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Random Drops to 0 FPS Every 10 Seconds

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June 26, 2014 4:43:13 PM

I have a problem in which I have a serious stuttering issue when a lot of CPU is in use. Every 5 to 15 seconds, my games drop to 0 fps for .5-2 seconds. I found out that the temperature of the CPU was 90 degrees Celsius. I read a recommendation to turn from "High performance" to "Power Saver" mode to decrease the temperature. This worked, and the temperature dropped to 65 degrees Celsius in 10 minutes. I have had this laptop for almost 2 years and this is a problem that it has had for most of the second half of its life.

Laptop
Toshiba Satellite E305-S1995

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU
Intel Core i5 2410M @ 2.30 GHz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology

RAM
6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)

Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics Family (Toshiba)
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June 26, 2014 5:12:02 PM

Have you cleaned out your laptop fans recently? Power saver mode does decrease the heat that your laptop generates but it will also decrease the power that is sent to the CPU when you try to do something so it will decrease performance in games. You need to find a way to keep your laptop cool while in performance mode to play games.
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June 26, 2014 6:03:58 PM

numanator said:
Have you cleaned out your laptop fans recently? Power saver mode does decrease the heat that your laptop generates but it will also decrease the power that is sent to the CPU when you try to do something so it will decrease performance in games. You need to find a way to keep your laptop cool while in performance mode to play games.


I have not. I literally have to take the whole base of my laptop apart to access the insides, so I have held off this solution. If this is really what I must do to fix my problem, then I shall do it. If there's anything else that I should do while I'm in there, please let me know.

If anyone else believes that they have a more accurate or better solution to this problem, please don't hold back.
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June 26, 2014 8:43:22 PM

You could try using compressed air to blow out the vents and also get a cooling pad thingy to help keep it cool. I used to have tons of overheating problems trying to play games on a laptop.
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June 26, 2014 9:22:02 PM

numanator said:
You could try using compressed air to blow out the vents and also get a cooling pad thingy to help keep it cool. I used to have tons of overheating problems trying to play games on a laptop.


I already used the compressed air in all of the vents. I also have a usb external fan below the laptop. Are cooling pads more efficient than external fans?
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June 28, 2014 8:52:17 AM



The maximum frequency and CPU drop at the time of the freezes. Temperature does not necessarily seem to be the issue because the problems still occur right after turning my laptop on and there are less freezes when it is on "High performance" and at 90 degrees than when it is in "Power Saver" mode and the temperature is substantially less.
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June 28, 2014 3:36:13 PM

You may need to replace the thermal paste on the laptop's cpu. Personally never done it but it doesn't look super simple.

Edit: When I said cooling pads I meant the external fans, just couldn't think of the right words
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June 28, 2014 8:38:03 PM

numanator said:
You may need to replace the thermal paste on the laptop's cpu. Personally never done it but it doesn't look super simple.

Edit: When I said cooling pads I meant the external fans, just couldn't think of the right words


Although this may be the solution to the problem, the only reason why I am skeptical is because the same problem occurs right after I turn my laptop on, when it is still relatively cool.
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