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Windows 7: Odd periodic pause during games (about 1 per second)

15 Feb 2017   #1
Gorlash

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Odd periodic pause during games (about 1 per second)

I've been playing various games with no problems, up until recently.
I was playing Witcher 3, and wanted to capture some screen shots, which the game did not internally support. So I ran Fraps V3.5.99 to get the screen shots.

However, as soon as I started the game with Fraps running, I started getting a momentary pause, once per second. This happens *continuously* during the game. Also, it occurs completely independently of any inputs to the game - even when I'm standing motionless, I can see the glitch in moving objects (such as smoke, fires, moving creatures).

I captured my screen shots, then quit the game and halted Fraps, but it still occurred. I even un-installed Fraps, with no effect.

Not only that, but this effect occurs with *all* games !!! Witcher 3, Skyrim SSE, Fallout4.
However, it does *not* occur when I'm viewing large videos in VLC...

Any ideas what could have changed in my system, to cause this periodic hiccup??
It is making game play very awkward...

My system:
Intel Core i7-3820, OC 4GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte X79-UP4
16GB RAM PC3-12800, *not* OC
Game disk: Samsung 950 Pro SSD (NVMe interface)
Nvidia GTX 980, drivers updated yesterday, *not* OC
Monitor: HP ZR30w, 30" 2560x1600

Note that the Overclocking on the CPU is years old, and did not cause this problem to occur.
The *only* thing that had changed when it began, was running Fraps.

And *yes*, I need to update those specs!!! I haven't had that Gateway laptop for years!!


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15 Feb 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome Gorlash now obviously you are referring to a machine that is different to the one listed in the system specs link at bottom left of the post screen. The specs you give do not include for example the motherboard most importantly so can you please let us know what that is.

You have included along with the CPU OC I take it you are overclocking this device? and maybe the RAM??
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15 Feb 2017   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I think what is happening is that the Fraps driver is not completely uninstalled, or there are some remnants. You may have to edit the registry to remove all traces of Fraps and reboot before this problem will go away.

Note that this is just an educated guess. I haven't used Fraps in years because it caused a readout glitch in the frame rate display of my Logitech G15 keyboard.

You could use something like Absolute Uninstaller to remove the remnants:

Absolute Uninstaller - Remove Programs Easily and Completely, Uninstall Software | Glarysoft
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16 Feb 2017   #4
Gorlash

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

hmmm... that makes sense, that Fraps might have left something behind... there are no files, the install directory is completely gone. However, there *could* be something in the registry.

Unfortunately, Absolute Uninstaller didn't find anything; I wonder if I should re-install/re-delete Fraps with Absolute Uninstaller running, and see what it finds?

I also noted that MSI Afterburner has a Fraps profile installed:
"MSI Afterburner/Bundle/OSDServer/ProfileTemplates/Fraps.exe.cfg"
I might try un-installing MSIA, reboot, re-install and see what happens??
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16 Feb 2017   #5
Gorlash

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well, I went through the registry and deleted all references to Fraps.
I also scanned and deleted a couple of frap-related .dll files that I found there.
I then un-installed MSI Afterburner, deleted all files in its directory, rebooted, then re-installed current version.

I still have the periodic pause that I described previously...
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16 Feb 2017   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

I don't know if Mellon Head will agree with me but I would be very inclined to look in the registry for any entries for that program. Now looking at that Fraps site it appears to me to be produced by some software company called beepa and because I am a very suspicious person like Norton is really Symantec in the registry perhaps the Fraps entries are listed as this beepa brand?

Now one tip before you do look in the registry do this Registry - Backup and Restore

To look > Start > type regedit > right click run as admin > go to the HKEY's LOCAL_MACHINE & CURRENT_USER > open the HKEY > then Software > then scroll down that listing to see if there are any entries for either Fraps or beepa. see pic

You might like to have a look for starters and let us know if there are any such entries.


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16 Feb 2017   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gorlash View Post
Well, I went through the registry and deleted all references to Fraps.
I also scanned and deleted a couple of frap-related .dll files that I found there.
I then un-installed MSI Afterburner, deleted all files in its directory, rebooted, then re-installed current version.

I still have the periodic pause that I described previously...
Hmm ok well at least that has covered any issues from that direction - that included any listed as that beepa I mentioned? because as I mentioned before some softwares are listed as something that appears to be quite unrelated if one doesn't know. An example as I also mentioned is the Norton AV stuff it is listed as Symantec in the reg.

Now I am wondering what if any difference disabling the Avast would make - it wouldn't hurt to try as odd as it may sound AV's can interfere with a system causing odd issues.
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17 Feb 2017   #8
Gorlash

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

*** I THINK I FOUND IT !!! ****
I use both Avast antivirus and Malwarebytes anti-malware programs. Turning off Avast did nothing, but...

Turning off Malwarebytes appears to have solved this problem!!! Both Fallout 4 and Skyrim SE are now running smoothly.
Amazing... I've been using Malwarebytes real-time scanner for several years, and it never previously caused such an issue; I wonder why it started now?

I'll do more-thorough testing later to see if this solution is consistent. I'll also try re-starting MB and see if I can just exclude the games.

BTW, checked registry for "beepa" references, there were none.
Also rechecked registry for "frap", no longer found any.
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17 Feb 2017   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The newest release of MalwareBytes has had some issues. There have been a number of complaints about it. I'm not sure of the specifics at the moment, but there are a number of threads about it in this forum. Check in the Security sub forum for details. You may find some useful information there.
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17 Feb 2017   #10
Gorlash

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you, Mellon Head !! I will read through that forum. I think I'll also see how responsive their support forum is; I've never had reason to contact them before...
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