I’m not sure if this would be the best place to look for help but as this is the official forum of Splashdamage, I thought I could turn to you folks.
To get things started, I’m a rather long-term Enemy Territory player (played for almost the whole age of the game) who has encountered some severe problems lately with the game. I mention this just not to get a whole load of those “reinstall the game and do this + this + this to get it done” because I really don’t think I need that kind of advice.
The basic problem I’m having here is that the game, simply said, lags. And no, I’m not talking about the two traditional kind of lag types. My fps is high (very easily almost stable 125 if I want it to be that way) and the gameplay is smooth. Neither is it about the ping or any other network stuff, no matter which ping I have I still get the same “mysterious lag”, not depending on the server I’m on. Yes, my connection is good enough and has been stable, I got 4/1Mbps broadband connection if the info would help anything.
So, what kind of lag is it then? I’ll tell you, movement and all that stuff works smoothly but whenever I shoot it feels like the bullets were delayed a bit (like an extra 40-80 ms of network delay would be added in top of my ping). Overall it’s rather hard to explain completely but I guess that’s the best I can do about that.
My best guess about the cause for this lag is my processor. I got Amd Athlon 64 X2 3600+ - dualcore processor. It’s not cutting-edge but absolutely good enough to run ET with no problems. I have done loads of research about the matter and have one possible reason linked to dual-core technical details (some timing problems with the two cores when they need to work with single-core applications such as ET). I have downloaded and installed the AMD’s “Dual-core Optimizer” which should resolve some of these timing problems but with no results. As a sidenote, I’m not totally sure about the time I first started getting this lag but it must have been somewhere close the time I got myself this rig with the dual-core processor. Anyway I remember the game working fine for some time with this same rig but now I just can’t get it roll like it used to. Another two notes : I have no overclock with my system and all other games feel to be running totally normally.
Well then, just to make things more problematic, I can tell you I have tried totally every idea I have had with this thing. So far I have tried among other things these: (not in any particular order, just listing things here)
-Reinstalled the game (5-6 times)
-Downloaded the installers again to make sure no files are corrupt
-Defragmented HDD (also formatted C: with the Win reinstall)
-Downloaded newest drivers for all the stuff
-Experimented with a load of different processor stuff (drivers, dual-core optimizer etc)
-Went through “all” the ET commands and settings that could affect performance
-Tried setting processor affinity settings and priority settings for ET.exe
…and a lot of other things.
So, in a nutshell I’d like to know if anyone has any ideas / solutions for my problem? And if someone here could tell their experiences with ET running at AMD dualcore processor, those would be very appreciated.
I’ll throw in the detail specs about my computer for the end:
MSI K9N Neo (Nforce 550 chipset)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ @ AM2 socket
1Gb of 553Mhz Buffalo brand DDR2 memory
Club3d Geforce 7600Gs @ Pci-e socket
350W HEC Power supply (yes, it’s sufficient, if I had power problems, those wouldn’t appear with ET because I don’t have any with other, heavier apps)
I’ll appreciate if someone likes to use the time and effort to read this post and even possibly reply to it.
PS, sorry for my possibly clumsy English - I’m from Finland so forgive me