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Extreme video choppiness. 3-4 fps

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Andy McKee
Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 - 6:17 pm:   

Can't figure out why I get such low frame rates on my PC when playing games. I have a 400mhz AMD K62 CPU and a Voodoo 5 accelerator. Have the latest drivers for all my hardware that I am aware of, and have DirectX 8 installed as well. The latest game I am attempting to play calls for a 300mhz processor on it's minimum system requirements, so I don't know if maybe it's just time to get a new CPU or what.
Anyway, I do have a lot of free space on my hard drive, and have recently defragmented it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Andy McKee
Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 - 6:43 pm:   

Also, thought I better add this, after playing a game for awhile and it becomes extremely choppy, the entire system seems to lag from then on, no matter what it is I'm doing on it. So this leads me to believe it's not a video problem, but I don't know. Thanks
Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 - 4:18 am:   

Try switching to OpenGL video mode if the game supports it.

Some games won't support the MMX extensions that AMD processors use (3D NOW!), look for a patch from the game manufacturer.

Reduce the resolution you use to play the game. Higher resolutions can overtax the CPU, causing slow frame rates.

Make sure that your video card's fan is turning and that the airflow to it isn't obstructed by IDE or floppy cables and such. Overheating of the video processor can cause some strange behavior, and high-end gaming will definitely heat it up good.

Update the bios on your Voodoo. They come out with new versions quite often these days...

It might be time for a new motherboard and CPU. The K62 400 isn't much faster than a Pentium II 300 for most applications. Most system requirements mean Intel when they specify a processor speed.

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