I've been having some really difficult to pin-down problems with my laptop lately, which I first noticed while gaming. I was having trouble with stuttering/low FPS with a lot of my games, with the most noticeable and worrisome case being with my recent attempts to run Team Fortress 2. I've been able to play Team Fortress 2 for a few years now, on this same exact laptop, with absolutely zero problems - perfect, smooth gameplay, whether online or offline - and now, after having not played for about a month, I launched the game yesterday to find that my game performance is absolutely awful: heavy stuttering/low FPS, even offline, and even after fiddling with and lowering in-game video settings
In snooping around a bit on my own and trying to modify a few things and figure out the problem, I also found that my System Restore Points are disappearing: I will create restore points, have them finalize successfully, and find just days later that they've vanished, usually replaced by a couple of the most recent automatically created restore points. The cycle then continues: whenever there's any sort of installation or update, and the computer automatically creates a restore point, all previous restore points will vanish, keeping only the two or so most recently created (I'm familiar with the "Show more restore points" checkbox, so it's unfortunately not a matter of overlooking that option).
I'd really like to figure out why my gaming performance has been impacted over the past month or so (and would love to fix it), as I haven't consciously changed anything, and the disappearing restore points is another worrisome sign that I'd like to understand and fix.
Any help that can be offered will be greatly, greatly appreciated, and I'm willing to provide any information necessary.
Here are my specs to start:
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.50 GHz
6.00 GB (5.48 usable)
Windows 7, 64-bit operating system
Thank you so much.