PC is running terrible.

#1 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

So ever since I installed my gtx 260 (I have a 400 watt psu) everything has been running badly. Not only does the framerate suck but the game will go into slow motion! I mean actual slow motion not just a choppy framerate. Also I'm having sound issues, the sound of games will also be choppy and run in slow monition when the game does. Anyone know what's going on?

Thanks.

#2 Posted by DeF (4696 posts) -

sounds like you should post this on tested?

#3 Edited by Garfield518 (391 posts) -

Well, the minimum PSU requirement for a GTX 260 is 500w, so there's your problem.

Also, did you remember to update your drivers?

#4 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@Garfield518

Well, the minimum PSU requirement for a GTX 260 is 500w, so there's your problem.

Also, did you remember to update your drivers?

Yep, I updates my drivers. So would this cause the problems I'm having? I assumed if the watts were too low the gpu wouldn't work at all.
#5 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

400w with a system that has a GTX 260? Iz u serious?

#6 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree

400w with a system that has a GTX 260? Iz u serious?

Just upgraded my new computer and put the 260 into my old computer, it's not like I built a system to use a 400 watt PSU and a 260.
#7 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

Well, you best upgrade that PSU, dude.

#8 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree

Well, you best upgrade that PSU, dude.

Will do!
#9 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Looks like the sound is still going badly and the games are still laggy. What do I do now? Reinstall windows?

#10 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba: is that after a new PSU
#11 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@jetsetwillie said:

@NekuSakuraba: is that after a new PSU

Yes, it is.

#12 Posted by mak_wikus (476 posts) -

When my sound kept switching to slow motion and rebooting the PC almost immediately I bought a soundcard and disabled the onboard one. It helped.

#13 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@mak_wikus said:

When my sound kept switching to slow motion and rebooting the PC almost immediately I bought a soundcard and disabled the onboard one. It helped.

I have a sound card, it's not a fantastic one but it's there. Did you also hear crackling in the sound? That is also something happening with sound. Strangely it's only when playing games and doesn't take place when listening to music or watching videos on youtube.

#14 Posted by Piririn (81 posts) -

 
What are your other specs? 
 
Have you tried running any benchmarks?

#15 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

@mak_wikus said:

When my sound kept switching to slow motion and rebooting the PC almost immediately I bought a soundcard and disabled the onboard one. It helped.

I have a sound card, it's not a fantastic one but it's there. Did you also hear crackling in the sound? That is also something happening with sound. Strangely it's only when playing games and doesn't take place when listening to music or watching videos on youtube.

Scratch that, it's happening in videos also. What is going on?!

#16 Posted by FritzDude (2216 posts) -

What PSU did you upgrade to?

#17 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@Piririn said:

What are your other specs?

Have you tried running any benchmarks?

What benchmark should I run?

#18 Posted by HeadNodShy (72 posts) -

Are you having this issue only in game? Does this happen when you watch movies?

Are you using an AMD CPU?

Are you using Windows XP?

Do you know what your virtual memory is set to?

#19 Posted by Joru (311 posts) -

Reinstall your OS. That's the first thing you should consider when any weird performance problem occurs.

#20 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

I have -

Q6600

3 gbs of ddr2

GTX 260

850 watt PSU (not a big brand like thermaltake or anything)

Windows 7 64 bit (if i recall correctly)

What do you mean by virtual memory?

#21 Posted by Piririn (81 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:

@Piririn said:

What are your other specs?

Have you tried running any benchmarks?

What benchmark should I run?


You can try 3dmark or furmark. 
 
Also run dxdiag and check if anything looks wrong. (Run -> Dxdiag)  
#22 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@Piririn said:

@NekuSakuraba said:

@Piririn said:

What are your other specs?

Have you tried running any benchmarks?

What benchmark should I run?

You can try 3dmark or furmark. Also run dxdiag and check if anything looks wrong. (Run -> Dxdiag)

What do you mean check if anything looks wrong? What exactly am I looking for to be exact?

#23 Posted by Piririn (81 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba
 
It was merely to check if there was something really obvious, like errors with the sound driver or whatever. 
If something was wrong I think you would see it. 
  
Have you checked under the device manager that there are no conflicts/missing drivers there?  
 
Have you checked that your card is not overheating? (i doubt this since you are having problems with video aswell) 
 
My guess is that this is driver related, wich is why i might suggest you clean sweep your graphic drivers and resinstall them.
#24 Posted by HeadNodShy (72 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

What do you mean by virtual memory?

It's basically a section of your hard drive that is used as RAM. This is especially useful for people that have a small amount of physical RAM. 3GB could be close to the limit, depending on the game you are playing.

To check what Windows has set your virtual memory too, right-click on Computer > Properties. On the right side, click Change Settings. Click on the Advanced tab. Under Performance, click Settings. Click the Advanced tab. Under Virtual Memory it should show a value. Currently mine is 3965 MB. If you go into Change... it will usually be set to Automatically manage. If so, that shouldn't be your problem.

@NekuSakuraba said:

Q6600

This could be your problem. I read a forum post saying that the power saving feature that was introduced caused issues with Windows XP. That should have been fixed with Windows 7 but who knows. If you want to take a look, head here

#25 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Ok I'm running a benchmark now. Also, I couldn't find anything obvious or anything like that. Would these problems be fixed with a reinstall of windows however?

Also, why does it say my directX version is 11 if the 260 can only handle 10?

#26 Posted by Gnubberen (734 posts) -

@NekuSakuraba said:

Also, why does it say my directX version is 11 if the 260 can only handle 10?

Pretty sure that's just the software version

#27 Edited by Vextroid (1317 posts) -

What was your old card? Did you remove those drivers before installing these one? Re-Installing Windows should help and if the problem still continues it should rule out software issues.

EDIT: If you do choose to re-install windows, try running a movie with no drivers and see what happens, then with the drives that came with the disk and then the latest drivers from nVidia.

#28 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

@Vextroid said:

What was your old card? Did you remove those drivers before installing these one? Re-Installing Windows should help and if the problem still continues it should rule out software issues.

No, I forgot to remove the old cards drivers!

@rebgav said:

Open device manager, check that the system isn't reporting hardware issues or conflicts. (You're looking for yellow triangles with exclamation points)

Put the old gpu back in the system, see if it runs properly or if it has the same issues.

You have 3gbs of RAM, but are you using a tri-channel mobo? If you're using three RAM sticks in a dual channel machine, or one 2gb and one 1gb RAM stick then that might be your problem.

Have you tried running a game at the lowest settings and resolution and then increasing the settings incrementally to find the point at which performance goes to hell? That might be useful information.

Would the RAM be my problem if before installing the new GPU the computer was running fine?

#29 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

When on the internet my computer is running really badly and it keeps freezing. I hope this information help a bit.

#30 Posted by LethalKi11ler (1400 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba: What's the PSU brand? Xtremegamer brands seem to cause the exact problems you're listing. Also re-install OS and see if that fixes anything. If not then there's a piece of hardware in your machine that's causing those problems. Any new installations in it? When did you problem start? After installing the new graphics card? Are the internet problems happening when watching videos online or just normal websites? Flash-based or HTML-5 based? Did you overclock anything? Did you change the voltage associated to your machine in the BIOS when you changed cards? I had that problem with my cpu, I went from a E7400 to QX6700 and had so many problems and found out the voltage repartition in my system was too weak.
#31 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

as been said before. any odd problems you should re-install window to isolate whether its a hardware or software problem.  
 
if its still like that after you reload windows its GOT to be a hardware problem. 

#32 Edited by ShockD (2381 posts) -

Give your PC a re-install I say.

#33 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

I just re-installed windows and I'm waiting for the games to download now to see how they run. I must say though, it seems to be running a lot smoother.

#34 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Still running badly, re-install windows again? =/

#35 Posted by duder123 (54 posts) -

Try reinstalling audio drivers

#36 Posted by Zelyre (987 posts) -

Three gigs of ram is odd... How did you get 3 gigs of ram on your system?

2x1 gig modules + 2x 512?

3 1 gig modules?

Remove your ram and try a pair of matching size modules.

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