Games run.. too fast!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Yevgeniy, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Yevgeniy macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2010
    Good day. This is my first post here.

    I have a strange problem. Up until now I did all my gaming on a custom-built PC but it was getting older so I gave it away. I have an iMac 2.1 C2D, 2GB, 128MB Radeon X1600 (white) so I figured that this meets the requirements of certain games I enjoy to play. I decided to install Windows XP SP3 Pro (legal) via Boot Camp.

    Everything went fine: installed the drivers, everything worked good. So then I installed True Crime: New York City and launched. The game was running 2-3 times faster than it should be. I am not talking about fps, I mean the actual gameplay. Everything was accelerated except the audio.

    I then installed Battlefield 2 and Half Life 2. It was the same problem! In BF2, people ran and shot each other faster than cheetahs, the helicopters and planes flew like missiles. I never got to drive any vehicles, they were all gone before I even got a chance to get close to them because I moved so fast that I "overran" their location. The game finished in 15 minutes, I didn't get one kill! Then in Half Life 2, Alyx was running around, I couldn't aim at anyone because they moved 3 times faster than they should, and it was just a mess. The audio sounds fine, however, other than the fact that it is behind of what is happening on the screen by like 30 seconds.

    I tried to do some research on Google and found some people who had similar problem like mine, but did not find any solutions. I reinstalled the drivers, the only thing I did not yet do was to reinstall the OS.

    Can anyone please help me? Thanks.
  2. Yevgeniy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2010
    Nobody? :(

    Oh well. I guess I will ask elsewhere.
  3. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Run Internet Explorer in the background to slow down the computer ... although it will then probably be far too slow to play the games (or do anything else). ;)
  4. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    I'm going to guess it's an older game? From the era when dual core processors were still a novelty? If so, then the game doesn't know better and just scales along with your processor speed and thus runs way too fast. What you could do in that case is, when the game is running, open the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and right-click the game's process. In it's properties window, set the processor affinity only to CPU 0 (this disables the second processor core for the game).

    I hope this works out for you. The above poster is also right, though. There are tools you could download that hijack one of your processor's cores. This in a way has the same effect as the method I described above. With the only difference being you have to remember to start the tool yourself. Once the processor affinity is set, it's set indefinitely (until you change it back, that is).
  5. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    Half Life 2 is not that old of a game, and it should only create more FPS and not too fast gameplay.

    I've never heard of this kind of problem since really old DOS games that didn't track real time for speed were around. I'm afraid I have no suggestions.

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