I just bought Skyrim for my new laptop and the fps is horrible. I tried tweaking in different ways but it doesn't seem to have any effect, what could be the problem? Or any tips to increase performance? It even rons choppy on the lowest settings possible. Updated my drivers, etc.
My specs are:
OS: Windows 7 64bit
CPU: Intel Core I7-2630QM, 2.0GHz
Nvidia Geforce GT540M Cuda 1GB
Would really apreciate it if you could give me a push in the right direction.
The honest answer is that for high end gaming NO LAPTOP will even come close to a gaming PC....
All the best Brett
This may be true, but it is entirely possible for Skyrim to run at decent graphical settings on the described hardware. My friend had a similar problem, in which the game would automatically run off of the onboard graphics, rather than the dedicated card on his laptop. Once we managed to get it to run on the dedicated card, it runs quite well at medium-high settings.
I cannot determine what controls the detection for which programs ought to run with onboard and which with dedicated. I'm suspecting it has to be with intel drivers since most likely the CPU makes the decision upon detecting any particular program, check if you can update the intel GPU drivers, that should add skyrim to the list of programs it autodetects and allow it to run with dedicated card.
I believe the Nvidia graphics driver does the detection (Optimus)
Right mouse click on Desktop and chose Nvidia Control Panel
Select Manage 3D settings
Select Program Settings tab
Then find Skyrim in the drop down or use the add button
Then change the preferred graphics processor to High-performance Nvidia processor
That should force the use of your Nvidia GPU for Skyrim