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Games aren't running smoothly on my PC. Please help

by Sultan_Ameer / February 22, 2010 6:07 AM PST

Many new games like Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 5 and Need for Speed Shift are not running smoothly on my PC, these games do run smoothly when I set the resolution of these games to 800x600. I already used some PC/game booster software but none of this worked. I also checked the recommended system requirement for these games and my PC specification is also good to meet the recommended system requirement for these games.

My system specification:
Model: HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel Core2Duo 2.00GHz
Memory: 3 GB
HDD: 230 GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS (1521 MB)

I also checked the CPU and Memory usage of my PC during any of the above games were running and my PC CPU usage was 60-70 percent and my PC Memory usage was around 2 GB.

Any help will be appreciated.

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That 9200m is not "game."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2010 8:07 PM PST

The 9200 helps get you Vista or 7's AERO but not much else. I see you found that lower resolutions help so keep doing that but this is not a driver or such issue. It's simply a video solution that is not a gamer's choice.

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"laptops make for HORRID gaming platforms."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2010 9:24 PM PST

Worth repeating. While we all hope for the eventual 1 Watt laptop that can game I fear this is years from now. For now, try to get by and think again about how much a gaming laptop costs. Maybe the 360 and such is the right solution.

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Like Bob said
by Jimmy Greystone / February 23, 2010 1:01 AM PST

Like Bob said, your system is pretty low end, especially the graphics chip. It simply isn't up to the task of playing newer games, and there's just nothing you're going to do about that except what you've already done. Lower the resolution and detail levels, hope that's enough. Very soon even that won't cut it.

And just for the future, laptops make for HORRID gaming platforms. If you want gaming on the go, get a PSP or DS. You want to do PC gaming, get a desktop. The video chip on laptops is almost always soldered directly to the motherboard, so there's no chance of replacing it like you can with a desktop that has a PCI-E slot.

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gaming laptops
by Akimo / February 25, 2010 8:55 PM PST
In reply to: Like Bob said

What about gaming laptops, I mean laptops designed for gaming sucg as e.g. Asus G73JH or that stuff from Alienware. That can't be "horrid", can it?

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I'd start a new discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2010 8:59 PM PST
In reply to: gaming laptops

Today, for now and maybe for some time the gaming laptop has issues.

Rather than start that discussion in a discussion that is not yours, start your own discussion.

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The short answer
by Jimmy Greystone / February 26, 2010 3:56 AM PST
In reply to: gaming laptops

The short answer is those systems are like the mythical Phoenix. Consumed by the very fire they were born from.

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