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Windows 7: Lag with video games

16 Jan 2010   #61
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
If yours is an OEM machine, then perhaps you've got stuff loading that you don't need that's taking the resources you need for games? Often, OEM's will load every piece of crap they bundle with the machine, which only means what you want to run runs a bit slower.

Hit the Windows logo, then type msconfig. Allow it, then click the startup tab. List everything that's checked.
Thanks Fumz

I didn't have to allow it the program ran by itself so I clicked the startup tab and this is what I got:

Alps Pointing
Quickset
IDT PC Audio
Microsoft Security Essentials
MicrosoftR Windows operation system (two times)
Steam
Google Toolbar Notifier
Adobe Acrobat
Dell Support Center updates
E-Z soft converter (video recorder)
iTunes
Default Manager
Quicktime
Dell Webcam Central
FATrayMon
Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U17
Microsoft office One note


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16 Jan 2010   #62
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryan9939 View Post
Since you have an onboard NVIDIA sound card, I'm going to assume that computer came with an NVIDIA network card (since it's not stated anywhere, but correct me if I'm wrong). I remember once when I was repairing a vista machine that had a similar issue, that when you install the NVIDIA chipset drivers, it prompts you to install some network control software thing (I think it was called Network Access Management or something). I remember this software ran as a service and created hiccups in many source, steam based games (TF2, L4D, etc). Try going to the NVIDIA website with Internet Explorer (not firefox or any other browser), Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers, and under "Option 2" there should be a button to autodetect your motherboard chipset. Try this button out to see if it provides you with a file to download. If it does, download it, install it and pay close attention to each screen when you try to install it. If it asks you to install this Network Access Management software, click "NO". I've never tried this install on a Dell so it may say that the drivers aren't supported, but maybe the chipset drivers on the Dell website will work.
Ok, I'm going to download the one it recomended me which was
Notebook Release 195
Version:
195.62 WHQL
Release Date: December 4, 2009
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16 Jan 2010   #63
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

you have several programs running that could be turned off to improve gaming performance.
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16 Jan 2010   #64
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

So yah think just switch them off from there? Which one do you think? And the drivers didn't seem to do much
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16 Jan 2010   #65
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Uncheck:
Quickset
Steam
Google Toolbar Notifier
Adobe Acrobat
Dell Support Center updates
E-Z soft converter (video recorder)
iTunes
Default Manager
Quicktime
Dell Webcam Central
FATrayMon
Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U17
Microsoft office One note

Reboot and run the game, see how it goes?
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16 Jan 2010   #66
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ok, thank you. I did not disable Java because I'm taking a class on it and I use that one application, if it is neccecary though I will disable it.
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16 Jan 2010   #67
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just because you prevent it from loading at startup does not mean it won't run when you decide to use it. This is different from disabling.

Also, java apps and Windows 7 don't work so well yet... there's a memory leak that has yet to be resolved by either MS or Sun.

**edit**

You might also want to have a look at Black Viper's page? This tells you what services you can disable/set to manual. Personally, there are only a few I actually disable, like remote registry; the others I dislike I set to manual... because you never know when the machine is going to need to use it, either now or in the future. http://www.blackviper.com/Windows_7/servicecfg.htm
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16 Jan 2010   #68
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm going to try out the game now thanks
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16 Jan 2010   #69
DrNick

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ok well the game still had a drop in fps but I kept itunes enabled because I couldn't play anything when it was disabled, should I disable it?
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16 Jan 2010   #70
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Which game; single player or online?

Again, removing an item from the startup menu does not disable it, per se. Very few items require being loaded at startup, like a laptop's mouse pointer for ex. itunes is still usable, or at least is should be... not 100% because I use Winamp to play and itunes only to fill my ipod. Remove itunes from the startup menu, reboot, then click the itunes icon and see if you can play music. Doing this for any item will let you know if it's essential the item needs to be loaded at startup.
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