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Having trouble running games/emulators on windows 8----->

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 64bit

    Having trouble running games/emulators on windows 8----->


    <----- Is there anything I can do to fix this, last thing I would want to do is go back to windows 7. Games run slow in windowed mode with occasional jumpiness and in full screen they become so slow till the point it's unplayable.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Welcome to EightForums. If it worked on 7, it should work with 8.

    Please fill in your system specs.

    Are all your drivers up to date?

    Which games?

    Are you monitoring temps?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 64bit


    I have an HP 2000-2b19WM Notebook

    4GB System Memory

    320GB Hard Drive

    Processor: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.30 Ghz

    And I just updated the Graphics driver to AMD Radeon HD 6310. Don't understand why I'm having trouble my last notebook was a hell of a lot older than this and everything worked just fine but I used windows 7.

    As far as games go I can't run arcade or retro games from snes to playstation w/out slow down, not big on it but I like to mess around with it every now and then when I have some down time.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Notebooks can run hot try looking a temps. How much ram do you have?

    Edit, just saw you posted ram.

    You just updated the graphics driver? Try rolling it back
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 64bit


    4GB of Ram, and no matter if I'm just starting it up or it's been running for a few hours the result is still the same. Also noticed there is no windows 8 compatibility for any of this software, highest I've seen is compatibility for with windows 7.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    These are older games? You said emulators.

    If so some of these games are 32 bit with some older 16 bit processes. If so you should run them in either hyper-v or a virtual box under a x86 os for better compatibility.
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    windows 8 64bit


    First time hearing of this method, mind going into to detail?
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    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Here is a link to the tutorials

    Windows 8 Tutorials[2]=Virtualization

    Or you can go with a Dual Boot config

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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  9. #9


    Posts : 25
    Windows98 to Windows7


    To be VERY BLUNT!!!

    THE PROBLEM IS WINDOWS8

    Put NO faith in those that say , if it ran on Windows7, it will run on Windows8.

    The fact is, the changes in Windows8 makes games run REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY... REEEEALLLLLYYYYYY SLLLLLLLLLLLLLOWW.

    However, sometimes you do get lucky with the suggestions put forth above, however, overall, windows8 and old games is terrible compared to windows7.


    Great Tutorials regarding virtualization and dual boot.





    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    I have an HP 2000-2b19WM Notebook

    4GB System Memory

    320GB Hard Drive

    Processor: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.30 Ghz

    And I just updated the Graphics driver to AMD Radeon HD 6310. Don't understand why I'm having trouble my last notebook was a hell of a lot older than this and everything worked just fine but I used windows 7.

    As far as games go I can't run arcade or retro games from snes to playstation w/out slow down, not big on it but I like to mess around with it every now and then when I have some down time.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    To be EXTREMELY BLUNT!!!

    It's not Windows 8.

    I've run hundreds of games in 8.1 and they don't have a problem. Sure, there are some extra steps to run some games. But normally, all work great.

    I'm mainly an Atari emulator guy (2600, Lynx, 800, ST emulators) and I don't have to run them under compatibility more, but try it with compatibility settings for Windows 7. Emulators are very tricky since they have to.....emulate. That means they have to hook into disk access routines, display routines, etc, etc. Depending on the quality of the emulator and how it hooks into the routine have a big effect on how well it works.

    Good luck.
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