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  Topic : [Problem]Slow Down and Low FPS in Steam Games New Topic
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Posted:7/15/2011 4:28:00 AM # 1
I first noticed the stuttering problem with Half-life 2. Every time I started from a save point my FPS would nose dive and the game became choppy with the sound looping. After a few seconds the problem would disappear and I could play the game without any further problems. I recently downloaded Batman: AA GOTY and the same problem occurred but with greater frequency; it will slow down to the point of being unplayable. I attempted to adjust the settings to lower details but nothing changed. My FPS using the Batman benchmark was as low as 0. I installed the latest ATI/AMD drivers for my card (catalyst 11.6) and the game worked fine...until I shut off my computer and restarted it the following day. The low FPS problem re-emerged. I used drive sweeper and reinstalled 11.6 and the exact scenario occurred - smooth FPS until I shut down and restarted my computer.

I am currently using ASUS Smart Doctor to automatically adjust the fan speed. When I install the newer ATI drivers, Smart Doctor will report problems with another driver.  I noticed an ASUS driver with the ATI/AMD drivers for the video card.  Not sure if that has anything to do with my problem.  I have deleted Smart Doctor but that did not fix the problem.

This problem only occurs with Steam games (non-steam Bioshock worked great).

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Posted:7/15/2011 7:22:00 PM # 2
Turn off the Steam Overlay?? Sometimes it interferes with hardware monitoring programs and needs to be accounted for. MSI's Afterburner which you might consider using instead of Smartdoctor is one such program. But like I said the right settings and there's no problem.

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Posted:7/18/2011 12:44:00 PM # 3
Thanks for the ideas.  I tried running Steam in offline mode and I disabled the overlay but it did not help.  I am checking older drivers. I started with 10.6, 11.6, and 11.5 but nothing changed.  I will try reinstalling steam, the game, as well as older drivers to find the solution.  Currently, If I want to play the game, I have to reload the video drivers every time I boot my computer.  I deleted the ASUS Smart Doctor and started using MSI's Afterburner (thanks for suggesting it), but it didn't solve the problem either.  Something must be reloading/reinstalling on startup.  When I have more time, I will continue to work on this problem.

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Posted:7/18/2011 7:00:00 PM # 4
Could it be your cpu is overheating and throttling? Are you monitoring the temps? You could also try using msconfig to disable as many startup apps as possible. Or if it's been awhile a fresh OS install can do wonders.

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Posted:7/20/2011 4:15:00 AM # 5
Hardwood, I noticed you posted on my AMD thread but I wanted to post this here for anyone else trying to find a solution to a similar problem.  Thanks again for the help.

I believe I found my problem.  I installed the program GamerOSD from ASUS when I built my rig about a year ago.  Never used it and forgot that I even had it.  After deleting ASUS's Smart Doctor, I started looking for and deleting other ASUS programs that came with my video card. I rebooted my computer a few times and tested Batman: AA; everything worked without reinstalling catalyst every time I wanted to play.  I didn't realize that ASUS's video card programs were so poor.

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Posted:7/20/2011 6:24:00 PM # 6
Glad you found the problem. Yup, ASUS programs are not all that good. :(

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