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large FPS and performance drop and stuttering sound often when playing games

Q: large FPS and performance drop and stuttering sound often when playing games

hello everyone, hope this is the right place to post this. if not, i apologise.

i am having some seriously annoying problem with my laptop i can't seem to figure out the cause of.
every certain set of minutes... in between 5 and 10 my laptop slows down tremendously. i don't know if this only occurs when i'm playing games or not, but i notice it heavily when in a game. my frame rates drop from say 40 to 12-15, heavy stuttering occurs and speakers start making very weird "scraping" sounds.

could anyone please help?


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A: large FPS and performance drop and stuttering sound often when playing games

does the laptop feel very warm?

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Hi there this isn't really for me - I Ient my girlfriend's old computer to a friend and he's been experiencing problems with sound.

When using winamp sometimes after a while the sound stops working. But winamp appears to not actually be playing songs. Like you'll click a song and equaliser bars go flat and don't measure sound like when a song is playing with the bass/treble or whatever going up an down with regards to what's happening in the song.

So it's not like the song is playing and no sound is coming out - the song is refusing to play. This problem is worse when playing pro evolution soccer on mute with winamp in the background.

He says when he's playing COD2 that the sound stutters and does it with increasing frequency and then eventually stops. This mostly happens when there's a lot happening on screen.

Restarting the whole machine seems to sort it out with regards to winamp but sometimes just restarting call of duty fixes the sound issues.

I remember having similar problems with operation flashpoint about 7 years ago but can't remember how I sorted it.

He has:

windows xp home SP2
p4 3.0ghz
onboard graphics
onboard sound

I told him it might be an overheating issue and to take the case off the computer and clean the dust out, could it be slightly more serious like the northbridge cooler gone bad?

Or is it a windows/driver problem?

I know there's not a lot of info here I'll ha... Read more

A:Stuttering/disappearing sound when playing some games or using winamp

Well the onboard sound is actually controlled by the South Bridge chip I believe; from what it sounds like (no pun intended) the drivers could be out of date. Winamp is usually super-reliable so I would check which version he is running and maybe give that an update, which is free. Also, make sure DirectX is up to date and have him run dxdiag to run the sound tests. START > Run > type dxdiag in the bar...

Personally, I would just invest in a dedicated sound adapter. You can get a decent Creative card for around $30 now and the sound quality would be much better anyways.

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I get random buzzing noise with micro freezing when im playing videos or playing games if the charger is plugged in.I did run diagnostics from SupportAssist but found no problem? I've only experienced buzzing noise whenever i suddenly connect my charger when im playing videos or gaming but now i think it gone worse.. I have all the latest drivers from dell and also updated the bios but still suddenly this problem appeared out of nowhere. Any help would be appreciated!specs:windows 10 creators updatei5 cpu8gb ramgtx 10501tb hdd

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Hi, I have an acer aspire V3-772G-7448, I just bought it about 5 or 6 months ago.

Basic specs:
Intel Core i7 4712MQ (2.30GHz)
8GB Memory 1TB HDD
1920 x 1080

This just happened this morning, after about 20-30 minutes my mouse starts stuttering and games where I would normally be fine running have a lot of lag that comes in pulses, not constant but about as often as my mouse stutters, every couple of seconds. At first I thought it was overheating but this seems to happen regardless of temperature. I looked up some solutions and at one point changed my it to boot with 4 processors, and it seemed to help for a bit(don't know why) but altogether things remain unchanged. Any help that anyone can offer? I haven't changed anything lately.

A:Drop in performance/ mouse stuttering after about 20 min

When such happens to me, I dial back [but not eliminate] my security monitoring, protecting, thinking I may have had my assertively-set configurations and eventual fallout come back to slowly haunt my computer and me. I'm just straw-grabbing. This might not apply to you.

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I've been using my AW15 R3 for half a year now, it has always been perfect. It handles game like Fallout4, NBA 2k18 and PUBG smoothly. Yesterday, out of nowhere, I started to experience FPS drop in games (i.e. 60 drop to 30 for 2K18, and 70 to 15 for PUBG)that were accompanied with sound stuttering. It happened at various frequency and seems to be more likely when there was intense sound effects.I have tried to re-install audio card and video card drivers and it didn't work. I did just installed the AW BIOS 1.2.0 BIOS update. I tried revert back to 1.1.9, it did not work. I ran Dell's online diagnostics and all my hardware seem to be functioning properly. And all video and sound played online or any where that is not in game seem to be fine. Could you please help me solve this, with this kind of FPS drop happening every several seconds I can't play any game anymore.


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Hi guys,

First of all merry christmas

I have a weird issue where when I play games my computer, including audio and video, sometimes hangs for 1 second and then resumes again. This seems to happen in every game I play and it's very frustrating.

I checked my processes and I do have a 'System interrupts' process that sometimes pops up. I run Windows 8.1 , have 8GB ram, and use a GTX680 with the latest nvidia drivers.

Attached you can find my DXDIAG report.

I ran CCleaner and also did some virus scans, but no luck.

Any thoughts guys?

A:Stuttering while playing games

well be a scientist and start experimenting!! come on man..

1. turn off all sound in game.. run game. does it stutter?

2. disable sound in your actual windows 8.1 - go into device manager etc.. then run game.. stutter????!!

3. when running a game, (if it doesn't crash it) press shift,ctrl, and ESC. Look for whats using hard drive and look through performance for any % like disk usage..

4. what games are stuttering?

i mean your problem is so in-general (lag in games) its so hard to determine where to start.. but yeah, drivers are a must..

video drivers, hard drive updates, windows updates, sound driver update a huge one....

but if your sound and video hangs.. its hard drive or memory trying to sort it out..

you usually should run games in a clean environment meaning you disabled all services and background apps you aren't using because you are playing a game.. and when you restart your computer all your services will come back anyway..

if you dont know how to do this post here again..

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A few weeks ago. I loaded up steam as normal i tried to load up a game and it said you are unable to play this game as you must update your Graphics Driver, So i updated all my drivers including my Graphics driver. And now every game i play it stutters constantly, My FPS is fine, its just stuttering, I open task manager and when i play games, My GPU usage is from 90-100% when playing games and when i load up my PC it is around 50% when i'm doing nothing. But for some reason if i share screens on e.g Discord i am able to run relatively smoothly.

Im thinking of sending my PC back to get a new Graphics card, but i thought i may as well ask before sending it off.

My Specs Are, GeForce GTX 950A, i7-6700 CPU and 12 GB Ram

But before i did this my PC ran perfectly!

A:PC Stuttering Constantly When Playing Games

We know nothing about your PC and its operating system, so do the following in it:

Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) file.
After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
Information about your PC will appear.
Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.


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I'm having some problems for about 3-4 weeks now.

Up until the first BSoD I could load two games at the same time and feel like nothing was wrong or slow. Now when I try to do this (for w/e reason), the 2nd game I start either freeze or loads but when I'm moving the mouse it stutters to 1fps movement, sound too. This happens in both games, exactly the same.

If I don't do anything, main menu animation, music runs just fine...

When I try running a game, for example CS:GO. It works fine a bit, then randomly freeze + loop sound and can't tab out. Only after I End Task the program it goes to normal, or so it seems. Then after I try to reenter the game, it freezes again and I get BSoD.

Another thing I found is, while a game is open and I'm tab out in firefox for example; scrolling, general movement of the browser is not fluid and has some stutter. It lags even when I try to drag something on desktop.

Ran multiple malware scans, even in parted magic (virus scaner) on flash drive boot, nothing of note was found.

Thought the problem was because of some part of the video driver, so I uninstalled it. Rebooted in Safe Mode and ran Display Driver Uninstaller to be sure nothing was left from the previous one, reinstalled the latest one and the problem still persisted. Reinstalled Windows with fresh drivers, same problem.
Unistalled .Net Framework rebooted, then unistalled ATI VDriver, rebooted. Did a windows update and it installed a fresh .Net, restarted and after that I in... Read more

A:BSoD while playing Games and stuttering


You're missing a couple of drivers.

SM Bus Controller PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E22&SUBSYS_1E221849&REV_04\3&11583659&0&FB The drivers for this device are not installed.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E31&SUBSYS_1E311849&REV_04\3&11583659&0&A0 The drivers for this device are not installed.
Go ahead and download and install the below drivers from the links provided

Intel USB 3.0 Driver:

Intel Chipset Driver: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/20775


Once you have done that, continue reading below:

Your BSOD suggests a problem with the ATi graphics card driver: atikmpag.sys

FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x116_IMAGE_atikmpag.sys
You may be having some conflicts regarding the onboard Intel graphics display and the ATi Radeon graphics card you have. There are a lot of errors relating the onboard graphics process so let's temporarily disable it while we continue to troubleshoot.

Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel Service igfxCUIService1.0.0.0 Running Auto Own Process c:\windows\system32\igfxcuiservice.exe Normal LocalSystem 0

6468 4/17/2015 7:09:34 PM "C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue\AppCrash_igfxCUIService.e_a7c7c9e8a7a1f457a98e109d32b247d585dbdaf5_040c2f78\Report.wer"
6468 4/19/2015 12:28:10 PM "C:\Users\All Users\Microso... Read more

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I've been scouring the web for a while now and haven't found the answer yet.

I'm running a Sony Vaio VPCEB laptop. I used this for gaming a year ago, and have started using it again. Now though, every few seconds while playing a game, the game will stutter or freeze for a couple seconds, then resume. It's made gaming impossible on the machine.

Using PC Wizard, it tells me my graphics hardware is the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD. This is no problem since all the games I play are old or emulated. I can't seem to find a driver for it either.

OS is Win7 x64. Any help you can offer would be great!

A:Vaio stuttering while playing games

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I have an about 2 weeks old HP Pavilion m9066.sc*, games have worked fine on it until now.
Yesterday I disabled some of Vista's services and after rebooting I started getting low performance in all of my games. My framerate would drop drastically when there's more than a few player models in my view and my average framerate has been about cut in half. I re-enabled the services but that didn't fix it! I doubt that it even caused the problem in the first place, but I honestly don't remember doing anything else that would explain this.

I have tried reinstalling my video drivers (tried both ForceWare 169.13b and 163.75) and cleaning with Driver Cleaner Pro. I've shut down all but necessary processes before gone in game. I've done spyware & virus scans. Vista is up to date and I've installed the hotfixes from Nvidia. DirectX won't update using End-User Runtime so I suppose it's up to date aswell. None of my components appear to be overheating either.

I really wouldn't want to have to reinstall Vista for a fix to this, perhaps someone here can help me? I'll try anything!

*HP Pavilion m9066.sc specs:
Athlon 64 X2 (B) 5000+ 2.6 GHz (65W)
Asus M2N68-LA (GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 Chipset)
3GB Ram
GeForce 8600GT 512MB
Windows Vista Home Premium

A:Sudden performance drop in games

Fixed, somehow Vista decided to enable power save mode continuously.

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i am running window 7 home premium 64 bit on my hp probook 4530s recently hp did all of the bios an other updatto my laptop and now whenever i watch a video, listen to music or try to play a game it stutters i've tried updating an downgrading my graphic card driver my sound card the video card is a intel HD graphics 3000

plz help..... before all those updates it was playing just fine... system restore is out of the question cuz it takes up memory on HD so i deleted it

A:stuttering while listening to music and playing games

Audio is on a shared IRQ (Interrupt) with a higher priority device. Thus the higher priority device can interrupt the sound if it needs to do something and thus you can get the stuttering. There can be other reasons but this is one to consider.

Uninstalling the sound, restarting the PC and then when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound and sometimes Windows will install it on a different IRQ and help with this problem.

Go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the sound and then LEFT click "uninstall". DO NOT check the box to also uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC.

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Been researching this problem (stuttering or chugging lag) for last few days. Unfortuneately I can find nothing conclusive solution wise and am a complete newb when it comes to PC tech stuff. I know enough to get around on my PCs (have 2) and install and play games etc. But when it comes to techincal stuff I am lost. So I finally broke down and decided to try some posting....

Have 2 PCs, older one runs my usual games fine, no apparent lag or problems. Newer one (bit over a year old) seems to have had lag problems ever since I bought it. At first I just assumed the lag was zone lag on the game I was playing (Everquest - online mmorgp) possibly because I was running three instances of the game (multiboxing) and perhaps just didnt have enough ram, but as time went by I noticed that:
1) the lag stutters and chugs
2) is somewhat intermittant - appears and vanishes at seemingly random times for no apparent reason/s (usually the lag issue isn't as bad at night - or if I stay in a certain zone for long periods of time, frequent zoning seems to make it worse - neither of these appear to be very consistant)
3) seems to affect any online games I use on 2nd PC (and thus far that is all I use it for)
4) is present even while one instance of a game is running

While it doesn't actually stop me from what i'm doing it is very annoying, and i'm very tired of having to deal with it.

General PC specs:
OS: WinXP HE version 2002 with SP3
PC: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Pr... Read more

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Hi, after moving to Windows 8 I noticed a performance loss in many video games. After doing some testing I came to the conclusion that it is caused by the DWM(Desktop Window Manager) stealing CPU cycles from the games.

In order to make completely sure DWM was the culprit I tested the same games in Windows 7 with DWM on and off and the results with Windows 7 DWM on were impacted very much the say way as they were in Windows 8. While running games in Fullscreen rather than windowed mode relieved some of the loss in Windows 8, Windows 7 with DWM off still performed better regardless of how the screen mode was set.

In Windows 7 it was very simple to temporarily disable DWM by editing the shortcut of a game however from what I understand it is not possible to disable DWM at all in Windows 8. I can't understand why Microsoft didn't bother implementing a way around this issue fully knowing it had caused the same problem in their previous operating system.

Has anyone come up with a way to eliminate the issues caused by the DWM in video games? I'm afraid if there really is no way to get around this issue I will be forced to go back to Windows 7.

A:DWM causing a significant performance drop in games.

I don't know much about this issue but I can share my experience.
I used Windows 7 DVM 1.1 and notice no impact of performance to my games and Windows 8 DWM has slight update 1.2 which still no impact to games.

What I want to know if your trying to get the every single drop of performance or really DWM is drastically impacting your games?
Looking at your system specs I can't tell if its the hardware not up to par or some software problem like a patch. Could you give like an example game that has a performance impact?

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I noticed this problem just yesterday when I downloaded the Torchlight 2 demo from Steam and started playing it on max settings.

Lo and behold, I only got 13fps while playing the game Which is weird because I'm able to hit ~25fps playing Crysis 2 on max (a game with much higher sysytem requirements)

After more observation since then, I've noticed that my laptop in general has slowed down a bit --- the mouse movement isn't as smooth, apps don't load as fast, and the system in general doesn't respond as quick as before.

So finally, I decided to benchmark my system again running Crysis 2 on max. Luckily, I benchmarked it two weeks ago using Fraps and got this result on max settings:

Ultra Detail; DX11; High-Res Textures
Min, Max, Avg
16, 31, 22.398

But just now when I benchmarked the game again - at the exact same part of the game I played before - I got this:

Ultra Detail; DX11; High-Res Textures
Min, Max, Avg
0, 22, 9.992

That's a 60% drop in FPS, which makes me positive that there's something wrong with my laptop....

...but I have no idea where to start diagnosing this problem My system specs are in my profile. Help please!

A:Sudden drop in performance by around 60% --- most noticeable in games.

I would start with checking and removing any malware, spyware and adware that might be on your system which does cause systems to slow down. Then go through your programs list and remove/un-install any software that you don't use anymore. Then use Ccleaner to clean up system and run the registry cleaner if you so desire. Then defrag your hard drive if not an SSD, then reboot.

Next, I would make sure I have all the latest drivers for all your hardware.

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Sorry about the title, I don't know what to say.

When playing any game or watching any video (on hard drive, dvd or streaming) or playing any game (2d simple, 3d intensive) my computer gets lag spikes and stutters, the sound kind of freezes every time it pauses.

My PC has never had this problem before, it started a couple of days ago.

My graphics card drivers are up to date and I have no idea what to do.


A:Lagging and stuttering while playing games and watching videos.

I have tried starting with no background applications and it doesn't change anything.

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Wasn't sure what this could be related to. If this is in the wrong section just let me know.

Well, this started about a week ago. I thought nothing about it. I thought it may have been a bad driver. So I updated my graphics driver, stuttering is still there. So next I tried to update my hard drive firmware, but the stuttering is still there. Next I tried, to update my bios, that didn't help it. Any ideas?

I have an asus g73jw laptop with the specs:

8gb of ram
Nvidia gtx 460m
Hard drive is a Momentus XT

If there is anything else you need just let me know.


A:[SOLVED] Weird video/audio stuttering when playing games

Turns out I just needed to update my drivers then run the games as an admin and it fixed itself.

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My laptop, i5 with hd3000 and nvs4200m. I use to play a game (lol) and it handle it pretty well. Now, when I change it to medium graphic settings, the fps drops to 8-10 and never goes up until I restart the game. I tried setting it back to the lowest graphic settings and it won't work.  No overheat. Fan and vents are clean. I was thinking maybe the GPU is having problems, but if it has problem and switches back to hd3000, would the fps goes back up? This is confusing...

A:playing games and drop fps

I got a laptop several months ago, a Lenovo Thinkpad T420 model Windows 7 with an Intel i5 2.5 GH processor (The sticker on the laptop says i7; must have been changed to either bring down the price or for an easy to backfire market practice) and it seems to easily handle almost every high end game, from Roblox and Rain World to Planetside 2. And it works amazingly; it's like a vintage gaming laptop that works amazingly. But it always hits some kind of point, maybe a spike in the system or software, and the frames for the game application and it only drop to be unplayable. The first few times playing the game, I can usually get a lot of progress done before it ends up doing this. I've been pointed to believe it's one of two things; It could be that the system fails to load something, so it ends up trying to put it into view but with it unloaded it creates tremendous problems as the system is constantly trying to show it. I've come to this theory because as I have turned the screen up in World of Tanks Blitz while it had insignificant lag (Not an unplayable temprarily set frame rate drop) it would stop lagging. Then when I looked a certain direction, it would happen again. The second theory is that there is something put into the software, maybe by Microsoft to make Windows 7 unusable through updates or through a driver glitch with multiple softwares controling the application. It would be extremely helpful if the softwares such as Nvidia, Lenovo, Windows 7, and Intel HD G... Read more

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My desktop keeps stuttering every few minutes or so. I have all of the drivers up to date and I cannot figure out what is wrong. The problem occurs the most while watching Netflix and playing games, but happens pretty regularly in general.

Core i7 2600k
Asus p8p67 deluxe
Asus Engtx 570
Corsair 8 gb 1600 mhz ram

A:Frequent Audio/Video stuttering while watching movies, playing games


I would suggest you to check the performance in “Safe mode with networking”.

Run the Windows Audio Playback Diagnose and Repair from the below MS FIX-IT: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/AudioPlayback/

You can even try running Microsoft Fix IT’s from the URL mentioned below according to the issue:

If this issue started occurring after doing some recent software changes on your computer, then I would suggest you to restore your system back to a date when it was working fine. System Restore will affect Windows system files, programs, and registry settings only.

Hope this helps.

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Hi I have noticed that I have been getting huge fps drops while playing most games. I get fps drops in bad company 2 and Crysis. I am not sure but I don't seem to notice fps drops when the settings are turned low however there are some hitches now and then but its often on high settings I get Fps drops. I am not sure if its the Graphics card or my system is acting as a bottleneck for the GPU. For reference I have recently got this graphics card which is MSI GTX 460 Hawk. I have currently ordered a new heatsink and fan for the CPU so I will be overclocking the CPU but in mean time are there any other suggestions?

A:Huge FPS drop while playing games

Hello there.

The only downside that i could think of is the fact that you're using DDR2 667MHz RAM, but that's it.

Try to turn down the clocks on the GTX 460 and bring them to the reference clocks to check if it is the Overclock.

Reference GTX 460 Clocks

Core Clock: 675Mhz
Shader Clock: 1350MHz.

MSI GTX 460 Hawk Clocks

Core Clock: 780MHz
Shader Clock: 1560MHz

Post back with the results

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Hi I have noticed that I have been getting huge fps drops while playing most games. I get fps drops in bad company 2 and Crysis. I am not sure but I don't seem to notice fps drops when the settings are turned low however there are some hitches now and then but its often on high settings I get Fps drops. I am not sure if its the Graphics card or my system is acting as a bottleneck for the GPU. For reference I have recently got this graphics card which is MSI GTX 460 Hawk. I have currently ordered a new heatsink and fan for the CPU so I will be overclocking the CPU but in mean time are there any other suggestions?

A:Huge FPS drop while playing games

I am sorry I created the thread under vista forums silly me :P

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One winxp based systen having P4 processor, 512 ddr ram, cd-rw, cd-rom and 2 hdd (80+80 Gb), has this peculiar problem. When we playing songs it stutters and breaks as if the system running low on ram or using lot of processor power. When system is formatted, everything runs o.k for few days and even months, but again the problem comes up.

Can anyone help??

A:Stuttering sound while playing music ...

dunno d00d...how often do you defragment your drive?

and what specific media player are you using?..if it by chance is the internal LW player then that's the problem as it sucks....

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I recently just upgraded my Mobo/CPU as well as RAM/PSU. Only hardware I brought over to the new PC was my Hard Drive and Vid card. I'm having issues of certain games (Bioshock,Hellgate:London Demo, Dance Online) having major static/stuttering during all aspects of the games. Other games such as Team Fortress 2/Crysis Demo are not having the issues at all, and everything is perfect. I don't have a sound card, so I'm using onboard. Should I buy a sound card as well?

I'm wondering if this is a software issue with the games themselves, or if it is my system?


Mobo : EVGA nVidia 650i Ultra
CPU : Intel Core2 Duo E6750
RAM : Corsair XMS2 2GB
Vid Card : nVidia 7900 GS

A:Sound is static/stuttering in certain games only....

Hello, EditCross, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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With regards to your problem, have you installed the latest nvidia drivers? Also, are you on windows xp or vista

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I usually am Playing League of Legends or World of Warcraft (not so much this game it does it) but on League of Legends... out of nowhere my game will drop from 30-40 FPS down to 7 FPS in an instant and then restarting the client does not work, and the rest of my PC starts to lag as well.. I have to do a soft reset on the computer and it works fine.

Any suggestions?

A:Sudden FPS drop when playing video games

have you checked your temps?

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It would be great if You guys could help me out with this FPS drop issue I've been dealing with for awhile now, I've got a high end system and it's really supposed to run the most recent games easily. I play Battlefield 4/Hardline/Bad Company 2 and on random occasions, My framerate will drop.
I've got the latest GPU drivers, I've used DDU and did a complete clean install of the GPU drivers.
I've basically updated everything including Windows updates, Chipset, etc.. except of BIOS due to the risks.
also I've unparked My CPU cores and I play these games on low at 1920x1080p at 144Hz with v-sync off.
I've even tried reformatting and doing a complete clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro x64 and the issue still occurs.


A:fps drop on random occasions while playing games

One thing to try is disable AV and see if any better.

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Intel Centrino duo CPU, 5200 RPM HD, 2gb ram and Nvidia 8600GT.

Previously, my laptop[Dell inspiron 1520] ran every game out there on
medium to high settings with a high amount of frames per seconds.
Surfing the internet, browsing whatever went smooth.

NOW though, everything I do is laggy, slow etc. The game Football
Manager 2009 runs so slow that it's unplayable.. when I play Warcraft
3, quite an old game, on the same settings that I used
previously(highest ofcourse, though 1024x784 resolution), I'm getting 20-30 frames per seconds..
When I previously had around 60-80 atleast.. the same can be said about
several others game as well. And since I'm using STEAM(Valve product)
on some of them, DVD's isn't required to play the game. Thus leaving
out the DVDrom. Playing LEFT 4 DEAD is also unplayable, last time I tried it, even on LOWER settings I had about 25 FPS when we didn't face the zombies.. but when the zombies arrived, I was down to 10 fps or something.. This was a game that was fully playable at higher settings, going smooth just a couple of weeks back.

When I'm watching the windows taskmanager to observe the CPU usage and
Memory usage etc, the memory is quite normal. The CPU is going bananas
if I drag a window(I.E winamp, MSN window etc) around the desktop at a
high pace. And sometimes it gets so laggy that the window gets
-temporary- "duplicated" many many times when I drag the window around.

When browsin... Read more

A:Major drop in performance, my Laptop(insp. 1520) running games/videos etc way slower than before

Hi guys,
I had a similar problem with one of my laptops. The problem for me was that the computer was EXTREMELY slow in general, for example when i clicked on the start menu, it took a few minutes for it to open. I tried everything, even a reinstallation of Windows Vista but it didn't solve my problem. To my big surprise, when I deactivated my wireless network card ( by accident ) the computer was back to normal again. I don't know how this is possible and sadly the warranty has expired so I can't get my wlan-card replaced.This is probably not the solution to your problem but I thought I'd share it anyway

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I hope i posted this in the right place

I put together my own pc a few months ago.
For awhile i have been getting fps lag spikes that make my game jerky for a few secs. When playing Guild wars 2 the spikes make my game very jerky for a seconds. When playing wow i some times get spikes that freeze my game for about a second then it jumps to where it should be.

Every now and again ill get a blue screen of death when playing a game, it has only happened when playing Star Wars the old republic and guild wars 2. Havent had a blue screen for awhile though.

I have a feeling something might be faulty like the cpu, ram or something else. I have done some ram and graphic card tests to see if i can find any errors but they all seem to say that its fine.
I know its not the graphics card because i updated my card from a gtc 560 to a gtx 650 and it still has the same problems.

Im pretty sure the jerky game play and the blue screens are related.
I have been trying to fix this for awhile but havent had much luck, Any help is very appreciated

I hope i posted this in the right place
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8169 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114242 MB, Free - 13026 MB; E: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 589625 MB;
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A:FPS drop/lagg spikes and BSOD playing games.

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This is a continuation of this topic. After getting autorun working, CDs and DVDs stutter. While playing a CD, the CPU usage stays around 30%, while it takes almost no CPU usage to play the same CD on a much older computer. While playing a DVD, the CPU usage is stuck at 100% and both sound and video stutter. This computer normally has about 70-90% CPU usage while playing DVDs. I installed a known working optical drive in this computer and experienced the same problem.The computer is an HP Pavilion ze1210 with an AMD Athlon XP-M 1400+ processor and 768MB of RAM. The computer worked fine before the autorun fix in the topic mentioned above.Also, I've already made 40 posts in four days, and all of them are related to problems with my own computers. That doesn't seem right.

A:Stuttering sound and high CPU usage when playing CDs and DVDs

What program do you use to play DVDs?Run the program listed below WHILE playing some DVD....Download Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspxUnzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.Click on View > Select Colunms.In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.Attach the file to your next reply.

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System build 11 months ago
Windows 7 Pro x64 Full Retail
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
AMD Radeon HD 6950
250GB M4-CT256M4SSD2 ATA Device (SATA-SSD) (OS)

I get BSOD sometimes when playing Battlefield 3, sometimes I dont get it. I also get BSOD when transferring large files from external hard drives or from my internal network. I dont know why?

A:BSOD @random transferring large files or playing BF3 and other games

Before going any further you need to fix this


The pre 2009 version of this driver is a known BSOD cause.

Please visit this link: Asus tek computer inc. -support- drivers and download p7p55d le

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P7P55D LE
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P5K-VM

Scroll down to the utilities category, then scroll down to the "atk0110 driver for windowsxp/vista/windows 7 32&64-bit" (it's about the 12th item down).

Download and install it.

Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers to check and make sure that the asacpi.sys file is date stamped from 2009 or 2010 (not before).

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Hi, My Sound lags/stutters on Video Games and or Youtube videos the most common problem for this is for example if im watching a youtube video or listening to a Podcast and browsing the web the sound stutters and glitches out and lags my whole computer.
My Computer Specs are Listed below.

GPU: GeForce GT 730

CPU: AMD FX 4300 Quad Core

Audio: Realtek HD Audio.
I just bought this Computer March 17th 2015 from IBuyPower so i don't know whats wrong with it

A:Windows 8.1 Sound Stuttering when Watching Youtube/Games

I assume, from your post, that this is only with on-line media.

Internet connection and speeds or congestion can cause what you are hearing. I have a high speed cable line (80 Mb/sec) and occasionally I get buffering on youtube. The originating server can cause this too.

Run a speed test and see what you come up with.

Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test

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Hi I've HP ENVY Notebook - m7-n011dx for a year and a couple of months now , it was operating perfectly for the past year but recently it starts lagging after playing for a while.I tried : 1- recovering the original windows.2- installing custom windows.3- updating the drivers and bios.4- replacing the harddrive.5- cleaning the air vents and applying new thermal grease to the processor and graphics card (although i'm not experiencing any heat issues)6- swapping the memory slots.but there were no difference still the same problem,please help as i'm out of options.

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Hello Sevenforums i got this problem playing high performance games..

When i enter the following games (below) my graphic hits 75 - 85 celcius (what worries me is the world of warcraft... It's only on HIGH and it goes to almost 90 celcius)

World of warcraft (high)
Battlefield 3 (Ultra)
Guild wars 2 (Ultra)

I was reading abit about this problem on google and saw a person telling another one that was having the same problem as me that a PSU could heat up your GPU if it is just under your GPU..

- My PSU is not far from my GPU and the fan on my PSU is almost just up against my GPU so i kinda wonder can a PSU really heat up my GPU that much?

My cousin got a very tiny case for his pc, he got a gtx 560ti and hits 65 - 70 celcius and goes 50fps in stormwind with 60+ players around him and 200 - 250fps outside stormwind. in stormwind i got 20 fps and in world i got 60 - 100 fps.

I got a Evga GTX 580 1534MB myself and should be alot better then the gtx 560TI.. He also runs 20 - 30 fps higher then me in Guild wars (60 - 90fps) i am running 30 - 50fps..

Any help would help me.. I've updated my specs and i will upload a picture of the inside of my pc when i get back my phone tomorrow!

Battlefield runs smooth but my pc is overheating.


- Nexuhildrix

A:GTX 580 overheating playing High Performance games

A 580 draws more power, and delivers far more performance than a 560 so it is not thta stragnge it will run warmer.

75-85C for a 580 is normal. Now, if you simply want it to run cooler theres a couple things you should do.

1. Clean out your case with some compressed air. Clean all the fans, filters and inside of everything well to get rid of as much dust as you can.

2. Improve airflow.
You'll want to make sure you have plenty of cool air cioming in, and towards the GPU from the front of the case. make sure there are no wires etc that can obstruct the airflow.

3. And lastly, you can use a program like eVGA Precision or Afterburner and create a custom fan profile. I have mine set to ramp up on the slope type settings. At 70C its running the fan at 60% which keeps it much cooler than the default speeds. Never really goes over 65-70 under heavy load.
Just depends on how cool you want it to run, how much airflow you have now, and how much noise you are willing to add to your PC. Faster fan speeds do improve temps, but increase noise a good deal too.

Also, on framerates.
You must consider the game settings used, as well as resolution. If hes running a lower resolution, it will be easier to get hifgher FPS with less for example.

Also, depending on your monitor, Vsync should be used.

heres why.
Lets say your monitor is 60hz. This means it can only display 60FPS, no matter what. If your GPU is drawing 10,000 FPS it doesnt matter. Only 60FPs gets displayed on the screen... Read more

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So I recently opened my CPU because it was lagging and I thought maybe a little clean up might do the trick. So I softly brushed the drivers inside the CPU to get some dust off. However, when I turned on my PC, it seems that whenever I watch videos or play games, a loud crackling sound comes out from my speakers. I don't know what is causing this.

I have tried disabling my drivers (sound and display) but to no avail. However, if I mute the volume on my sound driver, the sound disappears. Which lead me to the conclusion that it might be a conflict of sound and display.

Since the problem only occured when I opened my CPU and cleaned it, it might also be a wiring problem or something.

Can someone help me on this?

A:Crackling sound in speakers when video playing/playing games/anything with graphics

Have you tried a different set of speakers? Make sure the speakers are all the way plugged into the jack.

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So around the time of Dec. 2013 I decided it was time to buy/build my first custom computer. The computer is made of:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz


HDD: (1) SanDisk SDSSDXP240G ATA Device

Sound Card: (1) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (2) Realtek High Definition Audio

Graphic Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Power Supply: FirePower OCZ 850W ZX Series Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply

Mem: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB Kit (8GBx2) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 MT/s (PC3-14900) CL9 with 1.5V

The issue started sometime around Feb. 2014.

It started when I was playing Resident Evil 6 were my computer just randomly shut down. I dismissed the issue and rebooted my computer again and launched the game. Sure enough it ended up happening a second time. Eventually I noticed the trend in which if I played any performance heavy games (RE6, Skyrim, etc) the computer would randomly reboot. What puzzles me is that near Dec. I would play Assasins Creed 4: Black Flag for HOURS on the highest settings and it worked like a charm.

In the Event Viewer, I would get the Critical error:

Event 41
Task Category (63)

I used MemTest86+ which found no errors. I've been keeping an eye on my temperature using Thermal Radar II (software that came with MoBo) and noticed my CPU speed never goes above 60C when playing Skyrim. I made ... Read more

A:Random Reboot. Typically When Playing High Performance Games

Hello and welcome onetimer to check the PSU see this

Using HW Info

You can test the volts on the PSU with HWInfo HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 -Download < download the right bit version andclose the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power sectionwhere you will see what the volts are doing see my pic.

The original right hand window shows themachine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use themain left hand side panel


Open each + down into the componentitself and then click on it - in theright hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds andother essential info that device. See pic for example.
Seems like you have decent size PSU in there but just worth a check run this too
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator

or this one

Cooler Master Power Supply Calculator - Advance

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First off, my pc specs:

Motherboard: AsRock P5B-DE P965 Intel Chipset
GPU: NVidia GeForce 9800GT
CPU: GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
Soundcard: Soundblaser XFi Extreme Audio

So my issue is that if I start any graphical applications, like Steam or iTunes the following drivers start to spike

LatencyMon gives me the following
Your system appears to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks. You are likely to experience buffer underruns appearing as drop outs, clicks or pops. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. Also one or more ISR routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. One problem may be related to power management, disable CPU throttling settings in Control Panel and BIOS setup. Check for BIOS updates.
LatencyMon has been analyzing your system for 0:00:59 (h:mm:ss) on all processors in the system.

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A:Games and Graphical Applications makes sound slow/stutter, massive FPS drop

still the same. Btw, are you able to run the HDD in AHCI mode? Check this in the BIOS. But install the AHCI driver before doing this to avoid the 0x7b STOP error."A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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I have a powerful system but ? can't enjoy my gaming because of fps drop and stuttering.How can ? fix this problem? I think there is a problem with virtual memory.How can ? adjust it ?What should be parametres? Another question is my cpu is hotter than my gpu in games for example my gpu in 70c and my cpu especially core 1 and 3 over the 80 in cs go ? think there is a problem because it doesn't get hot even in gta 5.But there is fps drop and stuttering in every games.

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I have a turtle beach montego sound card and I am getting no sound when playing games. I have sound when playing a cd and sound when using windows. Are their known issues with this or is it just a setting in the multimedia and sound. I am using win 98 and the drivers have been recently deleted and reinstalled. I was getting no sound before.

A:no sound when playing games

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Hi, i recently bought a Geforce GTS 250 which is fully installed - but when playing FFXIV theres no sound at all.

Ive plugged in headphones and listened to music, but i cannot hear any in game sound

Anyone know any tricks?
Apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere and ive missed it

A:New GFX Card - no sound only when playing games

How is the screen connected to the moniutor?

Check the sound settings, and make sure its set for the headphone/speakers.

It might be that the game is trying to put its sound out thed hdmi plug.

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When I play games on my PC, certain sounds a subdued. Specifically voice sounds on some games are to quiet (even though voice is turned all the way up) or they cant be heard at all. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.


System Information
Time of this report: 8/14/2011, 18:08:41
Machine name: ZACH-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8168MB RAM
Page File: 1904MB used, 14431MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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A:Problem with sound while playing games

Is your Creative sound card rather old? Have you tried updating it's drivers from the Creative website?

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i am running Windows Vista Business 32-bit and whenever i play World of Warcraft or Crysis my sound gets echoy and it stutters. Its really annoying and i can play, the video runs fine, its the sound that gets to me. And i have a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4

I read a thread with the same problem as me, but the person had XP and he fixed the problem by going into device manager/ IDE ATA/ATAPI controller and unistalling the Primary IDE channel. Vista is a bit diffrent, it doesnt not have a Primary IDE channel under the IDE ATA/ATAPI controller folder.

A:Sound issues while playing games

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Hey all,

I'm new to this forum, so I'm sorry if my post doesn't have the correct format.

Now for the problem, I have Realtek HD Audio for my sound, but since a few windows 10 updates ago, my sound goes dead when playing games (League of legends, WoW aswell). I updated to the newest driver version (22 january 2016) for my audio device, but this didn't solve the problem. I couldn't find others with quite the same kind of problem, so I figured i had to create my own post. Solutions for others with a likewise problem, didn't solve my problem.

To be more clear on the actual problem: My sounds works fine, but after 5 minuten ingame, it starts with some "white noice" (this is the most accurate translation i could find, basically the quality becomes really bad and its starts becoming quieter), and after a minute or so, the sound goes totally off. Sometime it comes back (with bad quality) during the game, sometimes it doesn't. After a few minutes when finishing the game, the sound comes back totally fine like nothing happened.

It isn't only the sound of the game itself, all other sounds stop working (like radio on google chrome). When i look at playback devices, it acts as if it plays the sounds correctly (the green beams keep on moving).

Thanks in advance,

OS: Microsoft windows 10 64-bit

A:Sound goes dead when playing games

​help please:)

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I get the weirdest thing when playing games.

I have a DELL Inspiron N7110. It has both Nvidia 525, and an Intel VGA chip. Whenever the Nvidia VGA is used, i get weird static tv like hissing humming sound from the speakers.

I tried running benchmarks, the same.
I tried updating drivers, the same
I uninstalled the Nvidia Drivers, ran a game (using the Intel chip this time) and i dont get the static sounds.

Typically the dell representative told me to run the Diagnostic test. He didnt even know what a hybrid vga system was. Anyways....

Any advice?

A:Garbled sound when playing games.

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So I'm trying to figure out what's going on. One day my PC runs perfectly fine when playing games, but recently when I booted either Mount and Blade: Warband or Runescape, the sound is really distorted or staticy and accompanied by a small amount of lag.

Now I'm not entirely sure what the problem is, I've updated all of my drivers and everything should be good to go. I even disabled the VACs that I was using, although I'm not sure if they could have been a problem. But either way, none of those fixed the issue, so I was hoping somebody here could give me some advice.

I'm running with a GeForce GTX 960, 16GB RAM, and an AMD FX(tm)-8120 Eight-Core Processor.

If more information is needed, I'll add it, but if anybody could help me out, that'd be great!

EDIT: Newer games such as Wolfenstein or even Skyrim work and sound perfectly fine, it's only the slightly older games.

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Hello Sevenforums..
Lets just get right to the point

My friend told me about this game "Tribes" It's a fantasy shooting game. Requires a pretty good PC to run it on "very high" which i did. I didnt really have any lags or anything. Smooth gaming...

After 45min - 1hour playing this game. My pc suddenly starts to make this sound like it's "sparks" and my pc turns black for 2 - 4 secs. It did this 3 - 4 times in a row with 5 - 10 sec between. So i closed the game fast as possible and saw my graphic card running 70 degrease. My friend told me to take my cover on the side off to get a better airflow. I did it reduced it with 3 - 4 degrease.
With Cover on my PC runs 45 degrease with regular programs open. (Windows live messenger, Curse Client) And 2 - 3 internet browsers - Without my cover it runs 41 - 43 degrease. (My side cover got a 200x40 fan running on the side)
My question is:

What could cause these blackouts and the sparkling?? "Only tried this 1 time playing Tribes. I also got BF3 no problems playing that game"

Is 40 - 45 degrease to high running now game??

Does my PC suck lots of dust in without a side cover on??

Could my side fan be pushing air away from my GPU?? (causing the high degrease)
Thanks for reading my thread - Would be awesome if you knew what could cause this !

A:Sparkling sound playing games

While I'm not one of the gurus who regularly post here, the fact that you hear sparking noises and your display blacked out is definitely a Really Bad Thing. The graphics card might still work, but I'd recommend looking into getting a replacement before it's totally hosed.

40C is fine for CPU, my rig hits 50+ under full load. That's normal.

You can open the side casing cover if you want, but yes, watch out for dust.

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I'm not sure if I should make this here or in the game forum..sorry if I made the wrong choice. >_>

I'm using an old Soundblaster card, as I can't get the integrated sound card on my mobo working. The name of the sound card, based on what is on the card, is Soundblaster Live! 5.1 Digital. I'm using the Live! 5.1 drivers, as the 5.1 Digital are Dell only..even though my card did not come from a Dell. Oh well.

The problem is, while playing Guild Wars or WoW there is a pretty frequent 'feedback' type of sound. I've tried using headphones, and the sound is still present. However, the sound is NOT present while playing F.E.A.R.. If I turn off the background sounds and effects in Guild Wars, it stops it. Not sure with WoW. I'm fine with using either the integrated card or the PCI card, as long as sound is working fine. I'm not sure if I've done all that is needed to disable the integrated card, as all I've done is disable it in the Device Manager. I'm using Windows XP Prof..
EDIT: Disabling Hardware Acceleration in DXDiag seems to fix it. I've only tried it completely disabled and fully enabled, and only in Guild Wars. Will disabling it cause any problems?

EDIT2: No acceleration and basic acceleration seem to be fine. I just need to know if setting it to that will cause any problems.

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I'm getting blue screen of death when playing World of Tanks. Sometimes the sound gets really choppy before it crashes. Every time it does, the sound loops before BSOD. I had an xonar d1 that I removed. When I tried to uninstall the device the computer immediately BSOD. Currently I am running off on the onboard audio, but I am still getting BSOD. Drivers are all current. This is a pretty high end system that is not overclocked. MemTest Ran for 12+ hours with no errors. Any help will be appreciated.


Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
New install, not an upgrade.
OS installed January
Computer was built in Jan 2010, upgraded CPU, SSDs and Video Card Jan 2012

A:BSOD + sound loop when playing games

Stop 0x124 is a hardware error

If you are overclocking try resetting your processor to standard settings and see if that helps.

If you continue to get BSOD here are some more things you may want to consider.

This is usually heat related, defective hardware, memory or even processor though it is"possible" that it is driver related (rare).

Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

A "stop 0x124" is fundamentally different to many other types of bluescreens because it stems from a hardware complaint.

Stop 0x124 minidumps contain very little practical information, and it is therefore necessary to approach the problem as a case of hardware in an unknown state of distress.
Generic "Stop 0x124" Troubleshooting Strategy:

1) Ensure that none of the hardware components are overclocked. Hardware that is driven beyond its design specifications - by overclocking - can malfunction in unpredictable ways.
2) Ensure that the machine is adequately cooled.
If there is any doubt, open up the side of the PC case (be mindful of any relevant warranty conditions!) and point a mains fan squarely at the motherboard. That will rule out most (lack of) cooling issues.
3) Update all hardware-related drivers: video, sound, RAID (if any), NIC... anything that interacts with a piece of hardware.
It is good practice to run the latest drivers anyway.
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Hi.. I've been having this problem for a bloody long time. I get black screen (but theres still looping sound) after playing some game for a while.. It seems like the black screen is coming at random times. The games that doesn't crash on me is Warcraft 3 and WoW.. Seems like blizzard makes good games.. And games that crash on me is counter strike source, portal and teamfortress 2 and others.

My specs.

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Language: English
System Model: P5K-E
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/08/08 18:33:33 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs)
Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 749MB used, 4461MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 10.0 (4.10.0000.18000)

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9600 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0622&SUBSYS_827A1043&REV_A1
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.8250 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/27/2009 10:03:00, 6186880 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
Mini VDD Date: 3/27/2009 10:03:00, 6280416 bytes
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A:Screen goes black, but still have sound while playing games.

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