Taeja_D Jan 29 @ 10:14am
Why Did Updating my Graphic Drivers Make L4D2's Load Times Fast as Lightening??!
I have looked all over for the answer, and I'm hoping someone here would possibly give some insight.

I have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti Card. My load times are atrocious..we're talking at least 2-3 minutes just to load the campaign and then 3-4 minutes loading maps for each campaign, which is a pain! By the time I finally get in the game, my team is moving through the map already.

Here's the thing. As soon as I update my graphic card drivers, the load time is lightening fast, for a while..maybe 2-4 weeks. What previously took 3 minutes now takes about 20 seconds! Then slowly over time the load time starts to creep again until it's unbearable.

My question is, does anyone know why this is? I've checked the settings in the game after the driver update to see if anything has changed, and it hasn't. If I could possibly find out why my load times become faster, perhaps I can keep the load times at its current rate. Any enlightment on this would be appreciated.
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(ΘČĐ)™Conrad925 Jan 29 @ 1:04pm 
Open task monitor and check your resource monitor to see if you have some malware hogging your memory or network bandwidth while the game is loading. I had a virus/malware that was hogging all my resources, running cpu/memory/network utilization to 100%, making it impossible to do anything at more than a snail's pace.
Chargeit Jan 29 @ 1:22pm 
You might need to clear up some hdd space, and temp files.

If your hdd is past 50% full, than it's running less than optimal. (I don't think this is your problem however)

Do you use sleep, if so, you really should consider fully powering down your system every few days.

Do you use ShadowPlay (I'm not sure if that card supports it), if so, make sure it is fully disabled. I'd also suggest getting rid of Geforce Experience all together.

I used experience for shadow play, and it manged to write 3 tb as temp files to my SSD without me realizing it. (Everything was pointed towards my HDD).

As the guy above said, make sure you don't have something going on in the background that would cause issues.
Taeja_D Jan 29 @ 2:40pm 
Originally posted by Chargeit:
You might need to clear up some hdd space, and temp files.

If your hdd is past 50% full, than it's running less than optimal. (I don't think this is your problem however)

Do you use sleep, if so, you really should consider fully powering down your system every few days.

Do you use ShadowPlay (I'm not sure if that card supports it), if so, make sure it is fully disabled. I'd also suggest getting rid of Geforce Experience all together.

I used experience for shadow play, and it manged to write 3 tb as temp files to my SSD without me realizing it. (Everything was pointed towards my HDD).

As the guy above said, make sure you don't have something going on in the background that would cause issues.

I have been told that it could be my hdd as well. However, I have 615gb of free space on my drive and have recently defrag'ed it.

I do have GeForce Experience, but I do not use ShadowPlay even though that was one of the new features with the current Beta update for the driver..

I do put my computer in sleep mode EVERYDAY and seldom restart. Could this be the problem? Although, that would mean when your restart your computer, the load times should be fast again, right? Well, they aren't. :(

As far as anything malicious running in the background, I keep up-to-date with my anitivirus software and try and make sure nothing is going on in the background. I just find it extremely odd that once I update my driver, it runs fast for awhile, then goes back to its old ways. I'll keep looking.
gorman (back 12th august) Jan 29 @ 2:45pm 
Did you remove the previous videocard 100% clean, before you installed the new one? Or did you just overwrite the old one?

Also about malware, you need other programs than just antivirus. Like ccleaner and malwarebytes-antimalware.
Also, try and defra using the inbuilt tool with steam. Where you defrag the game.
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Chargeit Jan 29 @ 3:10pm 
A few possible issues.

Ok, your RAM could be going bad. Does sleep ever give you issues, does your web browser load slowly. I just had to replace my laptops ram. It did things such as access the hard drive fine, but, when it came to things like going into or coming out of sleep, it would crawl, or, if I opened up chrome it would take forever to fully load. The ram was bad, and needed replacing. Now it runs as expected.

Your HDD could be going bad. Does it take too long for you to do simple things like open up a large file, or install something? Does it make odd sounds that it didn't before?

Basically, you said it takes forever for your game to load up. This could be because your HDD is going bad, and it's reading slowly, or, because your ram is going bad, and it takes it longer to load things into it.

I'd say if your system access the HDD fine, without feeling clunky, it's very likely your ram.

If you feel like anything involving your HDD is clunky, it may be the HDD.

I'm not sure what your monetary situation is like, but, I'd look at it in this order... Ram --> HDD --> GPU.

Also, what are your system stats?

***I'll tell you, ram going bad, be it system, or your GPU ram, will very negatively affect your system performance.
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Taeja_D Jan 29 @ 3:39pm 
Originally posted by Chargeit:
A few possible issues.

Ok, your RAM could be going bad. Does sleep ever give you issues, does your web browser load slowly. I just had to replace my laptops ram. It did things such as access the hard drive fine, but, when it came to things like going into or coming out of sleep, it would crawl, or, if I opened up chrome it would take forever to fully load. The ram was bad, and needed replacing. Now it runs as expected.

Your HDD could be going bad. Does it take too long for you to do simple things like open up a large file, or install something? Does it make odd sounds that it didn't before?

Basically, you said it takes forever for your game to load up. This could be because your HDD is going bad, and it's reading slowly, or, because your ram is going bad, and it takes it longer to load things into it.

I'd say if your system access the HDD fine, without feeling clunky, it's very likely your ram.

If you feel like anything involving your HDD is clunky, it may be the HDD.

I'm not sure what your monetary situation is like, but, I'd look at it in this order... Ram --> HDD --> GPU.

Also, what are your system stats?

***I'll tell you, ram going bad, be it system, or your GPU ram, will very negatively affect your system performance.


My system will be a year old in February and it hasn't given me one problem since i put it together. Nothing runs slow. Opening up files, coming out of sleep mode, downloading things or opening up web browsers is not a problem. L4D2 is the only problem that I have with this system. It's as quiet as a mouse and doesn't take long to do tasks.

I'm running windows 7-64bit, amd a8-3870 processor that's 3.0ghz, again, Nvidia GeForce GTX550 Ti, 8gb RAM. It can't be the hardware if it suddenly speeds up after updating my driver on the graphic card. If it were the hardware, it would be slow all the time, regardless of updating drivers, wouldn't it?

Someone mentioned earlier that I need to check out my system with more than just anti-virus software to make sure its clean. Trust me, I have plenty of programs to help out such as Malware Bytes, SuperAntiSpyware, the list goes on. I'm clean, so far so good. Again, no other problems except with this game.


gorman (back 12th august) Jan 29 @ 3:54pm 
I also mention other things. Like have you tryed using the steam inbuilt game defrag tool?

Also, how many addons do you have activated at once?
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Taeja_D Jan 29 @ 3:58pm 
Originally posted by gorman:
I also mention other things. Like have you tryed using the steam inbuilt game defrag tool?

Also, how many addons do you have activated?

When the load times got really bad, i disabeled all but a few of the addons for a few guns and maybe a couple of mods for the survivors. Didn't do any good. And yes, I have verified the integrity of the cache several times. A few times Steam found a file or two that needed a fix, but that still didn't change the load times.
Chargeit Jan 29 @ 4:29pm 
When you said that it restarts and is slow, I assumed you meant the system, not just the game.


""I do put my computer in sleep mode EVERYDAY and seldom restart. Could this be the problem? Although, that would mean when your restart your computer, the load times should be fast again, right? Well, they aren't. :(""

My only other suggestion would be to try older drivers, and see if the issue still happens.

Taeja_D Jan 29 @ 4:53pm 
Originally posted by Chargeit:
When you said that it restarts and is slow, I assumed you meant the system, not just the game.

I'm sorry I wasn't more clear with that statement. What I was trying to say is that I usually keep my computer in Sleep Mode instead of shutting it down completely, nor do I restart the entire computer. Also the computer is NOT slow in any regards, except for being slow in loading L4D2.

Thank you for the advice, I appreciate it :)
THE PRO Jan 29 @ 5:59pm 
Rollback the graphics driver then update it again. Clean your system with Ccleaner, ect. Re-boot.
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