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April 29, 2014 3:33:43 PM

Hello all!!

When i play games, it starts with a very smooth gameplay with no lag, fps issue.However only for 20-30 seconds..My FPS drops drastically and becomes a laggy play until i quit and start over.
Even my laptop is a bit old, i can play almost any game on low settings, so if it's runs for almost 1 min without any issue, this means it can keep up right?
I dont understand why it can't keep up the good performance as long as i'm playing.

Well here's my specs;
ASUS K50IN 4GB Memory
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
Intel Core 2 DUO T6500 2.10 GHZ
Nvidia Geforce 102m
Not overclocked or something

My laptop is 5 years old and updated my video drivers a month ago.Updating gave a huge boost but as i explained above...

Never updated any other drivers except video drivers since i heard other drivers shouldnt be touched if there's no problem with the system.

Never opened and cleaned its dust before.

Here's Temps;
Gaming;
CPU:70-73
GPU:85-87

Idle;
CPU:58-60
GPU:68-70

Well i dont know exactly the issue but i have some guesses;
Vista,dust problem or both hard disks 90% full...

Well i tried to be very very clear about my problem, i'd be happy more than anything if you guys could help me )))

Thanks in advance

April 29, 2014 3:51:56 PM

No offense but with those specs you really shouldn't be playing games.
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April 29, 2014 3:52:08 PM

what games in particular are you talking about?
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April 29, 2014 3:53:23 PM

Yes i know these specs are low end but i can enjoy games even on lowest settings ))
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April 29, 2014 3:54:00 PM

What you can play is Torchlight
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April 29, 2014 3:55:28 PM

wrathofdragon said:
what games in particular are you talking about?


well any games..For a few examples far cry 3, dead island riptide and so on.

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April 29, 2014 3:56:05 PM

Trust me do yourself a favour and download and play torchlight it'll run on any pc and will bring you hours of fun.
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April 29, 2014 3:57:45 PM

Well guys i know my specs limits but as long as i can play even on lowest settings its OK for me. Theres just a single issue thats all.
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April 29, 2014 4:01:05 PM

My apologies HSN93 but according to notebook check.com you'll be able to run a lot of demanding games on very low to low settings and get very playable frame rates
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April 29, 2014 4:04:35 PM

I used to have the same problem dude it is due to overheating.
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April 29, 2014 4:09:02 PM

siveshen said:
My apologies HSN93 but according to notebook check.com you'll be able to run a lot of demanding games on very low to low settings and get very playable frame rates


siveshen said:
I used to have the same problem dude it is due to overheating.


Yes it could be a dust problem but i can't risk to open my laptop case since i dont know much about these stuffs. I'd like to be sure about this.

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April 29, 2014 4:13:38 PM

Usually i test the things my clients will be able to run on their PCs and what settings on this site it checks your hardware, tells you what games you can run and at about what settings. its usually pretty accurate, however +/-10% error. (meaning it may say you can run the game at medium, however it is very hard to play/low fps, so for the aesthetics you lower the settings.)
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April 29, 2014 4:21:08 PM

Could you give me your laptops name and model number please so I could do more research.
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April 29, 2014 4:22:28 PM

wrathofdragon said:
Usually i test the things my clients will be able to run on their PCs and what settings on this site it checks your hardware, tells you what games you can run and at about what settings. its usually pretty accurate, however +/-10% error. (meaning it may say you can run the game at medium, however it is very hard to play/low fps, so for the aesthetics you lower the settings.)


Thanks for the link wrathofdragon, already using this site. but my problem is; whatever any site says i end up tweaking those games to lowest. Im running perfectly any games(tweaked or old) at the beginning but it cant keep up good performance as it started with. Probably 80% overheating then, but could it be some malware?..
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April 29, 2014 4:25:18 PM

siveshen said:
Could you give me your laptops name and model number please so I could do more research.


Everything i know is above siveshen )
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April 29, 2014 4:34:58 PM

Start/Computer/System Properties (bar on top)/ Manufactorer, model are there
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April 29, 2014 4:42:11 PM

Yep, as i mentioned above ASUS K50IN..
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April 29, 2014 4:42:46 PM

Ok so basically your problem is over heating because as you make use of the gpu it gets hotter which is supposed to make the fans spin faster but on a laptop this isn't always the case and exposing your laptop to high temperatures over the years will lead to pixelated display colour bands etc.
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April 29, 2014 4:45:55 PM

try the "minimal dusting method"

Open the little doors that are on the bottom of laptop (usually small one screw panels for ram, wifi, etc.) and use some compressed air to blow some air around there and try to angle the air around.
while holding the fan from spinning lightly with a toothpick (if you just blow air directly on the fan, it could start spinning too fast and later your fan might break) blow air around the fan, in the inlets and outlets. Take out the battery and blow the air in all the little holes that you can see.

When gaming, elevate your laptop 1/4 inch or more off the table to allow more air to circulate underneath the laptop. if you dont care too much about how your laptop looks, you can take off the little doors on the back completely off while gaming (dont touch anything on the inside with your fingers, and only put the laptop on table.). try getting a fan pad for your laptop, the more the laptop fan configuration matches your laptop fans, the better. if you dont want to buy a fan pad, just get some spare PC fans and attach them something that will elevate your laptop and allow air to flow in. (1 usb wire, 1 fan, 8 blocks (same sized), and 1 surface material (cardboard, plastic, plexiglass, etc.). Attack the blocks in four corners of the material that you have chosen. make a hole where you will place the fan. attach the fan and the other 4 blocks to the other side of the material. put the makeshift base with the fan side up (hopefully the fan matches the fan location on your laptop) and place your laptop on top. TADA~~ you have a fan base...)
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April 29, 2014 4:47:14 PM

HSN93 said:
Yep, as i mentioned above ASUS K50IN..


lol all i read was the ASUS and 4GB Memory part.
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April 29, 2014 4:49:27 PM

Your laptop is perfect for all tasks except playing newer games or too demanding games.I remember when I had my 6600gt it would run fine for about an hour but after that the games would lag a lot.
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April 29, 2014 4:49:56 PM

siveshen said:
Ok so basically your problem is over heating because as you make use of the gpu it gets hotter which is supposed to make the fans spin faster but on a laptop this isn't always the case and exposing your laptop to high temperatures over the years will lead to pixelated display colour bands etc.


Thanks for the info siveshen, so it's 99% overheating i guess since i never cleaned it for 5 years. So that could explain poor performance which happens after almost 1min gaming. Because if it was low specs, i couldn't play those games right? Well poorly made ports is another story... But many of nextgen pc games are running on lowest settings on my machine.

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April 29, 2014 4:54:17 PM

wrathofdragon said:
try the "minimal dusting method"

Open the little doors that are on the bottom of laptop (usually small one screw panels for ram, wifi, etc.) and use some compressed air to blow some air around there and try to angle the air around.
while holding the fan from spinning lightly with a toothpick (if you just blow air directly on the fan, it could start spinning too fast and later your fan might break) blow air around the fan, in the inlets and outlets. Take out the battery and blow the air in all the little holes that you can see.

When gaming, elevate your laptop 1/4 inch or more off the table to allow more air to circulate underneath the laptop. if you dont care too much about how your laptop looks, you can take off the little doors on the back completely off while gaming (dont touch anything on the inside with your fingers, and only put the laptop on table.). try getting a fan pad for your laptop, the more the laptop fan configuration matches your laptop fans, the better. if you dont want to buy a fan pad, just get some spare PC fans and attach them something that will elevate your laptop and allow air to flow in. (1 usb wire, 1 fan, 8 blocks (same sized), and 1 surface material (cardboard, plastic, plexiglass, etc.). Attack the blocks in four corners of the material that you have chosen. make a hole where you will place the fan. attach the fan and the other 4 blocks to the other side of the material. put the makeshift base with the fan side up (hopefully the fan matches the fan location on your laptop) and place your laptop on top. TADA~~ you have a fan base...)


Thanx for taking your time and give a detailed explanation ) I will try to clean and increase the height next time.
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April 29, 2014 5:04:00 PM

No probz
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April 29, 2014 5:06:10 PM

No problem, Glad to help. (remembered the good old days when my desktop was not completed and i had to play games on my laptop... lets just say that its hard to PWN N00bs with a laptop mouse....)
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