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so i dont know whats causing the spikes

i do know that it only happens during games and that im TOLD its a CPU thing. the problem with checking what processes might cause the spike is they fluxuate and im in the game. i cant see whats spiking because after the spike it goes away and i cant get to it in time. you would recommend turning off stuff you dont need but i have no clue what stuff i dont need. the names are rather.... crazy.

i was told to download sysinternals monitors but they are even harder to read then reg windows one. would love some assistance
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Download MSI Afterburner, there is an on-screen list of CPU usage etc.. etc...

http://majorgeeks.com/MSI_Afterburner_d6254.html

Not 100% sure of what you are asking, but if something is spiking in your system, it could be conflicting software. To determine this, go to Start Menu, type: MSCONFIG, go to the "Startup" tab, and disable all, click okay and restart. Then try playing your game again, if the spikes continue, it could be related to hardware.
    
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thats partially what i need thank you

furthermore lets say it IS software related. when im in a game i cannot see the monitor tab of resources. how can i still see the program that spiked when by the time i minimized the game the spike is over.
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thats partially what i need thank you
furthermore lets say it IS software related. when im in a game i cannot see the monitor tab of resources. how can i still see the program that spiked when by the time i minimized the game the spike is over.

The on-screen display provided by MSI Afterburner will show you your resource usage, if all resources are maxed out try enabling V-Sync in the game.

Just out of curiosity, which game are you trying to play?

Here's a list of troubleshooting options you can try:

Locate the game.exe within program files, it should be in the local directory for that game.

Right click on the icon, go to properties, and enable compatibility mode for XP SP 1 (also try other settings)

Check the "run as administrator" box to ensure you have full administrative rights.

Open up Nvidia control panel, click manage 3D settings (it should take you there by default), and use global settings for anistropic filtering, antialiasing -gamma correction, antialiasing -mode, antialiasing transparency.

Set CUDA - GPU's to (All), Maximum pre-rendered frames to 8

Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration to single display performance mode

Power management mode to maximum performance, use global setting for all texture filtering options, disable triple buffering, and use the 3D application setting for V-Sync.

Also, update your graphics card drivers if you haven't already: http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7-winvista-64bit-296.10-whql-driver-uk.html

Disable any overclocks you currently have.

Try these and get back to me!

Also, you can run the game in window mode, with your task manager to the right. You can set this via the options menu within the game, or alternatively press ALT+Enter until you get reach window mode.

You can alter the resolution just like you alter the size of a picture in paint, drag the side down, it will scale with native resolutions so you may have to have a very small window to do this.

However, I am presuming it is either a driver issue, an issue with the game itself, a virus or unstable voltages.

Ram could also be an issue, are your timings set to the manufacture standards? You can enable XMP mode in the BIOS, that could remove any timing issues.
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The on-screen display provided by MSI Afterburner will show you your resource usage, if all resources are maxed out try enabling V-Sync in the game.
Just out of curiosity, which game are you trying to play?
Here's a list of troubleshooting options you can try:
Locate the game.exe within program files, it should be in the local directory for that game.
Right click on the icon, go to properties, and enable compatibility mode for XP SP 1 (also try other settings)
Check the "run as administrator" box to ensure you have full administrative rights.
Open up Nvidia control panel, click manage 3D settings (it should take you there by default), and use global settings for anistropic filtering, antialiasing -gamma correction, antialiasing -mode, antialiasing transparency.
Set CUDA - GPU's to (All), Maximum pre-rendered frames to 8
Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration to single display performance mode
Power management mode to maximum performance, use global setting for all texture filtering options, disable triple buffering, and use the 3D application setting for V-Sync.
Also, update your graphics card drivers if you haven't already: http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7-winvista-64bit-296.10-whql-driver-uk.html
Disable any overclocks you currently have.
Try these and get back to me!

this is all helpful except i cant actually LOOK at these screens guys. im IN the game when it happens. so when i close the game real fast to see whats causing the spike, its gone so it wont show up on these lists that these programs are monitoring.

also the spikes didnt exist before they are new so its something thats changed on my computer not something with the game


also as to your advice, i dont see "global" as an option unless you mean the settings that are preset? also no such option as service pack 1 exists the rest was done
Edited by eosgreen - 3/30/12 at 7:42pm
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What do you mean by "spiking"? I have no idea what you mean lolz.

Download the Aida64 trial. Under preferences, enable logging, and pick what you want logged then run your game.

You can look at the log after, and see a running log of everything, including background programs start/stop. I can't live without Aida64 (formerly Everest)
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this is all helpful except i cant actually LOOK at these screens guys. im IN the game when it happens. so when i close the game real fast to see whats causing the spike, its gone so it wont show up on these lists that these programs are monitoring.
also the spikes didnt exist before they are new so its something thats changed on my computer not something with the game
also as to your advice, i dont see "global" as an option unless you mean the settings that are preset?

I have added more to the bottom of that post, please revise the post lol!
    
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I have added more to the bottom of that post, please revise the post lol!

the thing is it COULD be anything which is frustrating. im currently NOT overclocked and it still happened. its been happening for a while, the freezing in the game only, and it wasnt before. so it has to be software imo, this or a recent hardware failure obviously but software seems the best to check first.



Aida64 trial will be tried thanks
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Download MSI Afterburner, there is an on-screen list of CPU usage etc.. etc...
http://majorgeeks.com/MSI_Afterburner_d6254.html
Not 100% sure of what you are asking, but if something is spiking in your system, it could be conflicting software. To determine this, go to Start Menu, type: MSCONFIG, go to the "Startup" tab, and disable all, click okay and restart. Then try playing your game again, if the spikes continue, it could be related to hardware.

spikes still happen but those cant be all the programs that im running... there are still tons of random ones
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You dont have to download anything extra or use any trial ware... just use Perfmon and start recording a data collector set while you play - see below:
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