I upgraded to Windows XP recently, and have since had a problem with games pausing. These pauses range from a fews seconds to as much as 10-15. I’ve experimented with various BIOS settings, but haven’t found the cause. It seems to happen mainly with 3D games. Can anyone offer a suggestion?
My system is a P4/2.26 GHz with 1 GB of DDR RAM, a GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and SoubdBlaster Live! Gamer sound card.
If it’s when 3d games are running, try running a couple in ‘windowed’ mode with the task manager open and the CPU tab selected ( to see what process is using the most CPU - there might be something there.)
otherwise - I shall do the usual and sugguest Update drivers for everything. ( including the motherboard )… maybe even get the latest Direct X if you haven’t already.
You could try turning off System Restore (right click “My Computer”, select the System Restore tab.)
XP does a lot of stuff in the background, but usually is good about not interrupting games and such.
Maybe your hard drive is in PIO mode? That would cause lots of pauses during any disk read. Check the IDE settings in the Device Manager. That can happen if XP detects any read errors on the hard drive.
When the game freezes can you tell if there is hard disk access or not?
I’m thinking it MIGHT be the indexing service. I’ve heard it can cause problems, so have never actually had it running.
Without going into the windows services you can stop it by right clicking on each hard drive in the my computers screen and select properties. Then uncheck the “Allow indexing service to …” box at the bottom. Make sure it’s applied to all subfolders.
I’m beginning to think it’s not a setting or conflict, but rather, an indication that some component of my computer is failing. I’ve gotten a couple of device failure errors in the last day, but no info on the source of the error. (Is this recorded in a file somewhere?) Is there a freeware diagnostic program somwhere that might help me find the source of this problem?
Thanks. The error log reveals that the driver for my graphics card was entering an infinite loop, and suggested updating it. Which I did. But, though I’m no l;onger getting errors, the pauses continue. :(
Lord, I hope I don’t have to replace this card. I haven’t had it that long. :(
Don’t you have another video card handy to test with? See if you can get one of your mates to lend you one. It really helps to put a component that’s known to be good in, just for a quick sanity test. If it solves the problem, then you can decide how best to resolve the issue, whether it’s plinking around the BIOS, fiddling with drivers, or buying a whole new card.