Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why Does Starcraft Lag

Many Starcraft players experience frequent lags. This article will provide solutions useful to sort of the situation.

1. Change Graphics Settings
2. Change Process Priority
3. Optimize Drives
4. Delete Cache Contents
5. Execute a BAT File Command
6. Optimize Services

Change Graphics Settings

Change settings relating to the graphics quality and performance. Disable the triple buffering feature under OpenGL settings.

Your graphics card driver places an icon in the notification area of the Taskbar. Please click it to open the Graphics Settings dialog box. (Alternatively click Start | Control Panel | Appearance and Personalization | <Graphics Card Settings icon>.)

Click the Gaming tab, disable everything in that tab. Select the “Performance over quality” option and disable the “Triple Buffering” feature under OPENGL settings. Click Apply | OK.

Optimize Services

Many background services cause higher CPU usage. More the background services higher the game lags. Optimize the services to fix Starcraft lag.

1. Download and install PC Fresher Services Optimizer.
2. Double click PC Fresher desktop shortcut.
3. Click the Optimize button under Optimize Services tab.
4. Click Optimize Services. Select a services profile for example:

Change Process Priority

Change the process priority to high. Open the Task Manager and change it as shown below:

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
2. Click the Start Task Manager option.
3. Task Manager will open.
4. Click the Processes tab.
5. Right click “Startcraft.exe” process, select Set Priority | High.

Optimize Drives

Your hard disk drive might be fragmented. Defragmenting the drives (partitions) would fix Starcraft lag.

1. Click Start, point to All Programs | Accessories | System Tools.
2. Select Disk Defragmenter.
3. Select all the partitions and click Defragment Disk button.

Delete Cache Contents

The Cache folder contains files which are most frequently used. Corrupt  cache delays the file contents retrieval process and Starcraft lags. Delete cache contents as shown below:

1. Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | Run.
2. Type following directory:

For Windows 8/ 7/ Vista:
C:\ProgramData\Blizzard Entertainment\Battle.net\Cache

For Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Blizzard Entertainment\Battle.net\Cache
3. Select all files and delete them.
4. Restart the game to start updating the map list again.

Execute a BAT File Command

Follow the given steps to make a BAT file and execute command lines. This shall fix Starcraft lag problem.

1. Click Start, point to All Programs | Accessories.
2. Select Notepad.
3. Type following command-
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Program Files (x86)"\"Starcraft"\"StarCraft.exe"
start explorer.exe
4. Click File | Save.
5. Specify following file name: FIX.BAT
6. Select File Type= All Files
7. Click the Save button and close it.
6. Double click to open it.

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