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What causes frame rates to drop

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May 29, 2011 1:39:40 AM

Hello,
when im playing any games at all on my laptop regardless of what game it is or whats running during the middle of my play time it will randomly drop from 50 fps to 20 or sometime 9 fps i have no idea what is causing this to happen. i have cleared my registry, defragged my hard drive, and also ran a full system restore, and the problem still persists if you can help me that would be awesome thx

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May 29, 2011 1:53:37 AM

playing games that are beyond the ability of the hardware.
playing at to high a setting.
overheating.
fragmentation.
can all play a part in a game not playing smoothly.
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May 29, 2011 1:56:01 AM

lol i have all better than recommended specs for both games i currently play and it still does it i think its a driver update issue and defragmentation issue im defragging again and updating my graphics card
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May 29, 2011 3:18:35 AM

still didnt work so idk what to do still at a loss
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May 29, 2011 3:50:58 AM

What are the games you are playing ? What is your PC specs ? And what settings and resolution ?

It can sometimes depend upon the driver of your GPU or how poorly a game is optimized, or how much the game maybe graphically intensive in some areas.
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May 29, 2011 3:32:48 PM

i play on an asus notebook G60Vx series
5.7 windows experience index rating
Intel core 2 Duo CPU P7450 @ 2.13GHz on both CPUs
4.00 GB of RAM
64 bit Windows 7
Nvidia Geforce GTX 260M 1GB video card
300GB harddrive
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May 29, 2011 3:44:37 PM

the games i play are League of Legends and wow atm and would like to get into Rift but my computer cant handle it as of now even though it has the recommended stats
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May 29, 2011 5:22:50 PM

Your CPU might be bottlenecking your GPU. What about your resolution ?
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May 29, 2011 5:57:10 PM

I think it could be dust problem open your laptop and clean your fans on GFX and CPU..hope it will help i had same problem and it did trick for me :)  :)  you can check your temp. first to be sure there is a lot of prog. out there you can downloaded it ...
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May 29, 2011 6:27:51 PM

just tried to clean it i cleared some dust off of the top but am not able to clean the GFX with a lack of a can of air so will have to wait but i think thats a good suggestion seeing as how often my computer runs hot
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May 30, 2011 12:57:51 AM

thegreatcheez said:
lol i have all better than recommended specs for both games i currently play and it still does it i think its a driver update issue and defragmentation issue im defragging again and updating my graphics card


I just want to point out that mobile video cards are not as powerful as their desktop counterparts. For example, the Radeon Mobility HD 5850 is approximately the equivalent to the desktop Radeon HD 5770.

Anywaste... possible causes of drops in frame rates could be:
1. Lots of textures being loaded.
2. Check your power settings; make sure the laptop power state is set to ALWAYS ON.
3. Could be various system processes working in the background like anti virus.

Even desktop PCs are subject to sudden dips as well.
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