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Recording with fraps

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September 15, 2011 8:48:20 PM

Hi all,

I've heard that if you record to a harddrive that doesnt have your operating system on it (a second one) while playing your game, you shouldnt get fps dips. I'm doing that, and still getting random game freezes only when I'm recording. Im wondering, do I need to put my games on the same harddrive as my fraps? They're currently on the same one as my OS. I also have the latest version of fraps, V. 3.4.6

Computer specs:

CPU: BX80623I52500K INTEL CORE I5 3.30G 1155 6M BX
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2X4GB 1600 (8GB Kit)
GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD
HDD: 2X WD CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 64MB 3.5
PSU: SPI 1000W 80 PLUS ATX 12CM FAN
MB: ASUS P8P67-PROR ASUS S.1155 INTEL P67, ATX
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September 16, 2011 12:48:59 PM

Fraps is fairly low-resource intensive as it doesn't compress or encode video as it's recorded (now THAT would kill your PC). It shouldn't lag, except if your hard drive isn't up to spec. Also, how much RAM do you have and what game are you trying to record?
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September 16, 2011 3:45:28 PM

having one hard drive for fraps and one for games makes it run better(that is what you're doing right?)Do you get good fps? and does the video stutter when you're playing it back?
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September 17, 2011 12:42:17 AM

What I currently have, is two hard drives. Everything but fraps on one (OS, games, programs, etc.) and just fraps on the second. I was wondering if my fps should increase if I move my games to the same drive as my fraps, as its currently on the same as my OS. I have 8GB DDR3 RAM, and I have 2 1TB hard drives, 7200RPM. And yea, the video does stutter/freeze a lot when I'm playing it back, but it doesnt do that once I render it. I figured thats normal? I'm not sure... :p 
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September 19, 2011 5:19:49 AM

What graphics card do you have?
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September 20, 2011 9:39:54 PM

GTX 570. Here's the list of all my specs just in case your wondering about something else:

CPU: BX80623I52500K INTEL CORE I5 3.30G 1155 6M BX
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2X4GB 1600 (8GB Kit)
GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD
HDD: 2X WD CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 64MB 3.5
PSU: SPI 1000W 80 PLUS ATX 12CM FAN
MB: ASUS P8P67-PROR ASUS S.1155 INTEL P67, ATX
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September 21, 2011 5:37:46 AM

Yeah then I don't know what the issue could be. Fraps doesn't encode at all during recording (not at default, at least), so it shouldn't take a lot of resources at all. Even from and to the same hard drive I've used Fraps to record high-resource games and I've not had a single issue. I also don't know Fraps well enough to give excellent commentary on it's fixing. What I'd do: Download and install the newest k-lite codec pack. It's free, just Google it, and download the Mega pack. See if it's not maybe a codec issue.
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September 21, 2011 12:03:45 PM

so just google "k-lite codec pack"?
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September 21, 2011 12:11:40 PM

So yea, I downloaded it (the mega pack). Installer was kind of confusing, so I just kind of associated everything and took the reccomended options. So do I need to do anything from here? Or does it run itself?
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September 21, 2011 1:25:44 PM

Codec are kinda like drivers - they are stored where they are and automatically used when needed. You need codecs for everything, it's the little piece of code needed for a PC to understand the format something is written in, be it audio or video. For example, to be able to play mp3 music, you'll need an .mp3 codec to play it. Same for all other audio and video. Some codecs come with your OS installation, some you download and install separately. Some are better than others, and it may be a codec issue causing your video to lag/stutter. Highly unlikely, but possible.
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September 21, 2011 7:37:12 PM

Oh. I see. :p  Well thx for the help :D 
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September 21, 2011 7:37:53 PM

Best answer selected by nadim615.
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September 22, 2011 11:33:54 PM

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