Pyhäpuu Apr 23, 2013 @ 1:35pm
Is there a way to make this game run better?
I'm having annoying lag spikes every five seconds sometimes. The fps is pretty good, pretty much 60, but I have to keep some settings down. Shadows, for example.

BUT, according to fact that I run Skyrim and Crysis 2 and other heavier games without any problems, I would suppose this game would be no problem too? Is there any possible solution where are these lag spikes coming from?

I did read somewhere that the game's so old that it only uses only one CPU.. similiar problem to Morrowind Overhaul.. Hope there's some way to fix it tho :D
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CarlinFan Apr 23, 2013 @ 1:45pm 
Nope. Not from what I can tell by looking at your specs, background processes etc pp... oh, wait... you didn't tell us about any of that.
Pyhäpuu Apr 23, 2013 @ 2:07pm 
Oh yeah...

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
System Model: Aspire M3970
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 530

Umm, was there some other information I need to put :D? I am aknowledged that my computer is by no means a beast gaming machine, specially with GT 530, but still I would suppose I should be able to run this..
CarlinFan Apr 23, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
I'm running it at max settings on an i7 2600, a GTX580 and an SSD and there is still some hitching every now and then. Engine limitations, maybe?

Are your drivers all up to date? Are these low FPS also occurring in windowed mode? Are you running any apps in the background? Is the HDD the game is installed to accessed at regular intervals while gaming (maybe by those hypothetically running apps?)

If those fps dips are occuring at a reliable interval independent from what you are actually doing in-game, it could probably be something like that.

You could download SysInternals Process Explorer and run it while gaming for a while, then check the graphs to look for possible culprits (CPU spikes or I/O operations from other processes, for example).

Edit: I assumed 'lag spikes' to mean that your FPS dip down, or do you mean hitching/stuttering, freezing for a bit?

Edit 2: meant to suggest using Process Explorer, not Process Monitor (which is also useful, nevertheless)
Last edited by CarlinFan; Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:53pm
Pyhäpuu Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:14pm 
Drivers are up to date. Haven't tested playing on windowed yet (don't tell me I have to do play on windowed :< kills all immersion).

"Is the HDD the game is installed to accessed at regular intervals while gaming (maybe by those hypothetically running apps?) " What did that excatly mean :D? I didn't understand.

"Edit: I assumed 'lag spikes' to mean that your FPS dip down, or do you mean hitching/stuttering, freezing for a bit?" The latter. Freezing for like half of a second every few seconds. Gets annoying. FPS isn't a problem. It's actually quite high, close to 60 I'd say.
CarlinFan Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:52pm 
Originally posted by Motö From Another Place:
What did that excatly mean :D? I didn't understand.

What I meant was that while you're playing, the game accesses the HDD to load its assets (it does not load absolutely everything into RAM during the loading screens). If other programs or Windows itself were also accessing the HDD (updating the search index, scanning your HDD for viruses, up-/downloading files, etc pp), it could lead to the game not loading everything in time - hitching/stuttering could occur.

Alas, we might as well forget that approach anyhow. I missed you mentioning Skyrim running without such hitches. Since Skyrim is way heavier on streaming assets from the HDD on the fly, you would most definitely notice similar problems while playing. You say you don't, so the HDD can't really be the cause.

All this is assuming, of course, that you are using an HDD instead of an SSD. Still, if you are using an HDD, defragmenting just for good measure can't hurt.


Are you familiar with Process Explorer[technet.microsoft.com]?
Pyhäpuu May 2, 2013 @ 7:50am 
Sorry I didn't respong earlier... The game's been running without noticable lag for sometime, so I didn't check the program yet. If I'm getting problems again, I'll check it out. Thanks anyway!
Lhivcedy May 14, 2013 @ 8:45am 
deactivate Windows Event Log service
marcus86ed May 26, 2013 @ 12:09am 
Originally posted by Lhivcedy:
deactivate Windows Event Log service

How? Step by step instructions?
Lhivcedy May 26, 2013 @ 12:55am 
msconfig>services>event log service>deactivate XD sorry my english is not good
[DARC] th3-0nly-1337 Jun 3, 2013 @ 1:59pm 
the problem with this game is that it is single-threaded. it will use only 1 CPU core and run that core to the ground. heck even with my Core i5 2500K overclocked to 4.6 GHz i still get 100% on one core while fps drops below 60 when i'm in a heavily populated area such as the center of the trade quarter. so my advice is to OC your cpu as high as possible
SHMIZZLE Jun 6, 2013 @ 1:37am 
well i have a intel i7 3630k sandy bridge (which is 6 core) at 4.0Ghz. My graphics is a gtx 690 and I get 300+frames a second. I think a 530 should handle this game, being it old and all. I think it may be your prossecor speed. Then again I'm not sure if it as something as simple as your drivers, try that first.
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