, Asus P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard, Intel Core 2 2.40 GHz CPU, 2.00 GB RAM, and the video card I had was: EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GT, the new one is: ZOTAC GTS 450. When I uninstalled the old card I uninstalled by going into the "Control Panel" then "Device Manager" right clicking on my old card and going to "properties" then clicked the "driver" tab and clicked "uninstall" then shut down my computer, installed the new card, restarted, put the CD that came with the new card in and installed drivers off of it. I tried playing Battle for Middle-Earth 2 and Crysis, bother where choppy with settings that ran smoothly on the old card, so I went back to "Device Manager" right clicking on my new card and then clicking "uninstall" from there, then re-installed drivers from the CD again and same thing.

Really frustrating! Any help would be greatly appreciated! If I wasn't clear anywhere just tell me and I'll try to clarify. Thanks in advance!


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#1
September 26, 2011 at 05:03:07
I'd advise that you get updated drivers from here http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-w... rather than the usually outdated ones stored on the CD

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#2
September 26, 2011 at 05:04:58
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Why are youy uninstalling from Device Manager? All you needed to do was go to Control Panel > Programs and Features, uninstall the old drivers, then shutdown. Swap cards, restart, then install the latest drivers available from the nvidia website. The drivers on the CD are most likely outdated already.

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/inde...


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#3
September 26, 2011 at 05:44:51
Use GPUz and check the bus interface(it should be PCI-E x16 @ x16)
Example http://imageshack.us/photo/my-image...

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#4
September 26, 2011 at 09:05:47
after checking with gpu-z make sure ur clocks are running in 3D mode not in 2D idle mode keep gpu-z in desktop running and check if the clocks are rising or not

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#5
September 26, 2011 at 17:03:03
I redid the drivers and it does run smoother, but still choppier than normal, I'll try the GPUz thing to if I can figure out how.

-Edit-

Ok, the GPUz thing says: PCI-e x16 @ x16, so thats all good, but what about 3D mode? I don't know what that is or how to change it.


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#6
September 27, 2011 at 07:26:54
save a pic of ur GPU-z when gaming(to do that run a game in windowed mode then keep an eye on gpu-z clocks where its written core clock, memory clock, shader
clock. save a pic of that and save another pic when ur not gaming make sure the clocks are seen in those pics show the pics to us that way we can tell if the video card is stuck on 2D or not

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#7
September 27, 2011 at 18:00:58
Ok, here is desktop:

http://gpuz.techpowerup.com/11/09/2...

And here is with game running:

http://gpuz.techpowerup.com/11/09/2...

I also wondered if it's the processor, in Battle for Middle-Earth 2 when I play a map with 8 players (7 AI + myself) it's really choppy, but if it's just 4 players (3AI + me) it's very smooth and on 8 as I eliminate the AI one by one it gets less and less choppy, doesn't matter what the graphics or resolution is set at.


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#8
September 29, 2011 at 09:44:48
the clocks seem fine as the graphics card is switching to 3D. u have core 2 duo which is not bad running at 2.4GHz but it can also bottleneck the graphics card and cause framerate issues. if ur running BME2 maxed out try turning down the settings a bit lower the resolution and see if it helps, i used to play command and conquer 3 on my 9800gt and my dual core 2GHz it gets a lil bit choppy when having 8 players(7AI) i lowered the resolution a bit and it got better u should try that

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#9
September 29, 2011 at 17:31:51
It doesn't really make much of a difference that I can tell, I guess I could download Fraps or something, actually I'll try that next.

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