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Display Flickers and tearings while gaming

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 14, 2011 1:55:09 AM

System specs: It's a Compaq Presario CQ41 laptop.

Microprocessor 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3-330M processor
Microprocessor Cache 3 MB L2 Cache
Memory 4 GB DDR3 (667Mhz)
Video Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350 Graphics M93-S3 LP
Video Memory 512 MB dedicated memory, clocks core 250Mhz, clocks memory 250Mhz
14.1 Diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800) 60ghz
Hard Drive 500 GB (5400 rpm)
Window 7 -32 bits

here is the pictures of it

It's only happens to Tropico 4, Hero might and magic VI, Cities XL 2011. I can play Starcraft II, Shogun II, Fallout: New Vegas ect ... just fine (at low graphics setting of course :p  ).

I ran a test from to see if my system pass the requirement for Tropico 4, and it's even pass the recommendation system requirement.
I did try Vsyn as some suggest (from others thread), Vsyn does "stop" the tearing jumping around, however it doesn't solve the problem (as you can see in the pic).

Help pleaseeeee :( 
December 14, 2011 2:26:04 AM

Your gpu could be overheating from topping out with the game, check the lappy ventilation also incase its clogged with dust.
December 14, 2011 3:54:14 AM

The tempt is 70c+ ( CPU ), 60c+ GPU. When the game is on.
I will check this and get back to you.
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December 14, 2011 3:29:17 PM

have you tried updating your gpu driver? having said that your gpu is not intended for gaming.
December 14, 2011 5:47:22 PM

I think it might be the GPU that went bad.

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December 14, 2011 6:02:24 PM

Based on your images those are heavy artifacts not stuttering or tearing. First try updating your drivers. If it only happens in some games then it may just be drivers. It also happens if your GPU overheats or has gone bad so check those temps.
December 14, 2011 6:06:01 PM

renz496 said:
having said that your gpu is not intended for gaming.

Well it is at least discrete with dedicated vram.
December 15, 2011 2:34:30 AM

I just update the driver, still the same.
I open the game ( when GPU temp is 57c ), still the same.

Now i have Chrome, HWCPUID, and the game, and the GPU temp still sitting at 57c, CPU is 57c for Core#0 and 60-62c for Core #2.

Im thinking it's just the GPU that doesn't "like" some game.

By the way, thank you very much for your time. Merry Christmas.

December 15, 2011 2:45:22 AM

It's seems like the "heavy artificial" only at a certain layer ( in Tropico 4), especially near the moving objects ( tree, grass, water ).

How do i know which GPU made for gaming ?
December 28, 2011 6:27:04 AM

Best answer selected by simplesheep.