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Distorted graphics and low frame rate with new 3d games

I have played many games on my 1710 and never had any issues; however, almost all of the more graphical intense games i play (mostly newer 3d games) i get periodic but regular intervals of about 3fps and random flashes of graphic distortions. the problem will last for about 15-30 sec and then frames will return to normal and distortion will disappear. As i said before it occurs on regular intervals. this machine has never overheated to my knowledge. I plugged in an external monitor and i did not see the glitches but still experienced the fps drop to nothing for regular 15-30 sec intervals. games this has happened on: Vangard Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Company of Heroes Two Worlds WoW This doesnt happen on many games, like: DAoC Ghost Recon (original) Fallout Tactics IL2 and expansions Thank you for your help.

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  • Toski1978 Sep 21, 2007

    After monitoring gpu temp while gaming, it seem i am over heating the gpu. at 102^ it slows the gpu to reduce temp, at 89^ it starts up and begins to heat up quickly, this explains the regular cycle of preformance drop.

    Now that i know what is happening, what should be my course of action? I am getting a cooling pad/dock thing today but is there other things i can look at? why is my gpu running so hot i wonder.

  • Toski1978 Sep 21, 2007

    The pad only delays the inevitable over-heat. the fans on this machine do not run UNTIL it gets hot, my gpu running hot even idle...isnt there a way to control those fans' on and off temps? i cant find it in the bios or in any other windows accessories. i can hear my fans going full speed only after the gpu has exeeded 95 degrees cel.

    when i am gamin i would rather they run full before it gets too hot lol. thanks for the responses.

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Based on that game list it sounds like the problem is related to hardware T&L(transform and lighting) as the games that cause the problem require T&L and the other games don't require it and their fine. It's a start, also have tried both direct3d and opengl modes? Good Luck

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  • Patrick McGee
    Patrick McGee Sep 21, 2007

    Cooling pads are probably the easiest and most cost effective way of keeping that cool. Although you may also take the notebook apart and remove and replace the GPU heat sink with a larger one if it will fit, don't forget to use new thermal compound to help heat distribution.

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