Games Run Slow and Graphics Stutter

January 27, 2006 at 12:26:38
Specs: WinXp sp2, 3.2Ghz 500ram (Laptop)

Hi,

I was wondering if someone could help me out but I can't give you much to go on I'm afraid. When I bought this laptop all my games ran perfectly - even reasonably high-end FPSs and the like. But after a while I started to get graphical stutters.
This was only mildly annoying at first but they got worse. After the stutters games started to slow down. Now nothing works all that well. I have Neverwinter Nights which is just your usual mediocre-graphics RPG and this also stutters and slows down every time there are more than a couple of things going on on-screen. I even tried using the 32meg and 16 meg texture packs and turning the all the bells-and-whistles off - it still stutters and runs very slowly.
This is extremely frustrating. I have a decent 64 meg nvidia card and for a laptop this one is pretty powerful. A mobile phone would probably run NN better than I can.
I have tried de-frag, scan-disk, cleaned the registry, deleted a lot of old files taking up space, played around with graphics options etc. etc. but no luck. I really don't have any idea what might be causing this - It could be a lot of things I suppose. Sorry I can't give any more information. If anyone has any ideas I'd be very grateful.


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#1
January 27, 2006 at 13:55:10

how bigs your hdd? if its full to the brink its going to be very slow and choppy, plus whats your gpu nvidia what??

ferret


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#2
January 27, 2006 at 17:20:32

Also, some laptops automatically reduce the CPU speed when disconnected from the mains to save power? What stuff do you have running in the background? Virus scanners etc really take a toll on FPS especially if they are set to scan automatically when you boot up, it can take ages to do a full scan sometimes, disconnect from the internet and shut them down temporarily while you play..

AMD AthlonXP 2200+
Abit NF7-S v2.0
Geforce4 Ti4200 128mb
1GB Crucial PC2700
80GB & 120GB SATA HDD's
SB Audigy2 ZS
Enermax Noisetaker 485W


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#3
January 28, 2006 at 11:03:21

Thanks a lot for the help - I deleted a lot of old stuff and reduced the hard drive storage to about 50% of capacity instead of the 90% that is was. The game runs much better now though I still get the odd stutter. I had no idea that the amount of stuff on your hard drive could have such an effect on performance. I'll try burning a lot of it onto cd instead of leaving it on the HD in future.


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