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June 25, 2013 5:42:01 PM

So, here is the situation.

I have a notebook with Nvidia GT640M LE...I tried to play GTA 4.....but it is so slow....the GTA 4 benchmark said I have around 25 - 30 fps. I went on Youtube and saw other people play GTA 4 with GT640M LE, and their gameplay is super smooth. I have the same game graphic setting as they do...can anyone tell me what's the problem?

SO what exactly happens in the game was....

When I first got into the game, the first couple seconds, maybe 4-5 s, the game ran super smooth, but right after that 5s, the game just slows down incredibly

This situation actually occurs in some other games I play also, it just seems like to me that the laptop is able to run it smoothly but somehow something makes it goes slow.

I have done some research online, and I suspect that it maybe because my primary display is set to Intel HD4000. I have tried to set my GT640M to primary display but it doesn't allow me to do that. I have tried to disable Intel HD4000 in the bios, but I can't do that either...(because I think the Manufacturer hid some options in the bios).....so I just have no idea what I should do.....

I am seriously hoping any professional here can help me

Spec:

CPU: i7 - 3632QM 2.20 GHz Superboost
Ram: 8gb DDR3

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June 25, 2013 5:44:35 PM

Sounds like thermal throttling, check your CPU/GPU temps while playing.
You might need to invest in laptop cooling pad.
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June 25, 2013 6:17:25 PM

Thanks for the quick response. What should be the acceptable temperature of the CPU while playing game like GTA 4???

I have tried to install the driver. I tried to disable Intel HD4000 in device manager, and then uninstall and reinstall the Nvidia driver...the same situation still exists. I guess when I say I couldn't change the primary display I meant windows doesn't allow me to do so....

This is the picture
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June 25, 2013 6:27:30 PM

hamham1991 said:
Thanks for the quick response. What should be the acceptable temperature of the CPU while playing game like GTA 4???

I have tried to install the driver. I tried to disable Intel HD4000 in device manager, and then uninstall and reinstall the Nvidia driver...the same situation still exists. I guess when I say I couldn't change the primary display I meant windows doesn't allow me to do so....

This is the picture


Ok, that isn't thermal throttling. Here's something I found on a dell support thread:
"Go to Nvidia Control Panel. At top Click on Desktop (or View). Check all boxes. This will provide a choice of which graphics processor to use by right clicking the game or other program. The GPU Activity in the Notification Area of the task bar will show which programs are using the Nvidia GPU. You may want to uncheck "Show only programs on this computer" in Program Settings tab in Manage 3D Settings. Use all other default settings in Nvidia Control manager. You can test this by going to You Tube with Internet Explorer and searching for an HD Video. Be sure the settings in the flash video are at 720p or 1080p. While the video is playing, open the GPU Icon in the notification area. You will see either the Explorer Icon or a miniature copy of the web page."
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June 25, 2013 6:39:50 PM

I just tried it...

But the result is....


Sorry for the Chinese, I don't know why the control panel was set to it.
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June 25, 2013 6:41:47 PM

I guess for more information,

I actually play GTA 4 through Steam...I don't know if it will complicate things...
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June 25, 2013 6:43:41 PM

What am I looking at in that picture?
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June 25, 2013 6:44:01 PM

And I'm pretty sure steam wouldn't complicate things.
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June 25, 2013 6:49:40 PM

Well for starters gta4 is cpu and gpu killer its so badly optimized for pc it's not funny.
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June 25, 2013 6:53:13 PM

megahurtz said:
Well for starters gta4 is cpu and gpu killer its so badly optimized for pc it's not funny.


Yeah that's right but the computer isn't even utilizing the discrete graphics.
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June 26, 2013 1:13:28 AM

check in your bios to make sure nvidia optimus tech is switched off just to be sure that its not playing up n using the intel gpu for games some times it dont like switching cards properly if that don't work there's a few more thing's you can try good luck and happy gaming ;) 
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