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World of Warcraft FPS and Sound Stutters

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July 6, 2014 10:35:16 PM

When I play World of Warcraft I have to play without the music as it stutters repetitively. But not only does the music stutters but also the framerate and at some points it gets so severe where my screen freezes entirely for a few seconds. The stutters happen very frequently. I play on a laptop which Im aware is known not to be ideal for gaming. But my laptop should be able to handle the game at the settings I play on. When I first got the computer, it played WoW very well with no issues what so ever. But gradually began to degrade. I play on a VAIO VPCF23JFX

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July 6, 2014 10:50:16 PM

have you tried defragging the drive?

how much free ram and vram do you have when in game?
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July 6, 2014 10:58:31 PM

How can i find that out?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 6, 2014 11:04:58 PM

for vram, gpu usage and gpu temps, use GPU-Z

for CPU temp use coretemp

for ram and cpu usage, use resource monitor built into windows

for defrag just use the window one
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July 7, 2014 10:16:12 AM

Youre gonna have to help me out with GPU-Z because I cant find what Im looking foor. For CPU Temp when playing WoW it varies between 84-88 degrees Celsius. Im currently defragging but for some reason it looks like its stuck at 0% relocating. And I also can't find what Im looking for in the resource monitors. Sorry :( 
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July 7, 2014 6:09:45 PM

My core temps vary from 84 to 90 degrees Celsius. My memory usage is about 520 MB. GPU Temps is 93 degrees Celsius.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 7, 2014 7:10:26 PM

what is your cpu frequency, gpu core clocks and GPU Load?

it seems like you may be facing thermal throttling
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July 7, 2014 7:22:28 PM

My GPU core clocks fluctuate from 200 to 670 MHz very frequently. My CPU frequency varies from 67 to over 100 percent every other second. GPU Load fluctuates from 47 to 99 percent very frequently also
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 7, 2014 7:46:20 PM

Is there some way you can raise the bottom of the laptop while playing?

do you have a cooling mat or a fan you can cool it with?

I want to rule out thermal throttling issues (parts get so hot they slow themselves down to prevent damage)

can I also get you cpu, gpu and laptop models?
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July 7, 2014 8:08:36 PM

GPU: GF108
CPU: Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20 GHz
Laptop: VPCF23JFX

I've had this computer for a couple years, do you think that the temperature wore some parts down after so long?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 7, 2014 9:05:28 PM

the heatsink may be full of dust you need to clean out or thermal paste could have dried out

unless you're on the lwoest GF108 mobile chip, your perf should be decent in the games you quoted

I suggest cleaning everything and maybe re installing drivers
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July 7, 2014 9:06:25 PM

How do I go about that? Should I buy some sort of cooling mat
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 7, 2014 9:12:49 PM

don't go out buying a cooling mat till you've cleaned out the heatsink and tried new drivers

I can't find a guide to take apart your laptop so I can't help you there

You can try using compressed air to blow intot eh main vent to try and clear it out

here is driver install guide (grab the latest one from main site instead of the ones in the list)
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2900...

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July 7, 2014 9:32:20 PM

Thanks so much man. Just dusting it with an air duster did the trick. I cant believe it, after 2 years of this thing going downhill you brought it back to day one. I just wish I thought sooner to simply ask and get that simple solution. Thanks a lot man. You dont know how much this means to me :D  :D  :D  :D  :D 
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 7, 2014 9:45:15 PM

no worries man, glad you got it working :) 

the temps and erratic clock speeds gave it away :p 
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July 8, 2014 7:54:21 AM

Day 2 things are still running better than before though for some reason Im beginning to experience the FPS drops and music and ambiance sounds stuttering again. Things were cool last night. How can I eliminate this issue for good? Take apart the laptop and really clean it orrr....
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 8, 2014 11:57:37 AM

i guess by blowing in, the dust just got dislodged but after a day or so, the dust still inside ahs gotten stuck by the fins again

taking it apart may be the only way

a cooling mat usually doesn't provide enough cooling to make much of a difference
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July 8, 2014 5:32:57 PM

Ok Ill see what I can do. How often should I clean it?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 8, 2014 5:35:06 PM

i think once every 6 months - 1 year would be enough for sure
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July 8, 2014 5:42:21 PM

And hopefully this is my last question but what exactly am I looking for to clean? The fan? The vents? Do I clean them just with the bottom detached or do i take it out and put it back in? How do I do this?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 8, 2014 5:51:54 PM

I don't have any instructions for taking apart your specific laptop

usually involves unscrewing the entire bottom off, sometimes requires taking keyboard and bezels off to access some screws

you want to clean the fan itself and the heatsink and the vent
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July 8, 2014 6:06:03 PM

beside what stickmansam said , do few tweaks regarding your game setting + nvidia control panel
go to control panel>>nvidia control panel>>manage 3d setting>>power management mode : keep it on "prefer maximum performance
beside keep your laptop power option to high performance ,preferred while plugged.
may i ask what setting you play on world of warcraft ? if u can take a picture of it would appreciate it
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July 8, 2014 10:11:20 PM

stickmansam said:
I don't have any instructions for taking apart your specific laptop

usually involves unscrewing the entire bottom off, sometimes requires taking keyboard and bezels off to access some screws

you want to clean the fan itself and the heatsink and the vent

Ok so Im having some real trouble opening this laptop here. As far as my eyes can see everything is unscrewed. Yet half the laptop wont budge and I dont dare to attempt prying it open. Half the laptop is wide open and allows me to see into the laptop. unfortunately the side that wont budge is the side with the van and such.

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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 8, 2014 10:26:37 PM

I can't really help you unfortunately XD

there may be a other screws udner bezels or plastic tabs are holding things to together
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July 10, 2014 5:11:50 PM

So its been a couple days now and it's gotten worse. Though my framerate is better the music and ambiance still stutter frequently. So after unsuccessful attempts at disassembling the laptop I decided to take it to a local tech store. They took it and cleaned it out with an air compressor saying I got most of the dust out. Come home and there is still problems. Could this be my sound drivers? The improved FPS is nice but still freezes occasionally unfortunately.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 10, 2014 5:17:00 PM

what is your CPU load like?

you could try using new sound card drivers
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July 10, 2014 5:26:07 PM

When its normal it ranges from 47 to mid 50s and when the stutters occur it jumps to 99. Just like before.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 10, 2014 5:27:37 PM

if your temps and fps are much better than before, I think it might be a software issue
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July 10, 2014 5:30:27 PM

Can I fix it?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 10, 2014 5:31:24 PM

you can try downloading the sound drivers for your laptop and any other drivers and resintalliing them
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July 10, 2014 5:53:11 PM

Currently downloading GeForce 337.88. Would wiping my computer be a possible solution? My friend brought it up to me a few times but I never knew how to go about it.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 10, 2014 6:13:49 PM

you would need to download or get a win7 disk of the same version as your current one

then you extract your windows 7 key from your current install and deactivate your installtion

you then proceed to install win7 and wipe everything from current one

reinstlal all drivers and updates onto new new installtion
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July 10, 2014 6:22:09 PM

It would give me a clean slate to work with right? Should it go back to how it was day one? How do I find the version of win7 I have and put it on a disk? This still seems really confusing to me :(  especially the part where you said to extract the install and then deactivate it?
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July 10, 2014 7:07:11 PM

How can I create recovery disks for the stuff I want to keep like my photos and drivers? Which drivers do I even need? Just the GeForce and Audio ones? Sorry to shoot so many questions at you. Its just a new thing to me
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 10, 2014 7:55:23 PM

can can use the hidden recovery partition so you don't need to use disks

the recovery back to factory will contain all the correct drivers. If you need new ones, go to the Sony site and search you model in support. The GPU ones are found on Nvidia site.

for photos, you should manually save them
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July 10, 2014 8:48:49 PM

I checked my disk management and there is a blank disk that says Healthy (Recovery Partition) that is about 12 GB, a disk that says (C:)  Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) that is about 450 GB, and another disk that says System Reserved Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) at 100 MB
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July 11, 2014 8:14:49 AM

So I dont need to uninstall my windows key? Just do those steps and Ill be good
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 11, 2014 11:44:41 AM

yup :)  but rmbr to backup your files first
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July 13, 2014 3:37:28 PM

I've been busy the past few days and never got around to the reset but I just got it done today and everything is good so far. Ill update ya once I install WoW
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