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Gaming Performance Issues

Hello Everybody,

I'm in the 3rd Month of a frustrating ordeal with a custom built PC;

I'll explain the issue then post a DXDiag report.

The Issue:
While Playing DDO (Dungeons & Dragons Online) I'm experiencing FPS(frames per second) of around 2-50; while other players are running constantly above 100 FPS no matter what the condition is.

I thought it might be the network, considering the PC is a Quad-Core AMD 9500 2.20GHz; with 4GB DDR2 533 RAM; and an ATI Radeon 4890 with 1GB onboard memory... But I've done tracert's and ping -t tests to gls.ddo.com and all are coming back with great times... there was 1 however that was 2098MS delay in the Ping, but it was only once in a half hour gaming session... and while gaming the FPS is inconsistent, sometimes it's around 5FPS other times it's around 115 FPS, however 115 is the highest that I've achieved while gaming, which mean's it's very rare to achieve it, but I have done it, so I might as well mention it.

I've thought about overclocking my CPU, but I think it should work without overclocking, am I thinking wrong? Also, I'm not the best when it comes to overclocking, so I normally Don't Do It! Let's say Non-Knowledgeable.

I've also recently updated the Motherboard Bios which were originally from 2007; version 1604. Now it has version 2302 from 2009; I didn't download the beta, because it's "Beta" and I'm trying to solve problems not make more... But I found out today, there is stability issues... the PC Just shuts down, mid game... Running Real Player in the background, and that was the only other app running, and it just shut down, so I'm going to replace the Bios with Version 1604 so i can pin point the FPS issue within the game. I've messed with various settings within the game itself, and some seem to help others just hinder... Such as using the DirectX, if I do use it, the FPS is cut in half; LITERALLY. So I turned it off, and it goes back up.

Also Side Note about the BIOS: The DXDiag says it's V6.0; and this report was ran before the BIOS was updated; So now I'm actually questioning some things while I'm typing this... the Motherboard is an Asus M2A-VM, power supply is brand new 600W along with the Video Card, the ATI HD Radeon 4890; we needed the power supply to run the video card...

I am literally banging my head against a wall trying to figure this out and I need a fresh set of eyes on this.

I know i'm missing things from this post... So please just tell me what info you need, and we'll go from there...

My DXDiag Report:
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System Information
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Time of this report: 4/21/2010, 19:21:40
Machine name: CHACHI-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Basic (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100218-0019)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3838MB RAM
Page File: 2588MB used, 2223MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 64bit Unicode

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

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x9460)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9460&SUBSYS_27021682&REV_00
Display Memory: 2681 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1018 MB
Shared Memory: 1663 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Gateway EV500
Driver Name: atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx64.dll,atiumdva,atiumd64.dll,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver Version: 8.14.0010.0655 (English)
DDI Version: 10.1
BGRA Supported: No
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/16/2009 16:11:16, 3837440 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-D720-11CF-BD77-0807A1C2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x9460
SubSys ID: 0x27021682
Revision ID: 0x0000
Revision ID: 0x0000
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C
Deinterlace Caps: {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0883&SUBSYS_10438232&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 4/11/2009 01:39:51, 275456 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Microsoft
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Digital Output Device (SPDIF) (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0883&SUBSYS_10438232&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 4/11/2009 01:39:51, 275456 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Microsoft
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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Sound Capture Devices
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Description: Microphone (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Capture: Yes
Default Voice Capture: Yes
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 4/11/2009 01:39:51, 275456 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x1
Format Flags: 0xFFFFF

Description: Line In (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Capture: No
Default Voice Capture: No
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 4/11/2009 01:39:51, 275456 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x1
Format Flags: 0xFFFFF

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DirectInput Devices
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Device Name: Mouse
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Keyboard
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Poll w/ Interrupt: No

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USB Devices
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+ USB Root Hub
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x1002, 0x4387
| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub
| Service: usbhub
| Driver: usbhub.sys, 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
| Driver: usbd.sys, 1/19/2008 02:33:53, 7680 bytes

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Gameport Devices
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PS/2 Devices
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+ Standard PS/2 Keyboard
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0303
| Service: i8042prt
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 1/19/2008 02:28:08, 64000 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 1/19/2008 04:08:33, 42040 bytes
|
+ Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
| Upper Filters: kbdclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 1/19/2008 02:28:08, 64000 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 1/19/2008 04:08:33, 42040 bytes
|
+ PS/2 Compatible Mouse
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0f13
| Service: i8042prt
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 1/19/2008 02:28:08, 64000 bytes
| Driver: mouclass.sys, 1/19/2008 04:08:22, 39992 bytes
|
+ Terminal Server Mouse Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
| Upper Filters: mouclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: termdd.sys, 4/11/2009 03:15:53, 62440 bytes
| Driver: sermouse.sys, 1/19/2008 02:28:10, 26624 bytes
| Driver: mouclass.sys, 1/19/2008 04:08:22, 39992 bytes

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 52.5 GB
Total Space: 152.6 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 ATA Device

Drive: D:
Model: Optiarc DVD RW AD-7190A ATA Device
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:34:39, 79872 bytes

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System Devices
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Name: Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
Device ID: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&SUBSYS_81AA1043&REV_01\4&2E97D59A&0&0038
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\Rtlh64.sys, 6.203.0214.2008 (English), 2/14/2008 06:56:14, 160768 bytes

Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_AA30&SUBSYS_AA301682&REV_00\4&638E8BD&0&0110
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:41, 948736 bytes

Name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9460&SUBSYS_27021682&REV_00\4&638E8BD&0&0010
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\atikmdag.sys, 8.01.0001.0888 (English), 3/16/2009 17:34:24, 5203968 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ati2erec.dll, 1.00.0000.0019 (English), 3/16/2009 15:27:40, 53248 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd64.dll, 8.14.0010.0655 (English), 3/16/2009 16:05:30, 4930560 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd6a.dll, 8.14.0010.0221 (English), 3/16/2009 15:59:18, 5028864 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atitmm64.dll, 6.14.0011.0021 (English), 3/16/2009 16:26:10, 120320 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiicdxx.dat, 2/23/2009 17:39:30, 184394 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\amdpcom64.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 3/16/2009 15:42:04, 52224 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atimpc64.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 3/16/2009 15:42:02, 52224 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiadlxx.dll, 6.14.0010.1040 (English), 3/16/2009 15:41:30, 202240 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd6a.cap, 3/16/2009 15:56:44, 173776 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atimuixx.dll, 6.14.0010.1001 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:24, 12288 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe, 6.14.0011.1020 (English), 3/16/2009 16:27:20, 211968 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atieclxx.exe, 6.14.0011.1020 (English), 3/16/2009 16:27:50, 356864 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atipdl64.dll, 6.14.0010.2551 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:52, 418304 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiedu64.dll, 6.14.0010.2514 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:18, 59392 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ATIDEMGX.dll, 2.00.3362.27840 (English), 3/16/2009 16:28:00, 442368 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atio6axx.dll, 6.14.0010.8577 (English), 3/16/2009 16:20:28, 14927360 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticaldd64.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:35:54, 4249600 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticalrt64.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:36:20, 51712 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticalcl64.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:36:08, 42496 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atibtmon.exe, 2.00.0000.0000 (English), 3/3/2009 15:56:00, 118784 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atidxx64.dll, 8.15.0010.0190 (English), 3/16/2009 16:16:54, 2829824 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdag.dll, 8.14.0010.0655 (English), 3/16/2009 16:11:16, 3837440 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdva.dll, 8.14.0010.0221 (English), 3/16/2009 15:53:54, 4950528 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\amdpcom32.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 3/16/2009 15:41:56, 51712 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atimpc32.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 3/16/2009 15:41:54, 51712 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiadlxy.dll, 6.14.0010.1040 (English), 3/16/2009 15:41:24, 151552 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdva.cap, 3/16/2009 15:53:26, 173776 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atipdlxx.dll, 6.14.0010.2551 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:44, 348160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Oemdspif.dll, 6.15.0006.0005 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:30, 274432 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ati2edxx.dll, 6.14.0010.2514 (English), 3/16/2009 16:25:14, 43520 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atioglxx.dll, 6.14.0010.8577 (English), 3/16/2009 15:57:52, 11520000 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atidxx32.dll, 8.15.0010.0190 (English), 3/16/2009 16:21:58, 2381312 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticaldd.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:35:00, 3272704 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticalrt.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:36:18, 53248 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticalcl.dll, 6.14.0010.0255 (English), 3/16/2009 15:36:06, 53248 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\atiogl.xml, 2/4/2009 11:11:04, 15950 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ATIODCLI.exe, 1.00.0000.0001 (English), 2/3/2009 16:52:06, 51200 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ATIODE.exe, 1.00.0000.0001 (English), 2/18/2009 13:55:22, 332288 bytes

Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7917&SUBSYS_826D1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&38
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 03:15:31, 178664 bytes

Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7913&SUBSYS_826D1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&10
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 03:15:31, 178664 bytes

Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7910&SUBSYS_826D1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&00
Driver: n/a

Name: ATI I/O Communications Processor LPC Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_438D&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&A3
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:07:21, 17976 bytes

Name: AMD PCI IDE Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_438C&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&A1
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\amdide64.sys, 5.01.0000.0008 (English), 10/11/2007 21:40:14, 10632 bytes

Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_438B&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&9C
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_438A&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&9B
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4389&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&9A
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4388&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&99
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4387&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&98
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4386&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&9D
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:36, 49664 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:39, 259584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:52, 273920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hccoin.dll, 6.00.6000.16386 (English), 11/2/2006 07:17:29, 10752 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\hcrstco.dll, 6.00.6001.18000 (English), 1/19/2008 04:01:44, 17920 bytes

Name: ATI I/O Communications Processor SMBus Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4385&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_14\3&18D45AA6&0&A0
Driver: n/a

Name: ATI I/O Communications Processor PCI Bus Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4384&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&A4
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 03:15:31, 178664 bytes

Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4383&SUBSYS_82491043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&A2
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/11/2009 01:39:41, 948736 bytes

Name: AMD SATA Controller(Native IDE Mode)
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4380&SUBSYS_81EF1043&REV_00\3&18D45AA6&0&90
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\amdide64.sys, 5.01.0000.0008 (English), 10/11/2007 21:40:14, 10632 bytes

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DirectShow Filters
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DirectShow Filters:
WMAudio Decoder DMO,0x00800800,1,1,,
WMAPro over S/PDIF DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
WMSpeech Decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
MP3 Decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
Mpeg4s Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,,
WMV Screen decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
WMVideo Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,,
Mpeg43 Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,,
Mpeg4 Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,,
ATI Media Center Video Encoder,0x00600000,1,1,atimcenc64.dll,9.16.0000.30509
Full Screen Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Multiple File Output,0x00200000,2,2,WMM2FILT.dll,
WMT Black Frame Generator,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
WMT Import Filter,0x00200000,0,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
DV Muxer,0x00400000,0,0,,6.06.6001.18000
Color Space Converter,0x00400001,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
WMT Interlacer,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
WM ASF Reader,0x00400000,0,0,,11.00.6001.7000
Screen Capture filter,0x00200000,0,1,wmpsrcwp.dll,11.00.6001.7000
AVI Splitter,0x00600000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
VGA 16 Color Ditherer,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
AC3 Parser Filter,0x00600000,1,1,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.6002.18005
WMT Format Conversion,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
9x8Resize,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
StreamBufferSink,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.6001.18000
WMT Virtual Source,0x00200000,0,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
MJPEG Decompressor,0x00600000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
MPEG-I Stream Splitter,0x00600000,1,2,,6.06.6002.18158
SAMI (CC) Parser,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
VBI Codec,0x00600000,1,4,VBICodec.ax,6.06.6001.18000
ATI MPEG File Writer,0x00200000,1,0,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
ATI MPEG Video Decoder,0x005fffff,1,2,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
MPEG-2 Splitter,0x005fffff,1,0,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.6002.18005
WMT AudioAnalyzer,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Stretch Video,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Internal Script Command Renderer,0x00800001,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
MPEG Audio Decoder,0x03680001,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
DV Splitter,0x00600000,1,2,,6.06.6001.18000
Video Mixing Renderer 9,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
ATI Media Center Audio Encoder,0x00600000,1,1,atimcenc64.dll,9.16.0000.30509
Frame Eater,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Allocator Fix,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
ATI MPEG Audio Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
ACM Wrapper,0x00600000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
Video Renderer,0x00800001,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
MPEG-2 Video Stream Analyzer,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.6001.18000
ATI Media Center Multiplexer,0x00400000,2,1,atimcenc64.dll,9.16.0000.30509
Capture ASF Writer,0x00200000,0,0,WMM2FILT.dll,
Line 21 Decoder,0x00600000,1,1,,
Video Port Manager,0x00600000,2,1,,6.06.6002.18158
Video Renderer,0x00400000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Bitmap Generate,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
ATI MPEG Video Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
Proxy Sink,0x00200000,1,0,WMM2FILT.dll,
Proxy Source,0x00200000,0,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
ATI MPEG Multiplexer,0x00200000,2,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
WM ASF Writer,0x00400000,0,0,,11.00.6001.7000
VBI Surface Allocator,0x00600000,1,1,vbisurf.ax,6.00.6000.16386
WMT Sample Information Filter,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
File writer,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6001.18000
ATI Video Scaler Filter,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
DVD Navigator,0x00200000,0,3,,6.06.6002.18005
WMT DV Extract,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Overlay Mixer2,0x00200000,1,1,,
WST Pager,0x00800000,1,1,WSTPager.ax,6.06.6001.18000
MPEG-2 Demultiplexer,0x00600000,1,1,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.6002.18005
Record Queue,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
DV Video Decoder,0x00800000,1,1,,6.06.6001.18000
SampleGrabber,0x00200000,1,1,qedit.dll,6.06.6002.18005
Null Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,qedit.dll,6.06.6002.18005
WMT Log Filter,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
MPEG-2 Sections and Tables,0x005fffff,1,0,Mpeg2Data.ax,6.06.6001.18000
WMT Virtual Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,WMM2FILT.dll,
StreamBufferSource,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.6001.18000
Smart Tee,0x00200000,1,2,,6.06.6001.18000
Overlay Mixer,0x00200000,0,0,,
AVI Decompressor,0x00600000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
WMT MuxDeMux Filter,0x00200000,0,0,WMM2FILT.dll,
AVI/WAV File Source,0x00400000,0,2,,6.06.6002.18158
WMT Volume,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Wave Parser,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
MIDI Parser,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
Multi-file Parser,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
File stream renderer,0x00400000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
WMT VIH2 Fix,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
ATI Video Rotation Filter,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
AVI Mux,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6001.18000
Line 21 Decoder 2,0x00600002,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
File Source (Async.),0x00400000,0,1,,6.06.6002.18158
File Source (URL),0x00400000,0,1,,6.06.6002.18158
AudioRecorder WAV Dest,0x00200000,0,0,,6.00.6000.16386
AudioRecorder Wave Form,0x00200000,0,0,,6.00.6000.16386
SoundRecorder Null Renderer,0x00200000,0,0,,6.00.6000.16386
Infinite Pin Tee Filter,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6001.18000
WMT Switch Filter,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
Enhanced Video Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,evr.dll,6.00.6002.18005
Uncompressed Domain Shot Detection Filter,0x00200000,1,1,WMM2FILT.dll,
BDA MPEG2 Transport Information Filter,0x00200000,2,0,psisrndr.ax,6.06.6002.18005
MPEG Video Decoder,0x40000001,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158

WDM Streaming Tee/Splitter Devices:
Tee/Sink-to-Sink Converter,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000

WDM Streaming Data Transforms:
Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000

Video Compressors:
WMVideo8 Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
WMVideo9 Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
MSScreen 9 encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
DV Video Encoder,0x00200000,0,0,,6.06.6001.18000
MJPEG Compressor,0x00200000,0,0,,6.06.6002.18158

Audio Compressors:
WM Speech Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
WMAudio Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,,
ATI MPEG Audio Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,10.00.0000.31111
IMA ADPCM,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
PCM,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
Microsoft ADPCM,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
GSM 6.10,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
CCITT A-Law,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
CCITT u-Law,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158
MPEG Layer-3,0x00200000,1,1,,6.06.6002.18158

Audio Capture Sources:
Microphone (High Definition Aud,0x00200000,0,0,,6.06.6001.18000
Line In (High Definition Audio ,0x00200000,0,0,,6.06.6001.18000

Midi Renderers:
Default MidiOut Device,0x00800000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158

WDM Streaming Capture Devices:
HD Audio Mixed capture,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000

WDM Streaming Rendering Devices:
HD Audio Speaker,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000
HD Audio SPDIF out,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000

BDA Network Providers:
Microsoft ATSC Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.6000.16386
Microsoft DVBC Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.6000.16386
Microsoft DVBS Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.6000.16386
Microsoft DVBT Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.6000.16386
Microsoft Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSNP.ax,6.06.6002.18005

Multi-Instance Capable VBI Codecs:
VBI Codec,0x00600000,1,4,VBICodec.ax,6.06.6001.18000

BDA Transport Information Renderers:
BDA MPEG2 Transport Information Filter,0x00600000,2,0,psisrndr.ax,6.06.6002.18005
MPEG-2 Sections and Tables,0x00600000,1,0,Mpeg2Data.ax,6.06.6001.18000

BDA CP/CA Filters:
Decrypt/Tag,0x00600000,1,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.6002.18005
Encrypt/Tag,0x00200000,0,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.6002.18005
XDS Codec,0x00200000,0,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.6002.18005

WDM Streaming Communication Transforms:
Tee/Sink-to-Sink Converter,0x00200000,1,1,,6.00.6001.18000

Audio Renderers:
Speakers (High Definition Audio,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Default DirectSound Device,0x00800000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Default WaveOut Device,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
Digital Output Device (SPDIF) (,0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
DirectSound: Digital Output Device (SPDIF) (High Definition Audio Device),0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158
DirectSound: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device),0x00200000,1,0,,6.06.6002.18158

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although Dxdiag is a good place for info...

it doesn't tell us the nitty-gritty of your system (eg: PSU size/wattage, O/S-32 or 64 bit, RAM manufacturer, etc.), so I'm assuming you're using Vista 32 bit, form your post of 4 GB (usable 3.8 GB).

From this information; I went to http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=M2A-VM&SLanguage=en-us (looking up your mobo model), and found at least 4 drivers that are not up to date.
chipset driver (2008/1/1Cool
Realtek Audio Driver (2009/10/10)
Realtek Lan Driver (2008/1/1Cool
BIOS version 5001 (2010/4/14)

Your ATI 4000 series Catalyst drivers are also out of date:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=vista32/common-vista32

I don't know where you got the firmware drivers for the DVD/ROM, but here is the link for the latest firmware for your Optiarc:
http://www.sony-optiarc.eu/supportservice/downloads/archive/downloadsarchive/dvddrivesdesktoppcs/ad7190a.html

Some gamers claim that using an independant soundcard improves frame rates, and you don't have to spend a fortune on them:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010290057%205005%201101108503&name=7.1

From my own experience; I used to run with Windows XP 32 bit, once I changed to a 64 bit O/S, my frame rates went way up and were stable-no over-clocking needed.
Others say that shutting down some of the background services of your O/S will also improve frame rates; this can be done safely using either AMD's Fusion for Gaming http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_fusion.aspx?p=1 or Iobit's Game Booster http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

After you have installed the new drivers/ BIOS, etc. report back and tell us if anything has changed (better and/ or worse).

B.

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Here's Some More Info...

PSU: Coolmax 650W Model # NW-650B
O/S: Vista 64 Bit
RAM: Unknown Manufacturer - 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 PC5300

Now in regards to the BIOS... I've flashed the BIOS 8 times in the past 2 days, due to PC instability. I've used Version 5001 last night, and even though it performed better FPS wise; it was unstable and caused my system to crash while loading into the game or into a mission... So I'm back to using V1604 Beta only because that is the most stable BIOS version that I've found, I've tried: V2302, V2001, & V1705; but again, went back to using V1604...

I will upgrade my drivers via your posts, and also I have heard about the sound card thing.. I was going to try it last night, but unfortunately, I didn't have one laying around, so I'll go up to walmart tonight and get a cheapy that way I can return it if it doesn't help... But I am willing to TRY ANYTHING at this point.

In regards to the AMD Fusion, I do have that installed, and use the "Online Gaming" profile to shut down unnecessary background services and programs. And YES that does help, to my surprise... on average in an explorable area without Fusion running, it's around 40FPS; with Fusion running it's around 60FPS and with that running is when I saw an FPS of 115. So that I know works, and will recommend it to ANYONE with a compatible cpu.

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other sources for slow frame rates

I see that you are using a (very) small hard-drive; it's a well-known fact that the bigger the hard-drive the faster a computer will run.
With Vista 64 (I have it myself), I wouldn't use anything under 500 GB.

"Unknown RAM" go to the ASUS website and check their QVL for compatible RAM for your mobo, using 'cheapo' RAM will also cause instability issues.

Lastly, if you're going to buy a sound card, don't get a 'cheapo'; go down to your local computer parts store (newegg if you have one), and get a decent one there. A 'cheapo' sound card can add to the stability problem; and, at the same time may not be compatible with Vista (if the problem still persists using the new sound card, you can always return it).

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I have question...
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2 Rigs...

We are building 2 towers, I am going to be using the CPU & PSU from the tower that has been giving me problems.

I have other spare parts here, but i believe that is all I'll need.

And when did they change the OEM? Why did they change it? If your buying all the parts, have the knowledge to put it together, then why can't you use OEM? I don't understand why you can't use something you purchased. That's almost like going out, buying a brand new car, but then told, you can't drive it or anybody your related to can't drive it.

Anybody?

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