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Windows 7: Games Lagging with Direct X Update

12 Aug 2012   #1
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Games Lagging with Direct X Update

Hello,

I've been playing PC games on my new laptop for a few months now, all of which can run on Direct X 11. Two games, Saints Row the Third and Civilizations V I run using Direct X 9 mode, which helps me keep my laptop temperature down.

Recently, however, I have bought and downloaded a few games via Steam that are older, that only use Direct X 9.0c. When I run any of these games for the first time, Steam will start "installing Direct X...". After that, all of my games run with very noticeable lag. I will lose FPS (going from 70+ to about 20-) every 20 seconds or so. If I perform a system restore to the moment before Steam installed the Direct X, everything starts running fine again.

Does anyone know why this is happening or how I could fix this? This has rendered half of my games on Steam unplayable because they all need to install Direct X before playing. The only topic I could find with a similar problem to mine was an unanswered thread here: link .

I'm running a 3610QM core, GT 650m graphics, and 8 GB RAM.

Thanks in advance.


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13 Aug 2012   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Tbh, I'm not sure why it'd would be causing lagging. I personally haven't encountered it.

Perhaps after installing the game, run the DirectX End User Runtime to see if removes the lag. (It's at least worth a try).
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13 Aug 2012   #3
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I will give that a try, but I'm not sure of how it will work. I've tried using the installer for Direct X (the one that's 286 KB or so) and it's always told me that my Direct X is up to date, etc.
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13 Aug 2012   #4
DanRex

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

If the solution stated above doesn't work; Remember to check if your drivers are up to date!
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13 Aug 2012   #5
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I ran the file listed in the link and it downloaded what seems like every update for Direct X in the past 5 years or so. I'll have to sort it out to see which I should run.

I've tried updating my drivers but the nVidia website says that there are no new drivers for my GT 650m. I'm tempted to try some of the beta drivers, but I'm not sure how risky that is.
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13 Aug 2012   #6
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Find the program executables and set them for xp comaptibility and make sure scaling for high resolution displays is disabled.

This fixed some issues I was having with older games on steam.
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13 Aug 2012   #7
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Find the program executables and set them for xp comaptibility and make sure scaling for high resolution displays is disabled.

This fixed some issues I was having with older games on steam.
Well it's not the older game that's causing suffering from the lag, it's the Direct X installation that Steam performs while starting the older games that ends up lagging my new games.

A slight workaround that I found was to say "No" when Steam asks if I allow permission to run the installation. I would definitely prefer a solution as to the lag as opposed to remembering to hit no every time I load an old game.
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13 Aug 2012   #8
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fynl View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Find the program executables and set them for xp comaptibility and make sure scaling for high resolution displays is disabled.

This fixed some issues I was having with older games on steam.
Well it's not the older game that's causing the lag, it's the Direct X installation that Steam performs while starting the older games that ends up lagging my new games.
Who is the one having a problem? you have asked for help but you are unwilling to try (more so for a free advice that won't cost you a penny?) and it won't cost you much time to do. Do you know for a fact that IT WON'T help?

All I'm saying is... take the free advice, waste the 10 mins of unharmful time this will take. Besides, its not like doing will hurt any of the games or the laptop in any way!
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13 Aug 2012   #9
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fynl View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Find the program executables and set them for xp comaptibility and make sure scaling for high resolution displays is disabled.

This fixed some issues I was having with older games on steam.
Well it's not the older game that's causing the lag, it's the Direct X installation that Steam performs while starting the older games that ends up lagging my new games.
Who is the one having a problem? you have asked for help but you are unwilling to try (more so for a free advice that won't cost you a penny?) and it won't cost you much time to do. Do you know for a fact that IT WON'T help?

All I'm saying is... take the free advice, waste the 10 mins of unharmful time this will take. Besides, its not like doing will hurt any of the games or the laptop in any way!
Already did that before I came here. I was clarifying that it's the newer games that end up lagging, rather than the older ones.

Although, looking at the passage you quoted, I mistyped. I meant to say, it's not the older games suffering from the lag, it's the newer ones.

I don't mean to sound ungrateful, I'm thankful for any replies that I receive.
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13 Aug 2012   #10
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well here is the thing though the direct x install that steam is attempting is identical to the directx redistributable you would get directly from microsoft.

I'm not doubting your word or anything here I'm just saying it's not some weird version of direct x they set up themselves or anything.
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