So I downloaded and played Episode 5 yesterday evening, and everything was still fine. Got up this morning and started playing again right away, but for some reason the game started veeery slowly.
Now this is my problem. The game needs ages to start, ages to load new levels, and basically takes some time for everything I do (mouseover objects, selecting new dialogues, everything).
I study computer science so I am not unfamiliar with computer problems. I did not install any new software since yesterday, I checked around the forum and deleted the prefs.prop to try that. I even reinstalled the game and it didn't help. I got the newest version of my the ati graphics driver, which didn't help, so I reverted back to the old one without any result. I got the new April release of DirectX and reverted back to the February version, no change.
I installed the Lincoln episode again and the problem is now there aswell. Now this really indicates a problem with my computer, not with Sam and Max. So I started some other games, Oblivion and Serious Sam 2, and both seem to have bad performance in the game menus aswell, but when ingame they perform as usual and the loading times are normal aswell. I really don't know where this is coming from and am clueless.
Btw, my system is the following, there should be no problems with that.
Athlon XP 64 4000+ Single Core (running 32 bit)
1.5 gb RAM
Win XP SP2 32bit
I noticed in the process viewer when I start Sam and Max, the process starts pretty fast, but it takes about one minute to actually go fullscreen into the game. In that time the RAM usage rises very very slowly, by about 100kb every second. This may be the main reason for the slowdowns, but I don't know where this is coming from, because, as already stated, I did not change anything (that I am aware of) and my windows performs as usual.