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A Good PC Gone Bad


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supportme

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So I have a fairly decent PC (see specs below) but I am having some troubles with it now.

Whenever I am running a game, it start out running smooth and then suddenly goes jumpy and a random point.

This is occurring in games that I used to play on maximum settings with no problem (Bioshock) and in new games that I play on the minimum settings (Call of Duty: World at War). Even when I changed the settings (Bioshock) from the highest to the absolute lowest, this problem still occurs.

*A few notes- I recently had to restore my computer due to a start up problem. After I restored it, I updated it with the most recent video card drivers. When that didn't work, I downloaded the previous video card drivers and that had no effect either. It was exactly the same.

Here are my specs:

Toshiba P105-s9722 (I didn't write this description, so sorry if it sounds corny)

* Powerful multimedia, gaming PC with 17-inch LCD; 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor (4 MB L2 cache)
* Gigantic 200 GB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM (4 GB max), dual-layer, multi-format DVD/CD burner
* Four USB 2.0, one FireWire, one S-Video, one DVI-D, one PCMCIA, one Expresscard 54/34, multi-format memory card reader
* Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 graphics card with 256 MB of dedicated RAM; tri-mode 802.11a/b/g wireless connectivity; Bluetooth
* Windows XP Professional Edition, SP2--Windows Vista capable and Windows Vista Premium ready

I appreciate any help and will gladly fall to my knees and worship anyone who can give me a fix to this solution.
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sarahw

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Hi supportme,
Laptops aren't the best for gaming, even if it's marketed that way.
If it suddenly gets jumpy after playing a while, I'd suspect overheating first. A notebook cooler might help.
7900 series cards are also getting a but on the old side of graphics.
Try closing all programs running in the background like messenger. Open task manager and have a look at what your computer is doing when playing games. Also, try a program called speedfan, run it in the background to see if your temperatures are high.
Try a program called fraps to test your fps in games.
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rshaffer61

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Download Speedfan (The download link is in the first line of the second paragraph), and install it. Once it's installed, run the program and post here the information it shows. The information I want you to post is the stuff that is circled in the example picture I have attached.

You can take a Screenshot and attach it to your next reply to make it easier also.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


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