hello, ive been having this problem for sometime now. While playing Star wars the old republic my average frame rate is around 50fps. occasionally my system will spike and will reduce to 1-5fps (literary). when i close the game and reopen it, it reverts back to normal. this also happened when i used to play WoW but is becoming significantly more frequent. im not running anything in the background such as anti virus or spyware. any thoughts to a possible solution?
Could be related to heat. Could be related to issues that some video cards have with vsync (disable vsync and see if you no longer spike to extremely low fps). Could be a lot of things, not enough info about your computer or when it tends to happen in your post OP.
yeah i know i was kinda slacking with the details. i havnt noticed much of a pattern as to when it happens. and the computer isnt very hot. im playing on a desktop. the fans dont seem to be running very hard. i have 8 gigs of ram and a Nividia graphics card (im not sure witch one) my computer performance score is as followed
Graphics (desktop perf.):4.3
Gaming graphics (3D gaming):5.1
Primary hard disk: 5.9
*if theres any othe useful information i can provide ill be more than happy to
going by your windows xp index i would say you have a particularly weak gfx card. your cpu is roughly equivalent to an amd 5200x2 or intel e6300. so that shouldn't be the issue. but your gfx at 4.3 and 5.1 means its pretty poor at handling 2d and 3d so will only really be any good for watching movies and web surfing. as its roughly similar to an 8400gt in wie score... so the chances are your running your games at to high a setting thinking your pc can handle it, when by the looks of it, it cant.
ive got all my settings as low as they can go. ive been watching my task manager performance tab and im noticing a huge spike when the frame rate drops. something is using up my CPU periodicaly and i cant figure out what it is.
have a look in the system event logs to see if something is having an issue at that time. for instance I had the ipod helper app (or whatever), try and start every 5mins, and it would kick me out of a game, had to uninstall and reinstall itunes to resolve.
in the start menu, type event log, and there should be an event veiwer, the problem could be literally anything, so check for things that happened at the time that the slow down started. its a long shot to be honest.
For comparison, in case you arent fermiliar with the game im playing. these are the minimum requirements.
Minimum System Requirements
OS Windows XP, Vista/7
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
Windows XP: 1.5GB RAM • Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB RAM • PCs using a built-in graphical chipset, 2GB RAM recommended.
ATI X1800 or better* • nVidia 7800 or better* • Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
8x or better DVD-ROM
Your graphics solution is just above the minimum and far below anything approaching recommended. You need discrete graphics cards for modern games to maintain solid fps, in addition to a good cpu (don't know in your case but questionable since you're on a dual core) and enough ram (which you're fine on).