New Core 2 Duo - Q few q's ??

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  1. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Hi guys,

    I just bought a Core 2 Duo 6600 with an MSI S775 Intel 975X mobo, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and Gainward Bliss Geforce 7600GT 'Golden Sample'. Fitted it all last night and loaded XP Pro SP2 with no problems. I used the mobo drivers from the disc that came with it, and standard Forceware drivers from NVIDIA. I currently don't have internet access at home so I need to get any additional software at work and burn it onto a disc.

    I have a few problems with games though. The Sims 2 and Oblivion both seem to flicker like crazy when I start them up, though Quake 4 seems to run fine. Far Cry seems to run ok but flickers slightly every now and then.

    Also, when I try to use the new NVIDIA control panel with the 'real time adjustments' thing, the system becomes incredibly slow and virtually stops.

    Finally, when I go into standby mode, the case fans continue to whir.

    Also, if anyone can suggest anything else I should download to improve other things then please let me know.


    Any help will be much appreciated, and reps will go out!
     
  2. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Lol, I had those exact problems with my AMD dual core.
    The only way that i fixed my game problems was to set that games Affinity to only use 1 cpu.

    Task Manager > Processes > Right Click Process > Set Affinity

    That fixed my games.
    The standby, well i never fixed that, it comes and goes :)

    -Jack
     
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  3. ray_gillespie

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    Hehe thanks for the help. I've just gone through my mobo manual and found a possible solution. In Power Management Setup in the BIOS, there should be an option to change ACPI Standby State from S1 (POS) to S3 (STR). I'm going to try that tonight, I'll let you know if it works!

    As for the games, will I need to do that every time I run them? Do you think this is related to the NVIDIA Control Panel problem?
     
  4. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    I know AMD Dual core processors need a little dual core optimiser add-in. Don't know if Intel have/need something similar?
     
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    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    If that is the problem, yes you will have to do it everytime you start that program.
    Which is very annoying, I have to do it everytime i play a GTA
     
  6. ray_gillespie

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    What a pain in the arse! It's not even working on Oblivion actually, Directx 9 seems to be where it's causing problems - OpenGL games seem to be ok. I've reinstalled DX9 and that's not fixed it. :(
     
  7. Shamus MacNoob

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    All you need to do is download Winlauncher and then make a list of your games and preset the affinity and whatever else you like and use that to launch games.
     

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  8. ray_gillespie

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    I've tried that and it still won't work - nothing I do seems to stop this flickering :(

    Is there any other method of forcing one core to be disabled? Thanks for all the help so far guys.
     
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    the directx 9 you installed... is it the lastest (feb 2007) redist? if not, try that one
    also, try updating mobo/gpu drivers if newers are available
     
  10. LordOfLA

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    this is almost always due to drivers being out of date :)
     
  11. Shamus MacNoob

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    If you use Winlauncher then the core's are set to either one or the other , but I think your problem is something else , and it could be drivers as stated bu Lord
     
  12. vertigo

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    AMD's dual core optimizer works on any dual core CPU (yep, even intel). it should solve any issues with games where the second core is the cuprit :)
     
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    I've updated everything I can but it still hasn't fixed the problem :(

    Which chipset drivers should I be using?
     
  14. ray_gillespie

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    Ok, I went as far as disabling one of the cores in the boot.ini file, to see what that did. Only one core showed up in Windows Task Manager but I am still getting the problem. I'm beginning to suspect some sort of video card trouble, though I have tried two sets of drivers and had no luck.

    Anyone got any other suggestions?
     
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    I think you need to try different video drivers and remember to use driver cleaner in between, not all drivers are good for all games, you might need to try 3 or 4 sets .
     
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    Long shots but:

    "Bliss Geforce 7600GT 'Golden Sample'" I assume by the name and it being Gainward the card is factory overclocked. Load ATItool and down clock it to standard settings just to make sure.

    Make sure the refresh rate is 70 or higher if CRT or that you are using the native resolution if it's an LCD monitor.
     
  18. ray_gillespie

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    Ok I downloaded the Ati tool and severely underclocked the graphics card, and it runs perfectly (though slowly!).

    Is my graphics card nailed?
     
  19. vertigo

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    maybe overheating
     
  20. Shamus MacNoob

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    Play with the clock levels a little see how high you can get it before it starts again , try and check the temps also, if it is still possible maybe RMA is in order.