I have an ATI Radeon HD 4300 / 4500 series card (which has run WoW with 30+ fps), the rest of my hardware was purchased brand new about 10 months ago.
-I get frame rate stuttering on some (but not all) missions/systems.
-I run the game on "low" graphic settings.
-This stuttering does not occur in random enemy signal contacts, battlegrounds (exception of Solar Wind), and most non-combat zones like K7, Memory Alpha, SB 01, etc.
Here's what I've done so far (since I'm not a tech guru):
-Airdusted the tower
-Ensured graphics drivers were up to date
-Closed non-essential programs running in background
I suspect this is a problem with the game since its only occuring in certain parts of the game but wanted to be sure that I didn't miss anything. I'm aware some people have been having similar programs with NVIDA graphic cards, but the search tool didn't turn up anything for an ATI card.
Am I missing anything or is this something that Cryptic has to fix on their end?
The 4300/4500 series is the low end of that line. WOW was designed to run on a Pentium III so of course that runs great. I have an 8600m GT and have a bit of stuttering here and there at times. Just sounds like you at least need a better video card to handle the game better.
I'm getting a similar problem with a Geforce 8800GTX... thing runs Modern Warfare 2 smooth as silk. And sometimes STO is relatively smooth. But if there are asteroids or, god forbid, any type of ground combat whatsoever, there is a noticeable level of choppiness. Reminds me of playing Quake on a 56k modem. Is my card just out of date? I must admit I'm out of the loop as far as bleeding edge technology, but everything else I have (and generally, I regret to say, most other games I own have vastly superior graphics), is really smooth. And I have 4 gigs of system memory... dunno if that's a factor at all... but if anyone has any tips, please share them!
I've basically resolved that I won't continue with the game until I can log into Sol Station and do one complete walk-through without once experiencing a lag stutter or spike -- which I get now every five seconds (I can even count out and anticipate them). It's like freezing mid-step for a second before it releases.
I've verified that it wasn't my wireless specifically. It happens on my direct line, too. It could be my provider, possibly, but odd that I first had the problem after downloading the pre-patch and being informed (at each log-on) that my mobile-chip driver is presumably out-of-date (I have the most recent nVidia driver).
I need some outer-space to breathe, so I've gone back the the silky-smoothness of EVE for awhile. I'll miss my Trek-infusiion, though. Wish I had a solution.
I'm having the same problem. Its fracking annoying, the game ran better during open beta on my 3 year old fujitsu with a 512 dedicated piece of crap ATI Mobility Radeon card. Now on my new alienware computer with duel 1gb video cards... I can run just about any of my games perfectly but STO... Ugh. Hell I can even run Twilight Princess emulated on my computer at near 30 frames per second. But STO nope. It struggles. I just gave Dreamfall the Longest Journey at maximum settings... Ooo it was beautiful and some of the maps are a great deal more complex than... Sol Station.