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Situation Comedy is almost unplayable due to jerky graphics

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I need help. I downloaded SC through the link received by email. The graphics are extremely jerky and stutters like 5 frames per second. The scripted animations plays fine at full framerate though. but actual gameplay drops to stutters.

My system is a HT P4 3ghz, GF7800GS 256mb, Audigy2, 1gb ram. Tried lowest possible settings and its still the same. Culture shock plays just fine though.

Also, I would like to see support for 1280x1024 resolution. My LCD soesn't scale anything other than the resolutions it supports (setting to scale by adapter doesn't help) so a custom 1280x960 just adds graphical garbage at the bottom and it really ruins gameplay.

But my above problem is of upmost importance, pointless to have the correct resolution when I can't even play the game properly, eh? Would appreciate any remedies, thanks.

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  • I must be one lucky son-of-a-midget then, I have an integrated graphics card, and it runs fine... oddness

  • I was having the same exact problems reported with jerky graphics playing back. I have an ATI integrated graphics card (128MB on-board).

    My card has a BIOS option to add an additional 128MB of graphics memory from main memory, in addition to the on-board memory.

    I was originally just using the onboard 128 MB of memory. Adding the additional 128MB of memory alleviated my playback problems...

    fwiw,

    Kilroy:)

  • Having played more of episode 2 and 3, they both seem to leak memory, and also there are two instances of the sam and max program loaded, one which takes up 880k of memory which I assume this is the initial load screen. However, in-game this small instance of the game eats up the processor as well as the larger 100+ meg process, which I am guessing is causing some of the choppiness. With episode 1, only one process is launched and everything is fine.

  • I too have encountered this problem. While episode 1 ran fine, episode 2 was choppy until I killed the comodo firewall as suggested above. But that didn't help at all for episode 3. After observing it for a while, I noticed the choppiness occurs whenever Max walks around. As soon as he comes to a standstill or Sam slaps him into the air it disappears. Scenes where Max doesn't move at all, like the last one, are smooth as silk. According to Taskmanager CPU load skyrockets whenever he's on the move, but only in episode 3.
    My system is a P4 3ghz with 3 gigs of ram, a 7800GS AGP and an Audigy2.

  • I too seem to suffer from this problem with Situation Comedy. Seems that whenever Max walks, the framerate drops to single digits. All scripted animation, such as dialogue or walking through the door runs perfectly, as did Culture Shock (not a hitch).

    And yeah, I too am using Comodo personal firewall. Watching the task manager shows that the cmdagent.exe sucks the cpu along with two processes of Sam & Max whenever the slowdown is occuring. When not, Sam & Max gives some 30-40% load on the cpu.

    Didn't try the third episode yet. Tried deleting prefs.prop, didn't help. Gonna try shutting the firewall down (and plugging me off the net) next.

    Computer:
    Athlon XP 2600+
    2 GB ram
    Geforce 7600GS

  • Hey guys,

    We became aware yesterday that the version of Software Passport (the activation / copy protection) software we have been using has a memory leak in it. This may be the cause of these slowdowns.

    We're testing a fix on episode 4 right now and if it solves the problems, we will fix it in episodes 2 and 3 as well.

  • Emily, that's great!

    I just tried shutting Comodo down and killing the cmdagent.exe process, and it worked for me, for both episodes 2 and 3. So there's something there indeed. I turned windows firewall on before doing that, so I didn't need to unplug the network cable.

  • @Emily said: Hey guys,

    We became aware yesterday that the version of Software Passport (the activation / copy protection) software we have been using has a memory leak in it. This may be the cause of these slowdowns.

    We're testing a fix on episode 4 right now and if it solves the problems, we will fix it in episodes 2 and 3 as well.



    I hope this is it and it finally gets fixed. I am wondering if a cracked version to bypass activation/copy protection would not have this problem... hmmm... of course that's not the permanent solution we paying customers would want.

  • Hi, guys, I´ve been having the same problem too, and I have an Athlon 64 3500 and an ATI Radeon x850 Pro.

    The hint about Comodo Firewall improved the performance a lot. I also shut down the AVG Antivirus ".exes" through task manager, and it seems now the game runs almost perfectly.

    Just to let you know, since I've been trying to fix it for some time now, even thought that my video card was broken or something.

  • I solved my issue in the 2nd episode as well, by turning off the firewall (Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro, 4.0.1007.7323 (591)). So it's not just Comodo.

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