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By randallf ·
When I'm playing a game like racing the game does not run smooth.It's loik skipping alot. Also the sound coming from my speakers make a cracking noise.I dont know how to fix these problems or what to replace to fix these problems. I dont know PC names of the parts I would need to replace if thats what I have to do.

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by qballrail In reply to Like dirty volume knob on ...

From what you describe, there could be several factors, both hardware and software related.

First thing I would check is system requirements for the game. For instance, if you run Windows 98 on a Pentium 200Mhz with 64 M RAM and the game requires at least 128M RAM, that can cause choppiness in video. That as well as the capabilities of your video card itself. Many games these days require at least 64M Video RAM. Whatever the video acceleration your video adapter is capable of may or maynot meet the requirements of your game.

However, if your system meets and hopefully exceeds the minimum/recommended requirements, I'd look at running processes, such as programs in your sys tray (icons near the clock). Also delete all .tmp filesand anything in your temp directory. Drive fragmentation is also a mitigating factor of performance. Run your defrag utility or obtain a copy of Norton System Works and run their utility called Speed Disk.

Another factor in performance relates to how full your disk drive is. Any unused programs should be removed by using either the uninstall utility in that program group or Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel. DON'T just delete programs, could cause your system to become unstable.

The crackling noise you hear in your speakers may go away with optimization (cleaning your temp files, defrag, etc.) However, should this situation persist, check your connectors, they may have become dirty. Also, over time, speakers do wear out. It may be time to invest in a new pair, or even a sound card. Try updating your audio drivers. The manufacturer's website should have updated drivers for your card. Usually located in the Downloads or Support section of their site. Have your sound card model info ready.


Regards,
Jesse

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by qballrail In reply to Like dirty volume knob on ...

Good luck to you and let me know if this resolves it. If not, perhaps you could provide info on your system that could better enable a more specific response. :)

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by TheChas In reply to Like dirty volume knob on ...

My first thought, is that you have a system with on-board sound.

Many of these sound systems do not work well with ANY application running.
They use the CPU to perform many of the functions of a sound controller.
The busier the CPU is running aprogram (games) the less time it has to deal with the sound.

If you have on-board sound, disabling it, and installing a plug-in sound card can work wonders.

Chas

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