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Video Game Lag Spikes

Discussion in 'Games' started by Phbanark, Nov 8, 2003.

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  1. Phbanark

    Phbanark Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I am a gamer that recieves massive problems with my video gameplay. We all should know what 'Ping' means, so heres my problem:

    I experiance "Ping Spikes/ Lag Spikes" every 5-7 mins. or sometimes, every 1-2 mins. ; and my ping will jump from around '50 to about 5000' and my ping will be at 5000 for about 15 seconds, then it will go back to 50 agian. This happens on every, game, and every game demo I have played.

    I do not know what is wrong, and I have never been able to fix this problem, no one knows what causes this. This problem did not occur when I first got this computer, but about 5 months after that it started up. I cannot Ctrl +Alt+Del during the freeze either. I cannot do anything at all, until the freeze is over.

    Does anyone know a way to fix this, or some possible solutions?
    Replys with possible conclusions to my problem will be greatly appreciated.

    Specs:
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    Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz
    Compaq Presario 40Gb
    16MB nVidia Vanta
    512 ram
    WinXP
    (Also running Norton)

    Thank you,
    [email protected]
     
  2. McTimson

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    Read and do everything in this thread...that should help a bit, if not, post back.
     
  3. Svenmonkey

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    What sort of internet connection are you using?
     
  4. Phbanark

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    I am using Cable. <Cox Cable>
    And I have done most of that stuff in that thread. Nothing seems to work out for me.
     
  5. McTimson

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    What games are you trying to play? Part of it could lie in that 16MB Vanta card....
     
  6. Phbanark

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    Ive experianced these spikes in my current games:

    Diablo 2, Counter-Strike, or any other game... including all downloaded demos.

    Counter-strike is the main game I play, and some of its modifications.
     
  7. McTimson

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    If it happens in offline games, then the problem is not ping, it's probably your video card.
     
  8. Phbanark

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    I see. But I've had this video card since I "installed' this computer.
    So are you sure that is my problem, because I did not experiance this untill sometime after that.
     
  9. McTimson

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    Does the problem occur in offline games? Offline games do not use the internet at all, thus ping is not a factor. Therefore, it must be something on your computer that is causing the trouble. Maybe there's too many background applications running, or maybe the hard drive needs to be defragmented. But if it does it in offline games, then it has nothing to do with the internet.
     
  10. Phbanark

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    It does happen in offline games, and I defrag my computer very often. And run the occasional virus scan. So it must be my 16MB nVidia Vanta card then?
     
  11. Svenmonkey

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    That does indeed seem to be the problem.
     
  12. Phbanark

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    Any opinion on what kind of Video Card I should get?

    Type ect...ect...?
     
  13. Svenmonkey

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    It depends on your needs and your available cash reserves. Give a price range you can afford.
     
  14. McTimson

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    GeForce4 Ti4200 is an excellent card for a great price, it's only around $100.

    Make sure you have an AGP port before you buy a video card though.
     
  15. Phbanark

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    How do I check if I have an AGP port?
     
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