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Some programs run very slow.

By Saskatoonian ·
I have a computer I built myself, with an ASrock P4V88 Motherboard/w 800 MHz FSB, 3GHz Intel P4 Prescott processor, 1 GB of dual channel PC3200 DDR RAM, nvidia FX 5700LE 8x AGP video card/w 128 MB of DDR RAM, Creative Audigy Gamer sound card and a total of 200 GB's hard drive space,(two IDE hard drives, 1 USB external hard drive). Here is my problem. Most programs (I'm talking mainly games) run extremely well on in, but when I try to run NFS Underground, or any other racing game the program runs but very slowly, and are unplayable. Games like GTA Vice City run flawlessly. When I first installed NFS Underground it ran great, then after a couple of days my problem began. What could be causing this?

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by master3bs In reply to Some programs run very sl ...

You may have too many programs running in the background; particularly if it ran well at one time.

The first thing I always do in situations like that is check the startup items. Assuming you have Win XP, you can run msconfig from the run prompt on the start menu; click the far right tab that says startup items and remove the ones you don't need.

Here is a website that lets you lookup startup items to tell if you need them or not.
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

As a rule of thumb, be sure to leave checked any antivirus software, taskmon, scanreg and a couple of others I can't think of right now. Best to check the website.

If resources arnen't your only problem that that might not fix everything, but its the best place to start. Update me and let me know.

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Thanks for your answer, but it wasn't the solution. The problem was with my gamepad. There was not much in my startup group. I accidentally unplugged the usb cable for the gamepad. Not knowing I had pulled this cable out, I defragged my hard drives, (they really didn't need it, but I did it anyway), and started NFS Underground. I couldn't believe my eyes the game started up quickly with all my applications running, but when I tried to get around the menu using the gamepad nothing was happening. Then I saw that the cable had come out from the usb hub. I got out of the game, and plugged the gamepad back in and restarted the computer. I then restarted NFS Underground and there again it went back to it's previous unworking state. I then unplugged the gamepad and started the game again and lo and behold it started up just fine. I tried updating the driver for the gamepad (it was working fine with other games I have) but that didn't work. I went out and bought a new gamepad, installed it and started the game again. It's now working perfectly. Go figure! Thanks for trying to help.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Some programs run very sl ...

Just one thought to add to the above if you are running NFS off the USB drive it will be much slower than if it is loaded on the internal HDD as the USB interface is slower than the internal interface is.

For further reference AMD CPU's are the ones of choice for gamers as they provide better clock cycles for games so things run faster. The Intel CPU's are mainly geared to Business applications where reliability and stability are paramount.

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by Saskatoonian In reply to

Thanks for your answer, but it wasn't the solution. The problem was with my gamepad. I always put all of my games on the usb harddrive. I accidentally unplugged the usb cable for the gamepad. Not knowing I had pulled this cable out, I defragged my hard drives, (they really didn't need it, but I did it anyway), and started NFS Underground. I couldn't believe my eyes the game started up quickly with all my applications running, but when I tried to get around the menu using the gamepad nothing was happening. Then I saw that the cable had come out from the usb hub. I got out of the game, and plugged the gamepad back in and restarted the computer. I then restarted NFS Underground and there again it went back to it's previous unworking state. I then unplugged the gamepad and started the game again and lo and behold it started up just fine. I tried updating the driver for the gamepad (it was working fine with other games I have) but that didn't work. I went out and bought a new gamepad, installed it and started the game again. It's now working perfectly. Go figure! Thanks for trying to help.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Some programs run very sl ...

You may verify the game video settings, for using the right graphic accelerator. Also verify the video adapter settings, for best performance.

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by Saskatoonian In reply to

The video setting were all set right. The problem was with my gamepad. I went out and bought a new one, installed it and all the game are working great. Thanks for trying to help!

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by pierrejamme In reply to Some programs run very sl ...

In addition to what HAll 9000 had to say. I seem to remember that the Prescott version processor has an overheating problem. What's your temp?

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by Saskatoonian In reply to

My Prescott chip is running at an average of 48 degrees Celsius, which is well below the 60 degree celsius that the seller told me was acceptable. The problem was, (as I found out when I accidentally unplugged my usb gamepad), was for some reason the gamepad would not work with some games and worked fine with others. Thanks for your input!

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