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Original Author: Bravado

If you're one of those people out there that play on an old computer, then you may experience something called lag. lag is extremely annoying and makes it difficult to play the game to the fullest of your abilities. I'm here to show you a simple way to reduce and/or completely eradicate lag from your gameplay, with no downloads and just a few clicks of your mouse. (If you want to skip the explanation of the Task Manager and its processes, start reading down at the underlined text).

It starts out with a little something that every Windows computer has: the Task Manager. This little nifty program can show all of the processes and programs that are running--and modify those programs too, in specific ways. It is capable of setting priorities and affinities for processes, (I won't go into the latter), and ending processes as well.

The application is opened by a combination of these keys being held down in unison: Ctrl, Alt, Delete. In XP, it just immediately pops up, while in Vista and 7, (correct me if I'm wrong), you have to select the Task Manager from a menu.

You will only want to change your browser processes, since BeGone obviously runs in the browser. Here are the most common browsers people use: Firefox, Chrome, and IE. For Firefox, the process name is "Firefox.exe," for Chrome, it's "Chrome.exe," and for Internet Explorer, it's "iexplore.exe." Changing the priority of these browser processes can enhance gameplay and make for smoother shooting.

Unfortunately, the browser splits itself up into several processes. For Internet Explorer, it's only two processes for me. For Chrome, it's as many as eight. As for Firefox, only one process is used. A way to get around this is by going to "Applications", right clicking, then clicking "Go to process". The relevant process will then be highlighted in the "Processes" tab.


Alright, enough explaining. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open up the Task Manager. (Simultaneously press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys).

Step 2: Click on "Processes," at the close-to-top of the application.

Step 3: Right click on your browser file name. (e.g. Chrome.exe).

Step 4: Move your mouse over "Set Priority."

Step 5: Mouse-over then click on "High." (You can try and set it to "Realtime," but rumor has it that it can cause system instability)

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 for each of the browser processes you find.


Your game should have a lot less lag, if you did everything right. The only downfall to this method is that it has to be repeated every time you open up your browser, but it shouldn't be too much of a hassle.

Thanks for reading,

Bravado

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