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Non-gaming HIGH END laptop won't even load Black Ops 2 Multiplayer maps?

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June 20, 2013 8:43:41 AM

I have a Lenovo Z580 with stats that made it top of the market Q3 of 2012.... very good laptop.

I can play "offline" BO2 "multiplayer", or combat training, with just bots and no online gamers, but the maps take a good 3-5 minutes to load. This is unusual because on my old, crappier PC they loaded in about 15-30 seconds...

My old PC had:
2.33 Ghz Core 2 Quad Q8200
Windows 7
8 GB RAM
Radeon HD 4850 512 MB (maps still loaded about the same time on my older MUCH crappier HD 5450)
Corsair TX750W

My NEW laptop is better because it has:
Core i7 3520M 2.9 Ghz, 3.4 Ghz when turboboosted (happens automatically, or when I play BO2)
Windows 8
8 GB RAM
Intel HD 4000 <------ although this MAY seem like the problem, I can still get a constant 60 FPS at my desired (medium-high, no AA) settings when playing the "offline multiplayer" mode as described above... however, when I connect online, it takes 3-5 minutes to load and then times me out for taking too long to connect.

How do I fix this???? I have 8 GB of RAM in this machine and a better CPU than my old computer that could load maps in 15 seconds flat!!

Thanks for helping guys.
June 20, 2013 8:56:41 AM

Sounds network related to me. Have you ran a speed test to see what is going on? Does this happen for both wireless and wired? Are other things slow to load? Also with the laptop are any of your power settings wonky and it is lowering power on your wireless NIC when on battery?
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June 20, 2013 9:41:23 AM

Rozbwen said:
Sounds network related to me. Have you ran a speed test to see what is going on? Does this happen for both wireless and wired? Are other things slow to load? Also with the laptop are any of your power settings wonky and it is lowering power on your wireless NIC when on battery?


My internet speed is fine, and it doesnt work when I disable my firewalls. I always play with my power supply plugged in, with my battery plan on high performance. I WILL try playing plugged in to a wired internet (yellow ethernet cable). Idk what wireless NIC means...
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June 20, 2013 11:49:44 AM

Intel HD4K graphics is your issue, multiplayer is far more demanding on your CPU/GPU than the campaign. Frankly, your dual core CPU can probably run it...(Intel mobile i7 CPUs are dual core and BF3 MP likes a lot of cores)...but the iGPU is making your life miserable playing games.
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June 20, 2013 12:34:43 PM

I disagree with the other posters - when you're loading a level in almost any PC game, the hard drive is going to be the limiting factor.
Laptop hard drives are slow. The one in your laptop is probably 5400 RPM, whereas the standard desktop hard drive is at least 7200 RPM. What kind of hard drive did you have in your desktop?
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