1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Problem Stuttering Graphics playing games

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by michael78, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    2,085
    29
    141
    Guys just some pointers please as I'm so out of touch with fixing desktop hardware these days and have an issue with my own PC. When playing games I get stuttering. It's not lag as it's offline as well and graphical settings are set to recommended and drivers up to date. Now usually this is an issue with the Graphics Card, RAM, PSU or general cooling issues. I don't think it's a cooling issue or RAM issue.

    So has anyone got any tips on software/hardware to test these components (cheaper the better if possible). I know of memtest86+ for RAM so I think thats covered (unless someone can suggest better software).
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    10,831
    357
    341
    What's the graphics card, game and the settings of the game that you're playing?

    I've had issues when the graphics card was the minimum that the game support and I was trying to run it with medium to high settings.

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  3. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    14,283
    254
    329
    what he said ^

    Use memtest86 on one stick of ram at atime for accuracy.

    Dowload Riva tuner and GPUz to check the temps and fan speed of the card.

    Check the BIOS for accuracy on voltages and cpu temps or you could download cpuid hardware monitor or core temp but the BIOS is most accurate.

    What are you systems specs? include everything including make and model of psu.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    896
    40
    84
    Yah, we really need to know the game and GPU you're using. Also, stuttering can sometimes come due to swapping, i.e. you don't have enough ram to run the game.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM
  5. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    2,085
    29
    141
    Sorry should of said. It happens on Medal of Honor and Call of Duty MWF2. The games are set to medium settings. I have a Palit 8800GT, Dual Core CPU (around 2.6GHz), 4GB RAM. Can't remember the PSU brand but it was an expensive and powerfull one. I've had the PC for around 3 years and it never used to do this. It sort of stutters and the picture flashes leading me to believe it's a hardware issue. Also had an issue with random switching itself off about 4 months ago that seemed to fix itself.
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  6. bazzawood30

    bazzawood30 Byte Poster

    176
    4
    17
    Random cut outs could point to psu. Have you tried running it at low detail to see if it improves.
     
    Certifications: ECDL,A+,N+,CCENT,CCNA,MCP,MCDST
  7. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    2,085
    29
    141
    I did think it was the PSU at first as it did it twice and has never shut down again. I don't know if it's a coincidence or not. I have lowered the settings but didn't test for long as I didn't have time.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  8. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    7,796
    71
    224
    I would try cleaning out the pc to start with, especially the cpu and graphics card fans. Maybe reseating the graphics card and the ram too.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  9. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    2,085
    29
    141
    Sounds like a plan, will strip the PC out and do a rebuild and test the RAM with Memtest and check temperatures as well. As this only seems to happen what is a rough ball point temperature for the CPU and GPU to run at under heavy load?
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  10. bazzawood30

    bazzawood30 Byte Poster

    176
    4
    17
    Your spec should be able to run the game, if it was a heat problem i would expect the stuttering to increase the longer you played as heat builds up. I would try some benchmarking software to stress test you system.
     
    Certifications: ECDL,A+,N+,CCENT,CCNA,MCP,MCDST
  11. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    1,336
    39
    97
    This.

    I'd also take the opportunity to do a fairly careful inspection of both the motherboard and graphics for any visible leakage/ bulging on any of the capacitors. I've had similar issues caused by failed capacitors (in one case the combination of bargain basement parts and a generic PSU caused the death of every single capacitor on the graphics card and half the caps on the mobo!) and even if your PSU is rock solid if the MOBO or GFX card have cheap caps on you can see an impressive failure rate!
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  12. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    14,283
    254
    329
    download riva tuner or gpuz and check the temps of the card. If your getting any artifacts this could mean vram damage which can be cause by heat or a dodgy psu.

    Check the BIOS for the 12v, 3.3 and 5v voltages just incase. if any of those voltages are above or below by 10% then your psu needs replacing.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  13. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    19,136
    462
    374
    Does the stuttering occur when you turn the settings down?
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  14. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    2,085
    29
    141
    I tried to turn the settings down and turn off all the extra graphical tweaks and I think there was still some stuttering. I haven't done much testing as I've got the throat infection from hell but will do in the next day or two.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  15. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    19,136
    462
    374
    I don't guess you've got a spare video card lying around. :)
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!

Share This Page

Loading...