Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by Rudankort » Wed May 04, 2016 2:03 pm

About memory usage, the game does load resources (Like animations) on demand and keeps them in memory for later use, so it is expected that memory usage is growing over time. There is a command line switch /nocache which alters this behavior and discards animations every time after use, but normally you don't need to use this key. Usually it was used for some heavy mods.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by Rudankort » Wed May 04, 2016 4:51 pm

KeldorKatarn wrote:Also regarding the sudden slowdown... I'm not sure if it's releated but I certainly noticed Windows starting background work and all kinds of crap services in the background (I had the task manager open) and also some disk activity after a while. I think the idea of using the same mechanisms that media players use to notify Windows the Application is NOT to be treated as Idle is worth it for the replay manager (and I don't event hink that 's a hack, after all you ARE re-playing something without the user doing any interaction. That basically IS media player behavior.
As I understand, you are using non-Steam version. I've created a test version which informs the system that the application is not idle (media player like functionality). According to Microsoft's documentation it should help.

Updated EXE file is here:
http://www.rudankort.me/PanzerCorps._zip

Let me know if this helps.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by Ralle » Wed May 04, 2016 6:50 pm

It`s not my problem, but your efforts to help are great. If only every Dev would be like this.
Thank you very much.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by ab067 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:17 am

Just bought PzC Gold from Matrix, not Steam.

Playing multiplayer and towards the end of my turn, the game starts to really lag, especially when purchasing units.

My drivers are all up to date, I turned off the sound/music, still no joy.

Is this a solveable problem?

I have an Inspiron 640M laptop, win xp, 4gb ram, core duo 1.6ghz, 224 mb video ram.

While I'm dealing with that problem.......is there a hotkey for centering the map over a hex?

ie when I go to next unit, it might be on the edge of my screen. How can I center the map? With the lag it makes gameplay a little frustrating.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by zakblood » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:25 am

Is this a solve-able problem?
yes update your hardware and buy a new one, even the slowest and cheapest on the market atm will be leaps and bounds faster than the one your using,... i'm sorry to say.

so a out of date laptop, and old version of windows, onboard video with no ram and your wondering if it's fixable? answer is yes and welcome to the forum, you may not like the reply or answer though mind you, as it's not a software issue,...
640M laptop, win xp, 4gb ram, core duo 1.6ghz, 224 mb video ram
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windows xp, so lets leave this bit out of the equation for now, and go to the roots of the issue

1.6GHz Intel Core Duo T2050 processor, the lowest of the low, a dual core, in a cut down laptop low power and low cpu version, at best, running off mains and with everything turned off, little to no background services running and with power saving mode and screen savers and a clean boot, it will work, but slow on the larger battles

4gb of ram on a 32bit o/s so only
Amount of virtual address space per 32-bit process, 2 GB (3 GB if the /3GB switch is added to the Boot.ini file)
x64-based versions, 2 GB (4 GB if the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE option is used)

and a onboard GPU acting as cpu and vga combo, so slowing both the cpu down even more to do the GPU part with no ram 224 mb

imo, do a fresh install of windows, only load a startup the programs you need to run windows, eg next to nothing, a clean boot

upgrade all drives to the latest version, clear out the boot log of anything it loaded by default.

get a game friendly AV, and use the built in firewall and leave it at that,

turn off screen saves and all power saving functions and run off mains, not battery, to make your cpu run at full power, not slower and make sure your running a 64bit version and not a 32bit one so at least you can use the ram in the laptop.

windows xp is 12 years old, so if the hardware is the same, which is looks that way, it's coming to the end of it's life and you have really had your money out of it 10 plus times over, time for a new one and you won't have the issues your having :oops:

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by ab067 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:49 am

Thanks for your prompt reply.

I'll try the game on my win7 computer.

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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by zakblood » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:00 pm

good luck on that one, hope its better for you, if not just post your report and then we can at least say or recommend what could or maybe wrong etc
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Re: Performance Issue: Massive slow down/hanging.

Post by ab067 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:44 am

PzC gold seems ok now.

I'm using a machine with a core2 duo E8400 3.0ghz, winxp pro (32bit), 4gb ram, R7 240 with 2gb video ram.

It is in a Lenovo desktop 6073, that I updated.

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