DELL E6400 w/ NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M -- Horrible FPS!

I'm not much of a gamer, but I broke down and bought 'Street Fighter IV' for the PC because of how much I loved playing it on my iPhone. I looked around and saw that the game could be played on machines with less resources than mine. When I fired up the game, it was doing between 11- 13 FPS. Real crappy and slow. So I lowered all the settings to the min, and still not much better.

I have my laptop docked with the Dell E/port simple port replicator w/ a DVI and VGA connected to two HP W2207H 22" LCD displays.

I updated to the most recent version of drivers from NVIDIA's website and tried again. Not better.

I un-docked and played, and had slightly better results, but not what I was expecting.

If anyone has suggestions short of getting an entirely new computer, please let me know! Thanks.

Here's the specs of my laptop:

* Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 with VT, 2.80GHz, 1066MHz 6M L2 Cache, Dual Core
* 4.0GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 2 DIMM
* NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M, 256MB dedicated
* 250GB Hard Drive 9.5MM 7200RPM FFS
* Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
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  1. Well,your card performs like 9300MGS which is a low-end card for gaming,so that's why your FPS is low.
    Try lowering the resolution too and it should be playable.
  2. well that sux. is there any reason why it would play better when off of the dock? I had the resolution set to the same both on and off the dock.
  3. I'm sorry but by dock you mean the battery dock? if so,then i don't see any logical reasons why you get better performance because laptops perform the best while they are connected to AC power.
  4. Yep, the dock provides power, 1 DVI and 1 VGA video port, as well as a few USB ports. Below is a link to a picture of it:



    When I had the laptop undocked, I had it running on battery. So i'll try another scenario: undocked, plugged in and see if that helps.
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