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Dun Eistein
Posted - 2011.07.26 11:35:00 - [1]

Edited by: Dun Eistein on 26/07/2011 11:53:58

I would like to share the insane process that I have to go through to play Eve at 60fps, after my computer starts for the first time (or wakes up from sleep). I run an Alienware m17x with a ATI Mobility Raedon HD 5870. The following process applies whether or not I run Eve only on the laptop or on both the laptop and a second (external) monitor. The laptop monitor resolution is 1920x1200 and the monitor 2560x1440. I connect to the monitor by display port. I have latest graphic card drivers installed.

1. Start Eve. For me it always starts in a window. Frame rate at main menu is always around 38-50fps. Check out the picture below and see the crazy frame rate vibration (top image). This can't be normal, but it always starts for me like this. If I start playing Eve now, the game feels very choppy.

2. Open settings and go fixed window maximum resolution (1920x1200 on laptop, or 2560x1440 on my second monitor)

3. Go full-screen by alt-enter. Eve crashes for me 100% at this point. This is normal, continue...

4. Restart Eve. It'll start full screen this time (the state it was in when it crashed)

5. Go back to window mode by alt-enter. It will go back to fixed window, frame rate around 15fps, as per second image in the pic below. Sometimes frame rate will randomly increase up to 40fps or so here, but always with the same vibration as if I'd just started Eve.

6. Now change resolution of the fixed window back to 1024x768. FPS jumps to 60.

7. Go fixed window back at max resolution, FPS drops to 30-40

8. Change to windowed mode, max resultion. FPS doesn't change

9. NOW DOUBLE CLICK THE TITLE BAR. Window maximizes, and 90% of the time FPS jumps up to 60 and stays there. If not, go back to step 6 and repeat.

Now get this - every new Eve instance I start from here, or if I shut down the original Eve instance and restart it, I get 60fps no problem when I maximize windows. So I can start a second instance and maximize it on the laptop display and enjoy 60fps in both Eve instances. Sweeeet.

Does anyone else experience the same FPS issues? Is there a better work around? No other games seem affected, only Eve. I will submit a full bug report later today.

*Edit 1: Note that all of the above steps were carried out at the main menu, before I even logged in.

*Edit 2: I have crossfire enabled, but there was no noticeable difference to frame rate with it disabled.

Cheers, Dun

PS this is my first post and I just want to say that Eve is a truely awesome game!

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Dun Eistein
Posted - 2011.08.19 14:26:00 - [2]

For anyone wondering, this problem was caused by me *not* using Windows Aero theme in Windows 7. Yes, crazy I know. Going back to Windows Aero gives me 60fps in Windowed mode. Case closed.


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