HELP! My FX 5600 runs 4 fps in Generals!!!

OK, I can't figure this one out. I *had* a P4-2.53Ghz, 1GB system with a Leadtek FX 5600 128MB card. At 1600x1200, I routinely got 20-30 fps on Command & Conquer Generals (even with lots of action on the screen).

I recently purchased a Dell Precision 650, 2.4Ghz XEON, 1GB DDR, and moved my Leadtek card to the new PC. Loaded up the latest nVidia driver (it was already installed on the previous PC), and I have the following anomolies when playing C&C:Generals:

1) At 1600x1200, medium quality, I get 4-8 fps (as reported by FRAPS)
2) If I ALT-TAB back to windows and ALT-TAB back to C&C, the frame rate rises instantly to 30 or so. After playing for a short time, the frame rate slows again to a crawl. ALT-TAB trick speeds it up again.
3) If the fps is 30+ and another game screen/windows appears, the frame rate slows to a crawl again.

I've tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling, and also reinstaling DirectX 9.0a. DXDIAG passes, BTW.

Also, and i'm not sure if this is normal, but in the nvidia display properties page, it shows BUS: AGP (PCI mode). Is that right? Why would it show AGP, but PCI mode?

Any ideas, anyone?

Thanks,

Darryl.

Dell Precision 650, Dual XEON 2.4Ghz, 1GB DDR, FX 5600 128MB, 180GB WD "Special Edition".
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  1. wierd that system should be pretty fast


    the 5600*nonultra* should be about as fast as a TI4200, and paired with that proc and ram it should be much more than sufficient

    check your motherboard drivers. get the newest ones from your board manufacturers site.

    check your Bios too, sisne you just got the system. maybe its on "default" settings. turn teh AGP up to 4x or watever and turn on pci bus master, fast writes (this doesnt do much) etc.

    CTRL ALT DEL to see if theres something grabbing your CPU?

    every 7 hours or so for me, Explorer.exe (windows itself) suddenly grabbs my CPU 100% and consumes 50m/ram up from the standard 10 or so. DONT ask my why. i have to reboot when this happens

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  2. Lol @ Phial.

    That crap used to happen to me on my soltek sl75drv4 and xp1900!
    Ive since upgraded and reformatted.

    I think it was some spyware junk for me.

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  3. Why did u decide to get XEON processors?
  4. but i havent installed anything that has spyware *i dont htink*

    and theres no other programs loaded. its "explorer.exe" itself!!! its wierd i have no clue why it does that

    maybe its an AXP/KT333 problem?

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  5. Because I got a tremendous deal on the system that I couldn't pass up! I've always been a 2 CPU person, but the noise and heat generated (DUAL AMD XP's) forced me back to a single P4. Then I found this great deal on a Dimension 650...

    This Dimension 650 is quiet and fairly cool running. It's a top notch system (but not just for gaming...C&C is the only game I really play).

    Dell Precision 650, Dual XEON 2.4Ghz, 1GB DDR, FX 5600 128MB, 180GB WD "Special Edition".
  6. Yeah, the same card ran fine in my P4 system. I was happy with the performance. I agree the system should be a screamer. There is no CPU "hogging" problems. The slowdown in C&C is very reproducable and predictable. What I can't figure out is why ALT-TAB'ing to Windows desktop and then back to C&C makes it work fast again.

    Odd....

    Dell Precision 650, Dual XEON 2.4Ghz, 1GB DDR, FX 5600 128MB, 180GB WD "Special Edition".
  7. very

    cant think of why! obscure software quirk

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  8. very

    cant think of why! obscure software quirk

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  9. OK. Figured it out. It was the chipset drivers for the E7505 chipset. I downloaded it from Dell and installed it.

    Suddenly, C&C works fine!!!

    Yeehaw!

    Thanks everyone.


    Dell Precision 650, Dual XEON 2.4Ghz, 1GB DDR, FX 5600 128MB, 180GB WD "Special Edition".
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