It performs fine just doing normal tasks , ( programming , every day stuff ) so there is no problem there.
The problem starts when i go into games, but here aswell it is not just poor performance.
The performance problems start when there is a lot of movement on the screen.
for example, i just noticed this a lottt with street fighter 4. On levels when there arent little background people cheering, my performance is perfect, i can run it fully at max, and my super and ultra combos ( which are extremely flashy, and the most graphically demanding part of the game ) come out at max fps. However, when there are a lot of people in the background, my performance drops to a measily 20fps. This never used to happen, until I started getting hardware problems with my laptop.
The motherboard has been changed already, didnt change anything.
The graphics cards have been changed, didnt change anything.
The only thing that hasnt been changed actually are my harddrives and RAM memory , so I'm wondering, could it be that ? Is there any way of me testing it ? Or is there a different problem ? If anyone could help me, that would be great cause ive been having these problems for months, and dell isnt helping at all. They just keep pointing me towards the next person I have to call, who then says they want to replace my motherboard again !
Well mistake number 1, you bought a Dell. Hopefully you'll learn.
It depends what kind of strain those background people put on the system. I know they are true 3d models but that should be chicken feed compared to the rest of the games demands. It MIGHT be the CPU, its only a dual core after all and not clocked massively high because i will be utterly astounded if its the two 9800's. How does the laptop fare on other games?
at point 1, i know ;( never make that mistake again ..
Anyway, the weird thing about this situation is, I've had all of my games for a long time now, and they all used to work just fine in the past. The problems , like the 3d models in the back ( yes they are ;p i just thought referring them to little background people would make it easier to picture ) never used to give me any problems. I've got the same thing with every other game ive got now . another example is team fortress 2 : a game made with the source engine, my laptop should be able to munch that without a problem. Well , it used to .... If i go over 5 vs 5 the jolting because unplayable...
Because I've been playing these games in the past, I know the kind of performance I used to get . I have fully formatted my system several times, tried it on both vista and windows 7. 32 bit and 64 bit, all with the same problems.
Well i found out it was the svchost. exe that took up most of that power, so i closed em , and the idle performance now is 0-1%. I tried then running sf4 ( exact same stage settings etc to see if there is any difference ) but still the same low fps
When you reinstalled Windows, have you downloaded and installed all newest drivers for your hardware? The instances of svchost.exe are normal functions that won't bother anything. dwm.exe is the Vista Desktop Manager. You can keep it from running by switching your destop to classic mode.
I have installed all the drivers that came with my machine when it still worked alright after formatting. So I just installed driver checker, to check if any hardware was nt updated with the latest drivers. after patching everything up to the latest , i've still got the same problem . ....
(thanks btw @ everyone for trying to help me fix this ^^ , i've got more help here than i have had from dell tech support in 4 months .. o-o.)
1 - does this happen only with street fighter, or with other games as well?
i know the following might sound obvious, but it has to be asked:-
2 - is ure PC battery mode selected on High Performance when ure gaming? (leaving it in Balanced or Power Saver switches off 1 whole core).
3 - is the power cord connected to an electricity socket when u game? (even if its in high performance mode, the GPU's will still run at about 50% max if its not connected to the power).
there is only 1 thing i can think of, then; i believe there is a policy that if a customer has a serious hardware problem (which u clearly do) with their laptop upon purchase, you take it to the service center and they try to fix it, and u did and they changed the mobo. The second time again they try to fix it, and they seem to have changed the gpus?
The THIRD time, they take the laptop and give you an entirely new one. So call them or take it to them and ask for an entirely different, new unit.
Thats all i can suggest, bro.
Well I tried doing this stuff, and atm they offered me the following options :
Because my laptop is not being produced anymore by dell apparently I have the option of getting the alienware m17x, but i would have to pay an extra 1000 pounds ( thats right, a grand .. after paying a high sum last year for this one )
or send it back again, and have them fiddle around with it some more, but i need a laptop for coursework .. they're not giving me any options at all anymore... I just dont know what to do anymore, thats why I was hoping this would maybe shed some light on why it is doing it, ah well ..