EVE Online for PC is severely lagging

EVE Online is a space themed, multiplayer game designed by CCP Games.

It has been around since 2003 and enjoys a very loyal fan base that is highly addicted to it even though the game is well into the second decade of it’s life. To be more specific, an active subscriber base of over 400,000 is evidence enough to establish this game’s statue in the league of well established games.

The gameplay involves travelling through more than 7,500 star-systems including moons, planets, stations, wormholes, asteroid belts and complexes. Also, the player can choose from a wide range of profession such as mining, piracy, manufacturing, trading, exploration, or combat NPCs or other players etc. Now there is every reason to believe a game such huge in magnitude will suffer from lags, and EVE Online is no exception.

One of the main reasons that is often attributed to game lag is a problem on the server. But there are also issues that spring up at the user’s end and cause this trouble. Let’s look at a few simple tricks that might just be enough to solve this riddle for good.

 

Solutions

Tune Graphics to a Lower Level

Choosing a more lower level of graphics greatly reduces the burden from the GPU and can go a long way in reducing or total disappearance of the lag problem.

Lowered values
Lowered values

Most, if not all Graphics Cards come equipped with a feature that adjusts for performance details. Choosing the minimum level might well do the trick for you. Nvidia and ATI both have easily accessible control panels for Graphics Cards from where you can easily adjust the concerned values.
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Update Graphics Card Driver

Open the Run dialog (Windows Key + R), type in devmgmt.msc and press Enter. Right-click This PC and select Manage. Now collapse the Display adapters option and you will notice a list of all the Graphics Cards installed on your computer. Select one item at a time, right-click it and select Update Driver. Preferably do this for all the Graphics Cards installed in your system.

Updating the Graphics Card software
Updating the Graphics Card software

 

Perform Routine Maintenance Tasks Regularly

Performing routine maintenance tasks like Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmentation can go a long way in keeping your computer in good shape and tackle any clutter effectively before it causes any damage. This can also have a positive impact on your EVE Online gameplay experience.

Open This PC, right-click your Windows drive and select Properties. Click Disk Cleanup and then patiently wait for the wizard to calculate the amount of hard disk you will gain by performing this process. Once you’re provided with the results, click OK to launch the cleanup.
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In order to perform Disk Defragmentation, right-click any drive you wish to defrag and select Properties. Open the Tools tab and click Optimize. Perform this procedure for all the hard drives on your system.

Disk Defrag / Drive Optimization in progress
Disk Defrag / Drive Optimization in progress

You can also use ST Cleaner to clean up the various kinds of junk data that piles in the system over time and slows it down considerably. This cleaning up drastically helps to increase the performance of the system in all aspects.

ST Cleaner user interface
ST Cleaner user interface

 

Turn Off Unnecessary Services

Type msconfig without quotes in the Run dialog and hit enter. Click the Services tab and stop any unnecessary services easily. Google up any service you aren’t sure about so as not to disturb any critical Windows process.

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Empty the Temp Folder

As some of you might have guessed it by it’s name, the contents of this folder are absolutely temporary in nature. Deleting them off your hard disk will definitely free up a hefty amount of storage space for you.

Open the Run dialog, type in %temp% and press Enter. Select all of the contents of the Temp folder by pressing the Ctrl + A shortcut combination and press Shift + Delete to remove these files permanently.

Erasing all the contents of the Temp folder
Erasing all the contents of the Temp folder

 

Recommended

RegInOut System Utilities is a powerful tool that detects and repairs Windows Registry errors. Also, it removes unwanted files from the system as well as configures Internet settings for optimum performance.

It’s Optimizer sets a predefined services profile and stops all unneeded background tasks that decrease system performance.