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August 12, 2013 8:16:43 AM

My system is the laptop here: http://

My fps for more modern games like civilization 5 are fine (25-30 fps), but are terrible when running something really old like spongebob squarepants: employee of the month. (around 10 fps) The game runs on dx8 and was released on 2002, so I'm not sure what my computer's missing. I'm also running this with windows 8 64 bit.

Can anyone explain why my fps is so low for this game?

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August 12, 2013 8:31:43 AM

Make sure all drivers are up to date. See if there is a setting within the game to disable multi-core support. Sometimes this will give you issue, I know it sounds counter intuitive but just give it a try. It's possible that the older game was not designed for multi-core and having issues with it.
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August 12, 2013 10:25:45 AM

1. Why the hell are you playing spongebob squarepants: employee of the month if you have civilization V xD
2. As burderbound mentioned , the old games may not be compatible with multi core-support. Try running the games in compatibility mode.
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August 12, 2013 10:56:46 AM

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See if there is a setting within the game to disable multi-core support.


There's practically no settings for this game, probably since it's a really simple point and click adventure game. I still tried disabling all but one core using msconfig, but that didn't help the fps. Also, I'm not sure if this is an issue but it seems like, processor is erratically changing from about 5% use to close to a 100% while I'm completely idle with only one core enabled. (and by idle, I mean nothing but the task manager opened.) Also, I had the cpu running around 25% use with all 4 cores enable with just google chrome enabled. I'm wondering if these numbers are normal, as they sure don't seem to be to me. Plus, there doesn't seem to be one process using the whole cpu. Rather, it's more like it's sometimes from mcafee shield or from the task manager or from malwarebytes.

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Try running the games in compatibility mode.


Will that just disable cores in order to allow the game to run? Also, haven't tried this as I don't know how and there isn't an in game setting for that (or anything, really.)
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a b D Laptop
August 12, 2013 11:17:09 AM

That seems like high CPU usage if your not doing anything, open up task manager and see whats using it.
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August 12, 2013 11:32:02 AM

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That seems like high CPU usage if your not doing anything, open up task manager and see whats using it.


Like I said in my previous post, it's a combination of things, and the usage is really erratic. The things like mcafee and malwarebytes processes weren't even doing anything like a scan, so it's just strange why their usage would spike.
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a b D Laptop
August 12, 2013 11:35:07 AM

plushy1anthony_9_9_9 said:
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That seems like high CPU usage if your not doing anything, open up task manager and see whats using it.


Like I said in my previous post, it's a combination of things, and the usage is really erratic. The things like mcafee and malwarebytes processes weren't even doing anything like a scan, so it's just strange why their usage would spike.


If the spikes are very short I wouldn't worry about it, probably just scanning something or what not. If I remember correctly McAfee is CPU heavy so I am not surprised.
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August 12, 2013 11:38:20 AM

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If the spikes are very short I wouldn't worry about it, probably just scanning something or what not. If I remember correctly McAfee is CPU heavy so I am not surprised.


I guess I won't worry about it when I'm using the laptop normally. Still, isn't the spike to near 100% when running on one core strange? Either way, I'm still not sure what's causing my low fps. Also, is a constant 44% overall memory usage with 6gb normal when I'm just using google chrome?
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a b D Laptop
August 14, 2013 7:12:44 AM

plushy1anthony_9_9_9 said:
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If the spikes are very short I wouldn't worry about it, probably just scanning something or what not. If I remember correctly McAfee is CPU heavy so I am not surprised.


I guess I won't worry about it when I'm using the laptop normally. Still, isn't the spike to near 100% when running on one core strange? Either way, I'm still not sure what's causing my low fps. Also, is a constant 44% overall memory usage with 6gb normal when I'm just using google chrome?


I usually use around 1.8GB of RAM while only having chrome up. Modern browsers do use quite a bit of memory but I don't think it should be using as much as you listed. Monitor the programs which are using your memory and make sure nothing is using too much. It's possible you just have more programs/services running in the background compared to me or chrome is using more.
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August 14, 2013 7:20:15 AM

McAffee has always been a bitch. It was designed for people who only surf and sniff.
My Dads new i3 rig is like a snail compared to my 6yr old c2d using the net.
I wouldnt touch it with a bargepole but he needs the security.
He would go XXXXXX XXX XXXX DOOLALY if his pc crashed.
It came with the pc and he will use it until it expires.
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