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GeForce GT 540M & Warcraft 3

by asimov231 / May 16, 2011 5:15 PM PDT

My laptop and games work generally nice, however I am always unsure which GeForce/NVIDIA settings to use for my GPU.

PROBLEM: Every time I play Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne; the game makes a short stop when I select units or buildings for the first time, also when texts appear on the game screen. I dont like this glitching.

Same for Total Annihilation, selecting factories or construction units or scrolling their build menu pages for the first time makes the game stop/glitch for a second. After the first glitch it is fine. However each time I run the game it stops on every menu for just a half second... very annoying.

How to fix this? I am sure it is about my GeForce..

my Acer Aspire 5750G laptop is running;
Windows 7 English 64bit
Intel Core i5-2410M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
8Gb DDR3 1033MHz
15.6" HD LED LCD

Games in question:
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (latest B.net patch)
Total Annihilation 3.1

I'm running latest NVIDIA drivers for my GeForce.

These are my Global Settings:

Ambient Occlusion = Off
Anisotropic filtering = Application-controlled
Antialiasing - Gamma correction = Off
Antialiasing - Mode = Application-controlled
Antialiasing - Setting = Application-controlled
Antialiasing - Transparency = Off
CUDA - GPUs = All
Maximum pre-rendered frames = 3
Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration = Multiple display performance mode
Power Management Mode = Adaptive
Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization = Off
Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias = Allow
Texture filtering - Quality = Quality
Texture filtering - Trilinear Optimization = On
Threaded optimization = Auto
Triple Buffering = Off
Vertical sync = use the 3D application setting

Thanks for the help in advance!

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Homestly
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2011 11:34 PM PDT

Honestly, that sounds more like an issue with your system having to do a quick dump-read of the RAM.

What can happen a lot of times, is people with large amounts of RAM, like you have, tend to think that they don't necessarily need to close other programs. So you just leave a bunch of things open, then load up a game, and since it's a somewhat older game, figure it won't be that taxing on your system. But without getting into a lot of OS and memory management theory, basically your RAM is full so the OS only loads parts of the game, and then when you need this or that function, like selecting a building to build units, it has to run to the HDD to get the info.

So next time, try closing down some programs you have running, see if that helps.

And for the record, even games as old as WC3 and TA, are pushing it for what you want to run on a laptop. Laptops are NOT suited for gaming, ESPECIALLY the so-called gaming laptops. Those tend to burn themselves out within 18 months. Even older games like WC3 are likely going to shorten the lifespan of that laptop if you play them for more than an hour at a time.

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by asimov231 / May 17, 2011 2:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Homestly

Thanks for the response.. I do use this for some light gaming.. however this laptop is brand new and I am not running anything else than the game. Only Avast AV and Comodo FW are on..
and its only on the unit menus, they have some sort of picture graphics that forces something to load them differently.. I still think its GPU..

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