Computer Newbies forum

Question

Why is my graphic card so disappointing?

by MiRanch / November 1, 2011 12:12 AM PDT

I have the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT card (laptop) in a Qosmio laptop from Toshiba.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Why is my graphic card so disappointing?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Why is my graphic card so disappointing?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Tried An Updated Driver?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 1, 2011 12:33 AM PDT

Although it won't make a huge difference in performance, I've seen the correct driver cause the Windows Performance rating to jump a whole point, or so.

Visit the nVidia site and see if they have something newer than the one that came on the CD.

Still, laptops really aren't the ideal tool for playing games.. Desktops have better choices for upgrading hardware for gaming.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Collapse -
Driver
by MiRanch / November 1, 2011 1:33 AM PDT

Hi!
I just upgraded to Win 64 and the driver has to be manually installed when doing that so I know I have the very latest driver for the card. I know laptops aren't ideal but this one was supposed to be built (and costed x.x) to handle a little heavier stuff.

Collapse -
Answer
Check and verify
by Willy / November 1, 2011 1:15 AM PDT

Check the video ram allocation setup, be sure its using a larger amt. to test with. I also agree that a laptop that isn't gamer ordinated are lacking. So, it really shows in games that are demanding even if old ones, the game itself can be set to higher levels but the laptop usually can't w/o bad results. If at all possible increase laptop ram, because 4Gb is the low amt. amount for 64-bit usage alone. If this was a desktop, 8Gb would have been more useful and of course the video itself uses its own ram.

Collapse -
Good idea!
by MiRanch / November 1, 2011 2:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Check and verify

Thank you for the tip!
According to the Nvidia settings 512mb is dedicated and up to 2303mb can be shared.
I've been using 86bit until just now, only having access to 3GB and wanted to upgrade to get the last GB and check it out. So far I think the computer is running smoother, but it could be "placebo" ;D

Collapse -
It's Usually In The BIOS Settings
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 1, 2011 3:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Good idea!

If it's there, the BIOS settings will allow you to allocate specific amounts of RAM in the card..

And since we're speaking of such, please be aware there may be a BIOS update that needs to be installed for the new Windows 7 64 bit setup.. There may also be an updated motherboard/chipset driver for Win 7 64 bit.. They're both separate from the graphics card driver you mentioned earlier, but they both apply here and need to be checked and updated if needed.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Collapse -
Video and system ram
by Willy / November 2, 2011 9:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Good idea!

In most cases, there maybe a pgm. found under the control panel to config the video ram allocation. Otherwise, the bios area will provide the same results if not a separate pgm. provided. Understand what you allow for video ram will take away from system ram, thus you need to find the compromise that fits. As, I already sated if possible increase PC memory in which all this based on.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?