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bonafidemike

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Hi there, not sure if this is the right place to post this (I hope it is), but it's kind of a last resort.

I have recently bought a new machine, and I was lazy enough to do a direct hardrive swap (without a reformat) from my old machine to the new one. Although I had a heck of a time replacing drivers and getting everything to run decently, it did work fine for a time. But just recently, I decided it was probably good to start from scratch. So, I reformatted my computer.

The problem I'm encountering now was discovered while testing World of Warcraft with the new machine, after I had formatted. This worked perfectly before the format, but now, I have this problem:

When in Normal full-screen mode, everything is fine. When I alt-tab to another program, WoW's cpu usage is regulated as a background app, and brought down to a low amount. BUT, when I run WoW in "Windowed Maximized" mode, my CPU seems to be treating it as just anohter windowed application. When I bring another application to focus, WoW continues to run at the same CPU usage, and my system starts to lag until WoW is the focus again. Is this a problem specifically with World of Warcraft, or is this some setting with my CPU or graphics card?

I'm running a Core 2 Duo 2.13ghz processor.

Thanks,
Mike
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Have you update your graphics drivers?
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All drivers have been updated, yes.
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Most Games do use most of your systems cpu up but on some games you can specify how much cpu it uses i'm not sure about WoW thoe but i will have alook. it will probaly be something like /hunkmegs 512 (half of your pc ram) or something similair if its possible other wise it might be just WoW

EDIT: Have a look at this site because it could be your in game graphics settings
http://www.anandtech...aspx?i=2381&p=2 (might help or might be aload of rubish)

Edited by ==SpuD==, 30 July 2007 - 06:10 AM.

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Thanks for the response. I appreciate the help. I'm aware that games use up most of my system's cpu, but even in windowed mode, the cpu usage of the program *should* be regulated to next to no cpu usage when I have another program as my focus. This is what happens when WoW is in normal mode. I'm afraid that it has to be something with my computer/cpu settings or *something*, and not the game graphics themselves, because I ran WoW with the exact same settings prior to the reformat absolutely fine. The cpu usage was properly regulated when I switched to another application.

Any more ideas/help from anyone is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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sorry i havent got any more ideas il leave it for some one with more expirence in this matter to deal with

Sorry i couldnt have helped more :whistling:

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