Game Performance.



  • Alright folks, let me lay-down the setup for starters..

    Previously when I played-

    Processor: AMD 2.8 GHz Dual-core
    Video Card: Nvidia Geforce GTS 250, 1GB
    RAM: 2 GB running dual-channel.
    OS: Windows XP 32-bit.

    Since then, I have gotten a pretty substantial upgrade.

    Currently-

    Processor: Intel 3.1 GHz Quad-core
    Video card: Nvidia Geforce GTS 250, 1GB(Same as before)
    RAM: 4 GB running dual-channel
    Os: Windows XP 32-bit(Same as before)
    Other: I had reformatted my 160 GB hard drive and only installed the OS and other important system files onto it. I got another hard drive with 500 GB of space where I installed everything else. That way, it will keep my OS drive from getting fragmented and crappy.

    Now, the actual problem I face is the games performance. Before, the -only- time the game ran bad for me was when I'd have server lag. There was absolutely no system lag at all, even in the most graphic intense parts of the game. These days, with the new upgrade, the game runs horribly. If I'm sitting somewhere RPing with someone it's fine. The minute I go to quest is where it acts up. For instance, if I would be in a group of five or so and on the way to a quest-giver, just walking among the group of players would make the gameplay choppy and unbearable; I mean, ridiculously bad. That being said, you can imagine how god-awful it must be when I'm actually on the quest. It hinders my ability to be of use to the group and generally, it shortens my characters life-span.

    To keep this from being novel-length, I'll tell you what I've tried.

    First of all, I figured the type of lag I was getting would most likely be linked to the video card. The only thing that had changed between old system and new was the video drivers. I thought, "Maybe the newer drivers I got aren't playing well with this older game." I back-tracked my drivers to an older set and the problem continued. I read around and saw that some people thought the game didn't like multiple cores. I got the advice to go into Task Manager and set NWN's affinity so that it would only run on one core. Again I had no luck. I tried two cores and that didn't make a difference either.

    I come to you, ladies and gentlemen, as a desperate man. I've tried really all I can think of. Any suggestions that you can provide will be deeply appreciated. If the problem is not resolved soon, I fear my computer may be taking a trip through the nearest window. I've already lost a near and dear keyboard to this atrocious game-play. A fix would be lovely, if not for me, then for the sake of my stuff. Thanks a lot, guys!



  • I had a similar problem when I got my new computer and shifitng to only running on a single core fixed it for me but I did not do it the way you did.

    I solved the problem by editing the nwnplayer.ini file.
    Now, I'm not sure which number was the original one but I editet where it says "Client CPU Affinity" and switched the number from whetever it was to -2 (( Client CPU Affinity=-2) running on a pentium i5 processor).
    Perhaps it might be of some help but please just remember to back-up the file before editing in it 🙂 and if not, I'm sadly out of ideas 😞

    -Render



  • I actually forgot to mention that I, too, tried editing it directly from the file. I set it to 0 myself, which was the lowest I could set. It didn't really help, but thanks though. I guess it wouldn't hurt to try each core individually to see if one might, for some reason, run better than another one. Thanks again.



  • Why do I suspect your videocard issue lies with OpenGL? newer GTX-series cards don't play nicely with NWN, so you had to do a custom dll injection. Simpler than it sounds.

    I don't have the instructions anymore, haven't had the issue in years.



  • @Forte:

    Why do I suspect your videocard issue lies with OpenGL? newer GTX-series cards don't play nicely with NWN, so you had to do a custom dll injection. Simpler than it sounds.

    I don't have the instructions anymore, haven't had the issue in years.

    My card is the same one I used before when I had no issues.. The card is about 3 years old at this point, if not more. I don't know why it would be acting up -now- when it was fine all those years before. shrug

    Thanks for the input.



  • Not necessarily the card itself, but the drivers that have been installed.



  • @The:

    Not necessarily the card itself, but the drivers that have been installed.

    I already reset the drivers. Do you think I need to set them further back?



  • All right… I finally give in to the game. I'll be installing it on an older computer where I know it runs decent. I'll just miss playing it on my current system. 😢

    sigh

    Thanks for all the help, guys.



  • It's been a little bit since all this went down, but I figured I'd let you know what I found out since then, in case someone else runs into a similar problem..

    One, I upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit. I don't think that really had anything to do with it, though. What I think fixed it was that, when getting the system upgrade, I threw in a pretty old motherboard to support the better processor (yeah, sounds stupid). I initially got all these upgrades for one purpose; Battlefield 3! Installing Battlefield 3, I realized that this too ran like shit. After long hours of trial-and-error processes, my friend and I finally realized what was causing everything to run like garbage…

    I needed a BIOS update.. Now, I'm back playing on my regular system and it's running perfect!

    [As a side note. Oblivion also ran like complete crap on my system. The BIOS update fixed that, as well.]



  • To backup Danor- BIOS update helped with some other games, worth a try. I didn't help me on NWN but give it a shot.

    Do get any of the weird graphics errors? Like no menu on some startups or no pointer?

    I moved from a dual core AMD with a nvidia GT250 running Win XP and it ran NWN great- but it actually started sucking when the new tilesets got added. I had to roll back video drivers (I think I did a search on the official NWN forums to find the right version) and even with that, some graphics (I think ballistas and some mage staffs) still stuttered my system.

    I will say, after reading the problems here with Windows 7 64bit and newer video cards I was assuming I'd be retiring from NWN for good; not being worth my time to do everything I needed to to get it running on my new system.

    Intel(R) Core™ i7-3770 3.40 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
    2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
    8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card

    I just installed NWN, cranked everything to full on graphics overload and crossed my fingers and it runs awesome. NWN is not as ugly as I made fun of it for being.



  • @Fel:

    TDo get any of the weird graphics errors? Like no menu on some startups or no pointer?

    None, of that, but my ATI card doesn't like having the "Shiny Water" enabled. If that's on, there's a seizure-inducing-level amount of flicker from every water source.

    I'm also forced to play in a window, since my card wants to scale everything in relation to my HDTV's max resolution (1080i) - the text doesn't scale well on a 50" TV at that size. Tried all kinds of scaling settings before giving up and working within the confines of a window. It does make it easy to keep notes and other windows on the side, though.


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