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Old 12-13-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Writing to appinfo.vdf causing games to pause

I've been noticing some odd freezes in gaems that I'm playing lately.
The freezes last about 0.5-1 second
Using processexplorer, I've discovered that Steam is writing to the appinfo.vdf file, and each time this happens, any game that I'm playing pauses.

Does anyone have any idea how to fix this? I'd really like to not have to stop using Steam

Specs:
AMD Phenom II x6 1055T
4GB Kingston ram
AMD Radeon HD 5830
Caviar Black 500GB
Corsair 650TX
Asus M4A89GTD

Windows install is about 4 months old. Don't want to have to reformat, but I will if that's what it takes.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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CPU fluctuations don't cause freezing. RAM fluctuations do. So you have the wrong idea.

Tell me specifically what kind of 4GB Kingston RAM you have.

CPU's can cause the game to run slower, but it won't make it spike.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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CPU fluctuations don't cause freezing. RAM fluctuations do. So you have the wrong idea.

Tell me specifically what kind of 4GB Kingston RAM you have.

CPU's can cause the game to run slower, but it won't make it spike.
lol ok

It's Kingston HyperX
I also have a kit of ripjaws that suffer the same problem
I've run memtest86+ for 12 hours
Can I get some real help now?
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:07 PM   #4
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Looks like your CPU is dying, or.. you can Open the CPU And clean the Dust out of the HeatSink!..

Good Luck!
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:12 PM   #5
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Try closing the Steam window when you go into game, it causes a little bit of RAM usage.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:15 PM   #6
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Do your non-Steam games suffer from the same problem?

And instead of saying "Can I get some real help now?", do realize I'm just trying to diagnose the issue at hand. If you don't want my help, I don't need to help you.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:29 PM   #7
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Further diagnostics shows that the HDD is writing something during these cpu spikes, likely the cause of the mini freeze.
Now.. what could steam be writing..
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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What is the RPM rate on your Caviar Black?

If the HDD you use to store Steam on is the same as your boot drive, it should be at least 7200 RPM.

Anything lower is just bottlenecking the OS itself from running properly.

As for reading/writing to the HDD, it's probably the page file (HDD RAM).

What are some example games you experience the issue on?
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:39 PM   #9
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Aye, I know. The Caviar Black only comes in 7200RPM
The example games are APB and EQ2
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:45 PM   #10
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Do any non-Steam games experience the same issues?

Since your Caviar Black is 7200 RPM, it should be fine, unless its cache is low or something (which is probably not going to make much of a difference).

APB Reloaded I could understand if the 4GB RAM you have is just barely not enough for both the OS and the game, so the game needs to use your HDD RAM itself.

As for EverQuest II, that somewhat boggles me at this time.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #11
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EQ2 ran fine before it went F2P which could have something to do with it
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #12
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Changing from P2P to F2P shouldn't change a thing, except for more people entering and playing, which could possibly place more pressure on your CPU.

But that would only slow down the CPU's FPS, not so much cause spiking.

How do your non-Steam games perform? I kind of need to see if it's a Steam issue in the first place.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:00 PM   #13
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Well, the F2P change actually launched beside an expansion, which included a massive overhaul to dozens of game mechanics
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:07 PM   #14
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Well that would've just placed more strain on your CPU then.

Do you experience spiking in games not launched via Steam?
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:09 PM   #15
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Well that would've just placed more strain on your CPU then.

Do you experience spiking in games not launched via Steam?
It's very rare that I play one, so I don't have a clue. I suppose I can get back to you after I do, but I'm currently running forsaken city in EQ2
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