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Games not running like they used to

Discussion in 'Games' started by ClearBS, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. ClearBS

    ClearBS Thread Starter

    Feb 24, 2013
    -- Computer Specs --
    Processor: i5 Quad Core 3.5 GHz
    RAM: 2 Kingston 4 GBs
    Graphics Card: AMD Rhadeon 6850 HD - 1 GB Dedicated Memory

    -- Games Before Problem --
    Game: League of Legends
    FPS: 120 fps
    Graphics Quality: Maximum

    Game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive
    FPS: 120 fps
    Graphics Quality: High

    Game: Firefall
    FPS: 90 fps
    Graphics Quality: High

    -- After Problem --
    Game: League of Legends
    FPS: 60 fps(On a good day)
    Graphics Quality: Medium - Low

    Game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive
    FPS: 45-50 fps
    Graphics Quality: Low

    Game: Firefall
    FPS: 20 fps
    Graphics Quality: Very Low

    -- History of Problem --
    The problem was first noticed by my brother over Christmas, when he returned to the computer and started playing Psychonauts, in which began to drop fps consistently. The computer was used the day before with no problem on the same game, no background programs (aside from Steam and essentials) were running.

    -- What I have tried --
    - Virus Scans, with AVG and Kaspersky
    - Un-installed Psychonauts and every software he installed while he was here
    - Defragged and cleaned my registry and hard-drive
    - Updated all of my computer's drivers (especially my graphics)
    - Dusted my entire computer and got it more air (even though it had no heating issues)

    -- What I have also noticed --
    When these games are running, popping Task Manager up on another screen shows me that the games are only using about 8 to 10% of my processors capacity, and about 10 to 13% of my graphics memory, and even less RAM.

    -- Question --
    What the heck happened?
    Is there a windows setting that limits all programs from taking their required resources?
  2. DeathWorm


    Feb 25, 2013
    Another effort you should try: Reset all your games' settings to default.
  3. Tanis


    May 29, 2006
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    Hi and welcome to TSG.

    Unfortunately nobody can give you an 'educated' response without knowing a lot more about your particular system.

    What is the exact make and model of the PC, assuming it is a 'pre-built' system like a HP, Dell, Acer etc? If it is pre-built, have you done any hardware changes or upgrades since you got it?

    If it is a custom / self build, what is the exact make and model of:

    Motherboard (including revision / version number)
    Graphics Card
    Hard Drive
    Power Supply (including wattage)
    What operating system are you using, is it 32 or 64 bit, is it fully patched and up to date?

    If you are unsure, the TSG System Info Utility linked below will give us some information:

  4. Robsy128


    Jan 11, 2013
    Did you change any software on that particular day when it started to happen? (i.e. Microsft updates, etc.)

    Maybe try taking out your graphics card and putting it back in. It could be that the card is on its way out. Can you try the PC with another card at all?
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