Newish computer stutters on everquest 1

March 2, 2014 at 11:21:08
Specs: Windows 7 home premium 64 bit, amd a6-3420m
I bought a one and a half year old acer aspire 5560-7402 off of Craigslist. It has 4gb of ddr3, radeon hd 6520g graphics, and a 1.5 Ghz quad core A6-3420m processor "with turbo CORE technology up to 2.4 Ghz." 90% of the time i get a good frame rate but every minute or so the game pauses making it hard to get away from things attacking me. The game pauses for 1-3 seconds nearly every time I pick something up out of inventory or memorize a spell. Its very time consuming to transfer items to and from the bank.

I recently did a fresh install of the OS it originally shipped with, windows 7 home premium 64 bit. I downloaded and installed all the drivers from the acer website. I didn't mess with processor clock speed and the only things I downloaded were the drivers, firefox, adobe flash and everquest. performance has improved since installing the new OS but a laptop this new should not have trouble running a 15 year old game. Also, it stutters frequently when surfing the web and videos glitch every minute or so. It also stutters when typing sometimes.

also since installing the new OS I've noticed the computer doesn't restart properly. after shutting down windows it just pauses with a blank screen and the power light on (but no hdd light)

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March 2, 2014 at 12:23:19
"I bought a one and a half year old acer aspire 5560-7402 off of Craigslist".
That right there is a big red flag. You don't know what kind of physical abuse this laptop might have gone through, and the people on Craigslist, I know from experience, usually sell their PC's on there when they become unusable in the first place.

But, let's start from the top: Run malwarebytes and CCleaner just as a precaution, and then run a disk error check.

"also since installing the new OS I've noticed the computer doesn't restart properly. after shutting down windows it just pauses with a blank screen and the power light on (but no hdd light)"

That also sounds quite like looming hardware failure.

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March 2, 2014 at 12:34:24
After doing the fresh install, did you download all the Windows Updates? SP1, IE11, WMP12, not to mention all the security fixes & updates? It can take several hours. If you didn't do it manually, it may be running automatically in the background & slowing things down. It will continue to do so until ALL the updates have been installed.

Which anti-virus program are you running?


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