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Windows 7: My laptop's gaming performance dramatically fell in months...

12 Jun 2013   #1
danrage07

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
My laptop's gaming performance dramatically fell in months...

I've had my laptop for 3 years now. It doesn't have the best graphics. The best I could play is Fallout 3 on medium graphics. However, recently, all my games have started to lag and my CPU usage always seems to be 100% no matter what I do. I've cleared temporary files, cleaned my registry, de-fragged my hard disk and other things but they still lag. Games like Counterstrike 1.6 lag.. offline. Even in software mode or even if there are no other bots. DS emulators have started lagging too even the old DS games.

I had played games like DCUO, Lord of the Rings Online, Counterstrike Source with Medium Graphics. Now, I can barely play any of them at Low settings.. My internet is perfectly fine. Basically, my whole laptop's performance plummeted in a matter of months.. Is it because my laptop is getting old? Just months ago, it was perfectly fine..

Computer Specs:
Dell Inspiron n5030
Intel Pentium Dual Core t4500
Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Intel GMA 4500M HD.. not the best, I know)
4gb RAM

Any help would be kindly appreciated.


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12 Jun 2013   #2
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Have you tried doing a clean install of your OS?
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12 Jun 2013   #3
danrage07

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well. Scratch that. After a brief time cleaning up my laptop and uninstalling useless junk, it seems I can play some of those games pretty well. However, games like Half-Life 2, CS 1.6, CS Source and TF2 are the ones acting out the most.. they lag even if there are barely any bots. It seems my problems are isolated to Valve games. :\

And no, I haven't tried a clean install. That's probably the last thing in my list that I would do.
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12 Jun 2013   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Have you tried to do a cleaning of the lappy? Suggest turning off and use a vacuum for exhaust and compressed air on intake.
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12 Jun 2013   #5
ACR731

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by danrage07 View Post
And no, I haven't tried a clean install. That's probably the last thing in my list that I would do.

Personally, its the first thing I would have done. I understand this isn't a task that most people would feel comfortable doing, but its the first thing I do if my PC starts acting up.
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13 Jun 2013   #6
danrage07

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'll try doing the vacuum method first. If all else fails, I'd go do the clean install :P
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13 Jun 2013   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I think if nothing else you'll find lots of dust and dust bunnies will be set free and cooling will improve...always a good thing.
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13 Jun 2013   #8
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

It can be a list of things if you are running Steam do a Game Integrity check

Also update your HD graphics driver and your Laptops chipset they do update those things from time to time and you must go the the makers website for them not Intel

also check if they run better in compatibility mode vs how you are launching them now
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