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Muzzleloader

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hello

I am having problems with my Dell latitude D820, when running a video game, after about 7-10 minutes

the game slows way down, then after a few more minutes the game speeds back up again. It does

this over and over again, with any game I play, on every level of graphic detail. This problem started a few

months ago, but nothing I did fixed the problem. I finally gave up and reformatted my hard drive and reinstalling

Windows XP, thinking this a fool proof solution. But after completing the reinstall, the problem persists, so I think

there might be a hardware problem. I have run Dell diagnostics thoroughly and have found no problems. Any

help I could receive would be appreciated!!

System Specs:

Dell Latitude D820
Windows XP SP2
2.5GB RAM
nVidia Quadro NVS 120m 512Mb GPU
Intel Core Duo 2.0Ghz
60Gb 7200rpm HHD

Thanks!!!
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Maybe it is your fans turning on and off not cooling your rig then cooling it again. Mine used to do that. After like a 1/2 an hour it would just slow down drastically. To see if you need better cooling try taking off the side of the case and blowing a regular house fan into it. If this solves it than see about adding more fans.

Edited by jackflash1991, 21 August 2007 - 06:45 PM.

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The problem started about 6 months after I first got my laptop, and I had been

playing games regularly before the problem, I don't know why it would suddenly

not be able to keep the comp cool enough, unless the fan is damaged, thats why

I first ruled that out, but I'll give it a try
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Oh its a laptop. I thought it was a desktop.

Edited by jackflash1991, 21 August 2007 - 09:07 PM.

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Thank you very much for all the help, it was an overheating problem.

I have started using a program called I8kfanGUI, which lets me manually

control my fan speed. If anybody knows of any other programs that might

work better, or any cheap ways to keep the laptop cool, I would be grateful

to hear them. Thanks again!
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Well if you know how to browse through your BIOS, you can usually set the fan to trigger at a lower temp.
If that does not help enough, their are cooling pads that are fans that cool the to bottom surface of the laptop.
http://www.newegg.co...st....,18,21,20

Or even if that is not enough there is external notebook CPU cooling fans that help with the airflow in the laptop. This one looks kinda cheep but it will give you an idea of what they look like:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834998465
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