How can I improve my laptop performance?

November 13, 2011 at 09:14:44
Specs: Windows 7
Hi forum, first post so be gentle :D
I have an HP Pavilion Dv7 laptop from about a year ago, and I'm looking for ways to improve my gaming performance that fits within a relatively small budget. I'm finding it hard to immerse myself in games when I have to use the lowest settings all the time. However, I'm not too smart on computer tech, so I have no idea what to do/buy. Are there any cheap, but effective ways to improve my gaming performance on this laptop? If it comes to choosing a particular aspect, I would mostly want to improve my graphics settings. Here are the specs I currently have:

System Model: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II N850 Triple-Core Processor, 2200 Mhz, 3 Cores
Display adapters: AMD M889G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250and AATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

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November 13, 2011 at 09:49:44
Might try that flash boost with a fast usb flash drive or other removable drive.

Other choices include stopping all sorts of un-needed services. Plenty of web pages on it. Some people create a single use OS stripped down for a single use.

You can't really do much with a laptop. They are not upgradable, just replaceable.

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November 14, 2011 at 05:08:48
The graphics are holding you back & since they're not upgradeable, there's not much you can do to improve gaming performance. Dumping all the useless HP pre-packaged software & tweaking your Windows installation will help general performance, but will do little to improve gaming. Having a decent graphics adapter is the key ingredient. Either buy an actual "gaming laptop", play your games on a gaming desktop, or suffer with what you have. Those are really your only options.

BTW, it looks like there are several dozen versions of the Pavilion Dv7. It would help to know which one you're asking about:

Find your graphics adapter here & read the review:

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