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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Wayne02, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. Wayne02


    Dec 13, 2001
    I'm trying to patch my son's computer up so it runs World of Warcraft better. My son plays this game online quite a bit. We have dsl, and he is running win98se. I realize this old machine is under powered for these types of games but I'm trying to limp it along for awhile longer.

    Here are the listed minimum requirements for the game:
    Win 98/2000/xp
    Pentium III 800mhz
    256mb ram
    32mb 3d graphics card w/ hardware transform and lighting, such as an nvidia Geforce 2 class card or above.

    Here is what his machine has:
    Pentium III 733mhz
    512mb ram (recently upgraded from 256)
    Radeon 9000 pro video card
    Audio adapter – creative SB live sound card
    Plenty of hd space and fast enough cd drive

    The problem is frame rate with sound on. The frame rate is pretty good with all the sound turned off. In fact it is playable with the sound off. I upped the ram from 256 to 512 and this smoothed the frame rate out with the sound off, but did little to improve the frame rate with the sound on. The game is unplayable with the sound on, frame rate plummets to 5-7 fps with sound on.

    What next? Do you think the 2001 creative SB sound card could be causing this???

  2. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    South of Houston
    Have you patched World of Warcraft to the latest release?

    Have you updated your Soundblaster drivers?

    A quick Google shows this to be a pretty common type of problem, among other sound related problems, mostly blaming Creatives drivers and their cards.

    One solution is....


  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Geez, I'm surprised someone else didn't post this already:

    Upgrade to a minimum 9800Pro vid card. 9800XT is even better, though it costs more, too.

    Your MOBO is probably maxed out for RAM, and that means there is only one more weak link besides the slow system bus and CPU--the 3D card itself.

    If you plan on building the next PC you own (and you really should, you know--better support, higher quality and a FAR better set of warranties), consider this the first component.

    Next, get a good case. Then a few months after that, get a new processor. Soon all the other parts will be in hand and you can assemble your new rig.