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wadenf

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Ever since I bought my new computer with Vista on it I am getting "lag spikes" I guess you could call it. It's more like freezing. It happens inside of World of Warcraft and when I play Counter-Strike. I run both games at very good FPS and use high settings for WoW.

I'll be in the middle of a raid and every few minutes I lock up (or freeze). If I am running at the time of it freezing then it shows my feet moving but when I am done "freezing" I'm still in the same spot and anything that happened during the freeze will appear. I'm not sure if it's because I bought a Linksys USB Wireless Card to put in this computer or what the deal is.

If you have any suggestions please help. It'd be even better if you had a good solution with steps to go along on how to fix it.
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Hey wadenf,

Are the ping spikes consistent (i.e. do they happen every 60 seconds or so)? If so, it may be your wireless connection software polling for alternate networks, thus causing your ping spike. Can you please post the following:
  • Select Start
  • In the Start Search field type cmd -- right-click on the cmd program and choose Run as administrator
  • In the new command prompt window, type ipconfig /all > C:\ipconfig.txt
  • Navigate to your C: drive and open the text file ipconfig.txt -- please copy/paste the contents of this file into your next response.
Another possible cause would be software interference. Try starting your machine in a clean boot state and see if the issue persists.

Step 1 - Start your machine in a clean boot state:
  • Select Start
  • In the Start Search field type msconfig and press the enter key.
  • In the new window, select the General tab and then select Selective Startup.
  • Click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
  • Verify that Load System Services and Use original boot configuration are checked.
  • Click the Services tab.
  • Click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box.
  • Click Disable All, and then click OK.
  • When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.
When the computer reboots, play your game; do the lag spikes still occur?
*Note: To return Windows to a normal startup mode, please do the following:
  • Select Start, and then click Run.
  • Type msconfig, and then click OK.
  • Click the General tab, click Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services, and then click OK. When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.
- Dan
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Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Wade-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.tn.comcast.net.

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.tn.comcast.net.
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-29-E2-0F-1E
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::3170:1c9c:7921:c61d%12(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:51:54 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, March 27, 2009 2:51:53 PM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.68.162
68.87.74.162
68.87.64.196
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-68-48-CF-13
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{1382C867-F693-43B0-A71F-1B14D6A9E1E6}
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.tn.comcast.net.
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.hsd1.tn.comcast.net.
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes



I'm trying the other thing you told me as well. Will get back to you.
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I tried running in safe mode and I still had freezes.
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Hello,

Try downloading and running WLAN Optimizer -- see if the lag/freezing still occurs.

- Dan
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Alright, I downloaded it and I'm using it right now. I'll let you know if it still happens. Thanks
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Alright, I downloaded it and I'm using it right now. I'll let you know if it still happens. Thanks

Please let us know either way :)

Thanks,
- Dan
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