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Windows 7: Laptop NBA 2k11 running slow when it was fine a few days ago

18 Nov 2011   #11
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Alright, I solved my problem, though I'm not entirely sure which scenario did it. I turned off the computer, disconnected the AC Adapter, disconnected the battery, and used an air can to blow out a bit of dust. One of two things happened:

1. The computer was so full of dust that the fans were slowing down and needed to be purged.
2. The video capture hardware I used caused a glitch in my laptop's hardware which was reset by removing all power from it and resetting the hardware in some way.

Thanks Dusty for your input. I have a boost in my fps now from 40 fps to 50 fps at higher graphics settings primarily (I believe) from the Windows 7 optimization.

The reason why 2. is a possibility is I know that doing a cold shutdown and removal of power performs some hardware reset. I have used this to fix many laptops which were performing abnormally (not starting windows, showing only a black screen on startup, etc.) I still am not sure how this hardware reset occurs, and would love to find out from someone more knowledgeable please.


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19 Nov 2011   #12
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

don't know much about a hardware reset, but i do know windows clears up a lot of things after a reboot. It is always recommended to reboot every once in a while, every week if not sooner, because it clears out the RAM and frees up space (which could also have slowed down your computer). How long has it been since your last boot? o.0 lol

I suppose it is a bit harder with a laptop, seeing as it is so much easier just to close the lid

I do believe I've asked both of these questions already:
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your computer is getting plenty of airflow and not overheating right
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Maybe it is that new video editing program that is slowing it down after all.
could have saved us both a lot of time and trouble if you had checked earlier
But no harm done, glad you got it covered
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19 Nov 2011   #13
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I rebooted eight times while this problem was occurring including a full shut down the night previous after running defragMyComputer.bat (a file I created that defrags the computer 10 times and does a boot defrag before shutting down the computer). Rebooting definitely was not the issue. And I was following your other suggestions you gave before you suggested checking the airflow problem. I think it was either that, or the hardware problem I mentioned in my last post. If it was the hardware reset that fixed the problem, it was not related to the software I installed for the capture device, it was related to the device itself.

Just to be clear, you were annoyed with ej3 for not following directions, and you seem annoyed with me for following directions. You never mentioned blowing the dust out of the computer; that was my idea to increase airflow. I find it a little rude to be told that I could have saved us time by doing something that was never actually suggested.
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19 Nov 2011   #14
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
I rebooted eight times while this problem was occurring including a full shut down the night previous after running defragMyComputer.bat (a file I created that defrags the computer 10 times and does a boot defrag before shutting down the computer). Rebooting definitely was not the issue. And I was following your other suggestions you gave before you suggested checking the airflow problem. I think it was either that, or the hardware problem I mentioned in my last post. If it was the hardware reset that fixed the problem, it was not related to the software I installed for the capture device, it was related to the device itself.

Just to be clear, you were annoyed with ej3 for not following directions, and you seem annoyed with me for following directions. You never mentioned blowing the dust out of the computer; that was my idea to increase airflow. I find it a little rude to be told that I could have saved us time by doing something that was never actually suggested.
First off I would like to offer an appology for any post of mine that seemed rude, I did not intend it in the least bit. I even put a smily face there to offset the post so as not to sound harsh.

I do admit that ej3 was getting to me a little bit as he wouldn't follow any directions, and again I appologize if that seeped over into this thread.

You did seem to be following directions, and the only reason I quoted myself and told you that you could have saved us time and trouble is because you told me that the solutions were found by you, when I had previously listed them. It just made me think that perhaps you weren't following directions. Now I guess I may have jumped the gun on that one, and I regret it. I am once again glad you got it working out however. congrates

Also, I still am not sure that any sort of hardware reset would have taken place as you mentioned you had shut down the computer multiple times. I am fairly certain that the airflow and the fans being able to operate to their full capacity (with the dust gone) is what made your computer get back to normal. Hardware will limit itself if it feels that it is getting too hot (so as to keep cool). If your fans were not moving as fast as they could, that would be a hindrance on your system.

I will have to remember to tell future threads to check for dust clogging their computer up. Maybe I should write all this down, I am getting old

Also, after reading back a ways, I think I will take your advice and try to make my posts sound a little more friendly so as not to sound like a robot with suggestions.

happy gaming!
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19 Nov 2011   #15
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
I rebooted eight times while this problem was occurring including a full shut down the night previous after running defragMyComputer.bat (a file I created that defrags the computer 10 times and does a boot defrag before shutting down the computer). Rebooting definitely was not the issue. And I was following your other suggestions you gave before you suggested checking the airflow problem. I think it was either that, or the hardware problem I mentioned in my last post. If it was the hardware reset that fixed the problem, it was not related to the software I installed for the capture device, it was related to the device itself.

Just to be clear, you were annoyed with ej3 for not following directions, and you seem annoyed with me for following directions. You never mentioned blowing the dust out of the computer; that was my idea to increase airflow. I find it a little rude to be told that I could have saved us time by doing something that was never actually suggested.
First off I would like to offer an appology for any post of mine that seemed rude, I did not intend it in the least bit. I even put a smily face there to offset the post so as not to sound harsh.

I do admit that ej3 was getting to me a little bit as he wouldn't follow any directions, and again I appologize if that seeped over into this thread.

You did seem to be following directions, and the only reason I quoted myself and told you that you could have saved us time and trouble is because you told me that the solutions were found by you, when I had previously listed them. It just made me think that perhaps you weren't following directions. Now I guess I may have jumped the gun on that one, and I regret it. I am once again glad you got it working out however. congrates

Also, I still am not sure that any sort of hardware reset would have taken place as you mentioned you had shut down the computer multiple times. I am fairly certain that the airflow and the fans being able to operate to their full capacity (with the dust gone) is what made your computer get back to normal. Hardware will limit itself if it feels that it is getting too hot (so as to keep cool). If your fans were not moving as fast as they could, that would be a hindrance on your system.

I will have to remember to tell future threads to check for dust clogging their computer up. Maybe I should write all this down, I am getting old

Also, after reading back a ways, I think I will take your advice and try to make my posts sound a little more friendly so as not to sound like a robot with suggestions.

happy gaming!

Very good to hear. I want you to know that I do appreciate the help you gave me. I just wanted you to understand that as users on here, some of us are here to learn and help, and some may not be as knowledgeable about their computers. I think I fall in the first category, but regardless of which category users are in, patience and understanding can often help users find a solution faster. You are not the only person on here I have seen get frustrated trying to help someone, and I know for some people, that frustration makes them have to stop getting help or at least take a break, which to me, hinders what experienced troubleshooters are trying to accomplish.
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