Solved Games Suddenly Lag After Running Fine

Dell Inspiron 580 (intel core i3 530 32...
April 14, 2012 at 15:22:51
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core2 Duo 2.53 GHz / 4 gigs
I suddenly started having a problem with my games lagging about a month ago. It's happened on Half-Life 2, TF2, Counter Strike: Source, The

Sims 3, and Tribes: Ascend, confirming that the problem does cover all games, and not just ones from Steam. Basically, I start the game, it

runs great as it always has for about ten minutes, then it suddenly starts playing only about a frame a second. I finally decided to wait

it out, and found out that after about two minutes it stops. Then it works fine again for a while, until it starts lagging again. This just

kind of alternates.

Interestingly, I don't have the problem any other time; I can run Adobe After Effects flawlessly. Also, Minecraft specifically is

unaffected. I've upgraded my graphics card drivers, my hard drive is automatically defragmented every week, and again, every one of these

games has run exceptionally well for years. I also haven't made any major changes to my computer any time recently.

At this point, I don't even know where to start looking for the source of the spontaneous problem, so if anyone can point me in the right

direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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April 14, 2012 at 16:21:13
Just a shot in the dark, but could you disable your anti-virus and see if this still happens.

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April 15, 2012 at 05:52:43
post ur full system specs... including power supply
download temperature monitoring software like speedfan and gpu-z and post ur temps at idle and when u game
download malwarebytes and perform a full system scan

computers are a second home

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April 15, 2012 at 07:15:58
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I've seen quite a few negative posts from clients at Intel’s site lately, about the new Intel’s hd graphics having problems with bugs and glitches in plenty of games.

Although that’s a probability you might still want to make sure that everything is correct with the inside of your machine. Your fan or CPU Cooler might be dislocated or loose which maybe choasing your CPU to overheat when your playing. Also make sure your RAM is secured on the DIMMs, because your graphics intergraded the Memory is chaired and the less memory the less speed.

Here are the links for Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit under.

I suggest you to get your hands on a mainstream midrange video card like a geForce GTX 4 or 550


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April 15, 2012 at 07:39:15
I actually have a GeForce 9800 GT card, which runs everything perfectly. Thanks for explaining why I need to try a temperature monitor though. I'll get right on that.

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April 15, 2012 at 18:49:14
Ok, well, it is DEFINITELY the heat thing... 110 degrees Celsius is bad, right?

The GPU and something labeled as "Temp 1" on SpeedFan are actually marked as overheated when I don't even have anything running, at about 85 degrees Celsius. The temperature changes are exactly consistent with my alternating lag intervals... basically, it takes a few minutes to heat all the way up to 110. Then it starts lagging horribly, which cools it off just enough to not lag horribly, which then builds it back up, etc, causing consistent intervals of lag. And possibly of frying the internal mechanisms of my PC.

I guess the question now is what to fix. I'm not sure what would be causing the overheating; I blow all the dust out pretty regularly.

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April 15, 2012 at 20:08:42
110c is enough to kill the gpu, I wouldn't run the system until you get it fixed

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April 15, 2012 at 20:59:16
That's only when I run a game. I thoroughly cleaned out all the fans, and it brought the GPU down to about 55, which still seems a little hot. Whatever the software is labeling as "Temp 1" (IT8718F) is still at 85 though.

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April 16, 2012 at 06:02:17
"it brought the GPU down to about 55, which still seems a little hot"

Temps vary depending on the type of GPU. Gaming cards usually run hotter than general purpose cards. For a 9800GT, 55C is about right.

""Temp 1" (IT8718F) is still at 85 though"

Personally, I don't like Speedfan. I suggest you try a different monitoring program such as HWMonitor:

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April 16, 2012 at 06:41:53
I agree, this one is a little better. Although, one of the three temperatures listed under the motherboard heading is still at 85C (Everything else seems OK). I'm not sure whether or not the fans' RPMs are normal either...

Know what? I'll just give you a screenshot:

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