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I bought COD4 as a gift for my son through Steam, he installed Steam, got the game downloaded, installed but when playing it, whenever he switches to iron sights or fires his weapon, the framerate takes a 20-50 fps hitch and the only way I can describe it is kinda like lag. In the beginning of the SP, doing the CQB course, standup up on the platform where you grab the rope to begin, fps are like ~ 140-120, switching to iron sights or firing the weapon drops them down to ~100 and there is a noticable lag. His system specs:

AMD 64 X2 4600+
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playing COD4 at 1680x1050


I uninstalled/reinstalled 175.16 using driver cleaner
installed directX user runtimes for June2008
defragmented HD after isntalling everything
I tried lowering the rez to 1024x768 and did the same thing, no matter how much graphics stuff I turned down, the problem remained.

The weird part of this was that ETQW plays flawlessly and so did Crysis Demo. After they ran fine I figured it must have been a driver issue with COD4 thats when I put 175.16 on his machine. I use 175.16 and I get great results on my sig rig in COD4. Is it possible that it has something to do with getting the game from Steam as games like ETQW ( which is more demanding that COD4) and Crysis demo work fine?
Edited by mtbiker033 - 6/10/08 at 4:37am
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you defrag and search for adware regularly? maybe something is screwing with your game files. try advanced windowd care, wonderful free software (download.com)

or try format and reinstalling windows, that can do wonders to a rig.
    
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Do you run a lot of background apps whilst gaming? That may be the problem, I generally close everything that is unecessary when I game
    
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I'm a maintenance freak and I do CCleaner and I defrag often (after installing/uninstalling programs and at least once a week otherwise). I thought about reformatting also, I built this rig almost a year ago and it hasn't been reformatted yet. I did look through task manager and nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. It has AVG 8.0 on it. It's really weird that his non-steam games work fine?
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Disable everything thats running in the background....

If not then the only thing I can suggest is that CPU might not be able to hack what your computer is trying to do.
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Turn off Dept Of Field see if that does anything.
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Disable everything thats running in the background....

If not then the only thing I can suggest is that CPU might not be able to hack what your computer is trying to do.
That the CPU isn't up to the task was one of our first thoughts, however, it plays Enemy Territory Quake Wars & Crysis Demo perfectly. Really is strange. I don't have any issues with any of my steam games.
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Turn off Dept Of Field see if that does anything.
will try this out when I get home! thanks for the input!
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will try this out when I get home! thanks for the input!
I would agree that Depth of Field would be causing your FPS drop - it causes things you aren't focusing on with your weapon to blur out and only really takes effect when you're using iron sights.
    
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great suggestion and I will try it but it also does it when firing the weapon normally without aiming down the sights.
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