Game Freezing and Weird Sound!

Dell / Vostro1510
April 12, 2010 at 14:54:44
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, 2.001 GHz / 3069 MB
Hello there,

I have been experiencing an issue with my Dell Vostro 1510 Laptop for quite some time now. Whenever I play certain games, 3 maybe 5 minutes go by and my laptop starts to lag heavily. It does not have to be an online game, but this is what it looks like- very heavy lag and I cannot continue to play. This lasts for about 8-10 seconds and stops for about 30 seconds, then repeats again and again. Along with this lag, I get a strange scratchy sound from my speakers like the original background/whatever music from the game, except very distorted and scratchy. Like I said, it will do this with certain games (such as Stronghold Legends or GunZ Online) while other games it does not effect (Counter-Strike or Grand Theft Auto).

My computer is CLEAN of viruses, spyware, malware, etc. All of my DirectX, java, or anything else is up-to-date. I got this laptop from my college about 2 years ago, and it has on it:

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1
CPU/Ram: Intel Core2 Duo CPU 2.001 GHz / 3069 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio

I'm not sure what is causing this, and why this is happening on certain games and not on others. I hope there is someone out there who can help point me in the right direction for getting this resolved. These "lags" are very annoying and I cannot play some of my favorite games with this.. Thanks for the help in advance!

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April 13, 2010 at 07:11:02
To me it doesn't sound like it's a virus issue or anything. Some games are more GPU resource hungry than others. The lag, or freeze, so to speak, could be the rendering of the graphics, and it freezes to try and catch up to itself.

What level are all the graphics settings at? If they are high, try lowering them a bit and see how you go. Or, I would run a graphics benchmark test, like 3DMark06, just for reference.

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April 13, 2010 at 11:11:35
Okay, so I went into the Device Manager and disabled my Realtek High Definition Audio under "Sound, video and game controllers". When playing the game, it still experienced the choppy "lag" but it was somewhat bearable and reduced the lag a little bit. What could this mean?? Is it the sound in my laptop that is causing this freezing??

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April 14, 2010 at 13:09:45
Hi I had this problem as well running certain games on my windows vista SP1 laptop. Try right clicking the shortcut for the game application and go to the Compatibility Tab. Under the Compatability Mode drop down menu select Windows XP SP 2 (for slightly older games i.e. Bioshock). This is what work for me. Game stopped lagging/dumping and sound worked fine at that point.

Hope this works.

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