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Stuttering in games

by btraven42 / January 29, 2016 2:52 PM PST

Hi everyone!

I have a problem when I try to launch some of my games: some of them are stuttering, they freeze for about 0.5 sec (sound stops as well). I have tried different compatibility modes, uninstalled all my drivers and reinstalled the latest, scanned it with MSE and cleaned it with CCleaner and ZHP Cleaner but the problem is still there.

It is really weird because the problem occurs randomly : some of my games never experience the problem, and for the other ones, sometimes everything will be fine, but when I reboot it, it starts to stutter again. And apparently it is not due to the limitation of my computer, because I have recent games (like Dead Space or Borderland) which are perfectly fine, and I have "old" games (like Dark Reign 2 or Baldur's Gate) that are causing issues (well, I also have recent games which stutters and old one that don't, so I can't find the logic).

Do you have any idea about what is going on?

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Not yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 3:00 PM PST
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My son has a new gamer laptop and similar issue. Yesterday Nvidia released a new driver and now what he saw is gone.

But I can't say this applies. Any reason I can't find the PC make and model?

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How about some details.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 3:01 PM PST
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Such as, machine, model, OS and age.
Dafydd.

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My mistake
by btraven42 / January 29, 2016 3:08 PM PST

I forgot to provide those details, so here they are.

Machine: HP Probook 4535s
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
Age: 3.5 years
Processor: AMD A6-3400M APU
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7400M
8 Go RAM

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Tell us about your cleaning regime.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 3:13 PM PST
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That is, last time you used canned air and replaced thermal paste.
Dafydd.

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Cleaning regime
by btraven42 / January 29, 2016 3:15 PM PST

I used canned air about a week ago while I was trying to fix the problem, but before that I think that the last time was about 1 year ago. I have never changed the thermal paste.

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That should occasionally glitch on gaming.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 3:17 PM PST
In reply to: My mistake

My son played on an A8 but this is another notch lower. You have to reduce settings until it works. This is not a gamer laptop. It will game, but with issues. To make matters more fun, it might be OK one run and not the next.

Causes are all over the map from an antivirus is scanning, Microsoft is updating and other. These A6 and lower models don't have any spare horsepower so you're never sure of the performance.

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Settings
by btraven42 / January 29, 2016 3:28 PM PST

For recent games, I always play with settings at the minimum, because I am aware that this is not a gaming laptop. And that was perfectly fine until a few weeks ago. So is there any way to see if it is because I accidentally caught an adware or something similar, or if there is a problem with the hardware?

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There are updates all over from MSFT, AV and more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2016 3:42 PM PST
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