Hey, ever since I installed my new ATI Radeon X1950PRO I have spotted a few lag problems with Oblivion. This has not happened when I had my ATI Radeon X600 installed but it started with this card. I experimented a bit and have not found anyway to fix the problem, I put all my settings on the low minimum and it still does it. I have also put my settings on the highest possible (including resolution) and the problem still occurs. The problem is whenever I ride my horse and I make him go fast, whenever he puts his head down and back up my game lags for a second. It does this every time I make it gallop and when I make him go slow its barely noticable. My second lag problem is when there are more than 3 enemies fighting me. I start to lag really bad when there are about 4-5 enemies fighting me (mostly in dungeons and outside of towns). My Specs are: ATI Radeon X1950PRO Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz Dual Core (2 CPU's) 1.5GB of DDR2 PC2 240pin RAM LITE-ON 16X DVD-Rom drive Integrated Sound Card
When you say you "experimented" with it, what stuff did you try? Does your computer recognize that you have a new vid card? Is everything installed correctly with it? Once with a vid card a had a while back, initially my comp didn't know it was plugged in and I didn't get any of the performance out of it.
I experimented with different settings via the catalyst control center and ingame settings. When I put in my card my computer recognized it and all, there was no problem with installing the software from the disc. Everything was pretty smooth but when I started up Oblivion the game gave me a message saying that it did not recognize my gfx card and I just passed it and set up my settings and played the game.
Maybe if you re-installed Oblivion it would recognize it? You said you got the card after it was already installed but I don't know why that would be the problem. It can't be the card itself because its supported. Also, how many saves do you have on your files? Do any of them have excessive amounts of items or stuff like that? If you havn't already done so, try starting a new file and see if its still really laggy. Has this lag happend while playing any other fairly big games too? Try http://www.systemrequirementslab.com See if any of the categories fail when you test Oblivion. Click on "can you run it", then select Oblivion in the products list.
I don't have many saves, maybe 3 or 4. I might have to reinstall it and wouldnt mind reinstalling it but if I'm going to lose all my things then eh... I do have an excess in potions though, dunno if that would do much but other things are in my house and aren't in my inventory. I just tried systemrequirementslab.com and I didn't fail anything, I'm 4/5 to the fast pc bar on recommended hardware.
I think i might have an idea what you have done wrong. I think you maxed out the anistropic filtering and the antialiasing. That is in a game like Oblivion deadly for your fps. Here is the screen you should look at: Go trough the diffrent options settings and make sure you reset everything to default.
I thought about that but when he said he had detail levels on low I figured he had those tuned down too.
Ok some of the settings were different so I set everything to default. It might have done something but I'll check.
That seemed to have done the trick, now my game is nice and smooth. The graphics are beutiful and NO LAG! Thanks for the help customizer thankyou very much.
Well the lag is back and this time I'm out of guesses. It's not just the horse though, but any non-humanoid that makes a moving motion. It's irritatingly strange and I want to fix this. I ran disk cleanup, disk defragmenter, and I went into ATI Catalyst Control Center and put all of my settings to default (again). Those didn't do a difference at all, I put all my settings in the game on low and it still happens. I don't understand it but maybe someone might. I'm starting to believe its a corrupt file or something in the game?
Well , I have exactly same problem - with Oblivion and Radeon X1950 pro ...nasty lags in game ( around 2 sec.) when something is going to happen ( I have spotted enemy, or I am going to kill some ;-) I have tried put every detail as low as possible, even run in 640*480 windowed with monitoring CPU ...and nothing.... no change ...It is not problem with FPS , 'cause game is running fine even in 1280*1027 ...there is only many lags. CPU is P4 - 3GHz dual core and 1G RAM ...