Started by pfred, April 22, 2015, 07:03:51 PM
Quote from: pfred on April 22, 2015, 07:03:51 PMHi, allI'm not sure if this is a Process Lasso issue, but I'll go fishing here for help. I have an older computer that was successfully running a game (Arma 2 DayZ Epoch, installed through Steam) with Process Lasso there to shepherd things along. I was getting about 20 - 25 fps in the game online, which was usable, but only just. Without Process Lasso it was a miserable 4 or 5 fps and unplayable. Somewhere between (IIRC) April 10 and April 12 something changed and I was no longer getting useable performance. I have reinstalled the games and addons, I have tried every performance tweak around, and nothing works. The behavior is eerily reminiscent of when my free trial period with Steam expired. At that time I spent a couple of days trying to figure out what was wrong, and then I noticed that I had no gaming mode with Steam any more. Bought the license and activated, and my fps problems were immediately cured.Now, I'm curious about the possibility that something may have changed that may be affecting the Process Lasso optimizations in some way. Right at that time, I think there was a Windows update, there was a Steam update, there was a Process Lasso update, a video driver update, there was a lot of stuff going on. I tried restoring back to an earlier point for Windows on the pc, but that didn't help. I did notice that if I try to manually classify the Arma 2 OA process as a game, I got an error. I believe it was complaining about an invalid process name, sorry I'm not at that computer right now for the exact wording. The message indicated the cause could be inadequate permissions, or the process might have already terminated (not the case). I also notice that if I listed the process path manually in configuring Gaming Mode, if I included the path all the way through Steam, gaming mode did not activate when I ran the executable directly. Gaming mode did turn on, though, if I used wildcards in the configuration (*Arma2OA*). I don't know if that's significant, though, not knowing how PL wants to treat processes running under Steam, I guess?Anyway, does this sound like a Process Lasso issue, a Steam issue, or something else? Anyone have any ideas how I might go about troubleshooting this?Thanks,Paul
Quote from: pfred on April 24, 2015, 04:45:57 PMOops, yes that was 3Gb of RAM!Yes, this certainly is at the very low end of being up to running the game, and I know this game can be troublesome for much more powerful PCs, if you don't manage all the configuration properly. I had done all that, and it ran okay in single player, and was usable in multiplayer, as long as Process Lasso was running. The change was abrupt from one day to the next.It did run okay in single player, not outstanding, just okay. It didn't have sudden FPS drops, during play, but did have annoying pauses when it had to load up some big change when you arrived at a new location or situation. I have toyed with every conceivable combination of the different video options. It always did do better with a number of settings at lower values or disabled entirely. Nothing seems to help now. I do wonder about hardware. It's an old machine, no denying that, it wouldn't be surprising to see something beginning to fail.So, you're saying that if gaming mode is on, then any foreground process will benefit, even if it is not the app the triggered PL to go into gaming mode?
Quote from: pfred on April 30, 2015, 03:26:55 PMI fixed it! All I needed to do, apparently was enable Smart Trim. I have a vague recollection of tinkering with things before the slump, I must have disabled Smart Trim at some point, and never thought to re-enable it any time after that. It doesn't help that I don't really understand what Smart Trim is doing, but I'll probably go read up on that now.Now the game loads in much faster, and fps when at rest is 20+, it dips down when a lot of stuff is going on, to a low of 10-12. This compares to fps of 4-5 at rest without Smart Trim.