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Need A Quick, Cost-Free (If Possible) Way To Run Games Faster

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March 26, 2013 12:16:00 PM

My friend has a laptop and wants to game. He came to me and quite honestly, I have no clue how to help.

His Specs are:
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Model: HP 2000 Notebook PC
Processor: AMD E-450 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.65 GHz
Installed RAM: 4.00 GB (3.60 Usable)
System Type: 64-bit operating system

If you are able to help in this situation I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you for your time,
Chris
March 26, 2013 12:23:10 PM

He wont be able to game on that with any recent or AAA type games. Flash stuff, some old school stuff, casual, indie type games, maybe. But anything else, nope not gonna happen.
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March 26, 2013 12:26:22 PM

vrumor said:
He wont be able to game on that with any recent or AAA type games. Flash stuff, some old school stuff, casual, indie type games, maybe. But anything else, nope not gonna happen.


That's what I figured, but I am not an expert, nor do I know how to tell with these things. Thank you for the reply. I really appreciate it.
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March 26, 2013 12:27:03 PM

Without actually changing anything hardware-wise, your only real option is to clean up the software side. If the system is sluggish in general, I'd wipe the OS and reinstall. Either way, make sure your drivers and direct-x are up-to-date, minimize your background programs that are running (look through your msconfig and services list and kill everything you can--even if you've got memory to spare, background programs will still eat at your CPU time), and make sure you're choosing video/audio settings in your games appropriate for the hardware.

If the system is getting pretty hot while playing, I'd pop it open and clean out the fan vents as best you can, as heat will cause the system to slow significantly. As long as the software is in decent shape and the system isn't clogged up, it should be able to play at least the games that were out when it was built, as well as probably some of the lower-end titles produced afterwards. It depends on what he's wanting to play, though.
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