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« on: September 05, 2007, 12:14:57 AM »

Sorry for a long post but please bear with me and help me if you can. (i think it's a hardware problem)

Recently a couple of my games (namely Bioshock and Dark Messiah) and even a modeling program (Zbrush) are experiencing video stuttering problems (runs smooth for about 5 seconds then freezes for a second repeatedly), but ONLY during gameplay. Cut-scenes and videos are fine, and even when i'm just standing still in the game, as is regular tasks like working in desktop, surfing, etc. VERY FRUSTRATING. I have tried the following solution from the web with no results:

- adjusting video settings and resolutions in the games including Vsync
- tried 4 nvidia card drivers including the latest one (though i don't know which is optimal for my card)
- exiting all non-essential programs in the background including virus scanner (even cleaned up my startup from msconfig)
- downloaded latest directX
- dusted inside my pc with the air-dusting thingy
- did a registry, spyware and virus scan/cleanup as well as defragged my HD, freed HD space.
- yelled and threatened my computer while bashing my head with my keyboard

I then installed two older games (Medieval 2 total war and Unreal 2k4) to see if the problem persists and discovered something interesting. Instead of stuttering/pausing every 5 seconds the program "slides" for both games. Basically, If i take my fingers off the keyboard at exactly the right time (every 5 seconds) my character/camera on screen continues moving as if i hadn't (with no lag whatsoever). Running unreal 2k4 windowed showed me that happens when my cpu usage spikes in task manager (which happens every 5 seconds). Same thing with Bioshock/Dark Messiah stuttering. This lead me to believe that its a processor problem (but i'm no expert). I've also tried these solutions:

- setting single cpu affinities
- installing latest BIOS driver
- installing a hotfix (KB896256) from microsoft having to do with dual core processors and service pack 2 not working together or something (whatever it didn't work)

Unfortunately that's as far as my computer knowledge has lead me. What really annoys me is that i never had this problem up untill about a week ago. Zbrush , Tomb Raider and Medieval 2 ran fine (on max settings). I couldn't think of any particular event that may have triggered this other than installing Bioshock, because that's when i got stuttering (although i can't be sure, as i hadn't played a game for over a week before that). The computer actually started working fine yesterday  (i had my hopes up...), but today it's BACK (..and it came crashing down).
Here are my specs:

- Windows XP Media Centre Ed.
- Intel Viiv dual core 3.00 GHz
- Geforce 7800GT video card
- 300 GB HD with 150 free left

I'm at the end of my wits. Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 11:07:55 AM »

Before we try to do anything drastic, I suggest you hop over to the Security and Viruses forum and read upon the use of Hijack This.

Then post a log in a new thread in there and have mr. Pancake read through it for you. Tell him what's been going on with the computer and he'll help you remove anything bad, if something is in hiding. When that issue has been cleared, try your system again in those games and then report back here with the results.

If the system is as clean as you maintain, then we'll have to try something else, but this is the first and easiest step to start with.

Good luck

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