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old games are very slow

  1. #61


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    So now they're telling me to post it on the MSDN forums.

    Windows 8 - Speed Issues Running Games DirectX9 & Older

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  2. #62


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince800 View Post
    So now they're telling me to post it on the MSDN forums.

    Windows 8 - Speed Issues Running Games DirectX9 & Older
    And now they're telling to post on Microsoft Answers. (Where no-one looks at anything.)

    I actually posted there a while ago... ( Windows 8, 8.1 old game support is total garbage. - Microsoft Community )
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  3. #63


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  4. #64


    Speaking of old games running slow, can someone help me with this game in particular. It's called the Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, I noticed some odd stuttering issues of late, where it ran fine 3 weeks prior, it now experiences some pretty severe slowdown, and stuttering.

    I looked in the Event Viewer to see if anything was wrong, and found that the Kernel-Processor-Power ID 37 (Warning) entry had popped up.

    Was confused for a while, then decided to test this on other games, more CPU, and GPU intensive than Oblivion, tried Borderlands 2, Skyrim, E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy, The Witcher: Directors Cut, Fallout New Vegas, all of which worked without the warning entry appearing.

    It only seems Oblivion is causing these warning entries, I used Open Hardware monitor while in-game to see if anything was overheating; and the the temp results for the CPU (all 4 cores) are (35-46c), the GPU (47-60c.) From what I can tell, it seems my processor is under-clocking itself when I play Oblivion while every other game seems to run fine.

    At this point, I've decided to stop installing any other game until I understand whether or not my processor is dying on me, or that this is just specific to Oblivion, the machine i'm using was purchased only a month ago, so dust shouldn't be, and hopefully, hardware failure isn't the case.

    If anyone can help, please respond as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.
    -Arcturus Fyr
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  5. #65


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcturus Fyr View Post
    Speaking of old games running slow, can someone help me with this game in particular. It's called the Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, I noticed some odd stuttering issues of late, where it ran fine 3 weeks prior, it now experiences some pretty severe slowdown, and stuttering.

    I looked in the Event Viewer to see if anything was wrong, and found that the Kernel-Processor-Power ID 37 (Warning) entry had popped up.

    Was confused for a while, then decided to test this on other games, more CPU, and GPU intensive than Oblivion, tried Borderlands 2, Skyrim, E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy, The Witcher: Directors Cut, Fallout New Vegas, all of which worked without the warning entry appearing.

    It only seems Oblivion is causing these warning entries, I used Open Hardware monitor while in-game to see if anything was overheating; and the the temp results for the CPU (all 4 cores) are (35-46c), the GPU (47-60c.) From what I can tell, it seems my processor is under-clocking itself when I play Oblivion while every other game seems to run fine.

    At this point, I've decided to stop installing any other game until I understand whether or not my processor is dying on me, or that this is just specific to Oblivion, the machine i'm using was purchased only a month ago, so dust shouldn't be, and hopefully, hardware failure isn't the case.

    If anyone can help, please respond as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.
    -Arcturus Fyr

    I kind of doubt it is your hardware. My solution for old games: I dusted off my XP disc and created a virtual machine with VMware Player. Any old game I have problems with, I run on the XP VM and so far they all run fine.

    Realize this may not be an option for those that don't have an old XP disc laying around though.
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  6. #66


    I kind of doubt it is your hardware. My solution for old games: I dusted off my XP disc and created a virtual machine with VMware Player. Any old game I have problems with, I run on the XP VM and so far they all run fine.

    Realize this may not be an option for those that don't have an old XP disc laying around though.[/QUOTE]

    Actually you may be on to something. My old install on another machine had the Oblivion launcher shortcut compatibility settings set to; 'XP service pack 2.' Which may not be mandatory, but I believe is strongly recommended by the support at Nexus Forums in-regards to playing the game with newer OS ware.

    However, I cannot set Oblivion to the 'XP Service Pack 2' setting, as it oddly starts the game up into 'Windowed Mode' when I do have the said setting enabled.

    The VMware Player option sounds interesting, but i'm unfamiliar with using VMware overall. Is there another alternative?

    Thank you for the current support, I hope to hear from you soon if you'd anymore suggestions.
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  7. #67


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    Sorry, all I got is a XP virtual machine. Don't think DX 8 or even maybe some 9 games are going to work well on 8/8.1.
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  8. #68


    Damned unfortunate, I suppose at the very least it's not my hardware failing on me. Guess 8/8.1 just isn't very good at playing games that are almost a decade old.

    Thank you for the response.
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  9. #69


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    Windows 8.1


    Yep the original CoD was painful to play on Windows 8.1 lol
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  10. #70


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    Windows 10 Professional


    These slow games seem to work fine in Windowed mode. Of course this is not possible with all of them but this is surely further proof that Microsoft simply screwed something up rather than an intentional change to the way DirectX works. If it was something intentional then the games would lag in Windowed mode too.
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