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Video stuttering in games

by bisquitpants / July 11, 2013 4:05 PM PDT

I have had the strangest problem for the last week, when I attempt to play computer games, the video (not audio) "stutters" every .5-2 seconds. By stuttering I mean the equivalent of a mini freeze, making playing impossible. The problem began very abruptly, and as far as I can remember I didn't do anything strange to proc this change. The most peculiar thing about it is that I can play online flash games on, for example, However games like TF2, minecraft, and League of Legends are impossible to play. For the record here is a list of things I have already tried.

1. 2 virus (full system) scans
2. 1 malware (full system) scan
3. Restarting/shutting down the computer
4. Unpluging/repluging my wireless router
5. Lowering the video settings of every game to the lowest
6. Taken the system off of power saving mode
7. Checked the cpu usage and memory in task manager while playing (normal)
8. Reinstalling games I have stuttering in
9. Googling my specific problem
10. Banging my head against the keyboard.

Any and all help is appreciated. I'm desperate.

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Are there any USB Drives attached?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2013 1:48 AM PDT

I didn't find much detail about this PC.

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by bisquitpants / July 13, 2013 10:59 AM PDT

There are 2 usb ports in front of the computer, but un/replugging things in and out doesn't seem to make a difference. It was pretty foolish of me to not include my specs in the original post, so here they are:
Processor - Intel Core i3 CPU 540@ 3.07 GHz
RAM - 4 GB (3.87 usable)
64 bit system on windows 7
DirectX 11
AMD Radeon HD 6450 video card

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The 6450 isn't too bad.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2013 11:24 AM PDT
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But it's too low end to not expect stuttering. However there is something recent that you should try. I think it's pretty deep end of the pool so I'll keep it simple. Uninstall any .NET you can as it's rarely needed and the issue about it recompiling binaries is something that can create a pause like this.

OK, USB again, what is plugged in? If it's some USB drive, the stutter is sadly expected.

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by bisquitpants / July 13, 2013 1:12 PM PDT

Sorry I didn't answer the USB question, I have a Razer Deathadder mouse and a stock keyboard in the back USB drives, and an Apple cable (no device attached) in the front. As to uninstalling any .NETs, I have no idea what that means. What is confusing about the problem is that my video card has been working perfectly for about a year and a half, and the stuttering just kind of appeared one day. Thanks for the help.

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Since you have USB drives
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2013 2:58 AM PDT
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I expect this to happen. It appears we are at an end since I've shared what I encounter and your reply is the usual it worked for a year and a half.

Hey, I hear that a lot and it's a sign that the owner needs time to ponder the discussion.

As to the .NET here's a discussion and again I know it's the deep end of the pool and only a little rare about the NGEN .NET RECOMPILING ASSEMBLIES issue but I bring it up so we have some ideas up for discussion. Read and there are dozens more.

If you can't bring yourself to change or unplug things I think I'm done for now.

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