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Gaming issues Hello. I'm having issues with lag during gaming, or intensive computer usage. I play Diablo II and have winamp running most of the time. It seems to run just fine for a while, but I frequently get "lag storms" in which everything freezes up, the frame rate drops down to 0-1, and the sound (from winamp, windows alerts) becomes garbled and slowed down. CPU usage stays at a constant 100% for a while. I've tried killing unneccessary processes and running countless antivirus / spyware programs but nothing seems to work. Everything was working fine a few months ago. Could it be a hardware issue? System info: Dell XPS M1210 Intel Core 2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz 998 MHz, 1.00GB of RAM Thanks for your time, Ross

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  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Hi, I've got the same problem and have had it twice before. Had to call Dell support to get my cooling system and motherboard totally replaced. Then it worked for a while (both time) but now it's back again. It seems to be a heating problem since the laptop got really hot before the replacement, but afterwards it had a more reasonable temperature... until now that is, guess it's time to call Dell support again.

  • fixya558 May 05, 2009

    The system came with Windows Vista and I thought it might be the culprit. The system ran fine for a little while... When these "lag storms" started, I disabled background applications, unneeded processes, installed the latest drivers, etc. to no avail. So I installed more RAM and enabled ReadyBoost, which seemed to help a *little*... Later, I completely reformatted and installed Windows XP Pro with the most current drivers. The system runs better with fewer of these "lag storms" but if I open more than a few tabs in my browser, or if I run fairly simple games (games that a system with half the specs of this laptop could run without issue), the system will be fine for about 5 minutes before the "storm". This laptop has issues! I suspect that it is either cooling problems or a driver issue (maybe graphics?). Same symptoms as the original post: sound gets completely garbled, CPU is at 100%, can't do anything, etc.. I will try replacing the cooling to see if that solves the problem, but the standard "latest drivers, upgrade, disable unused processes, reinstall OS" (performance troubleshooting) is not much of a solution for anyone who is having this problem. If anyone has a solution, I'm quite ready to hear one.


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I would make sure you have the latest bios, and video drivers to start. Make sure you have all latest updates for windows. Make sure your hard drive is defragmented. Also make sure your computer is clean and that it is ventilating/cooling properly. If that fails I would just format and reinstall windows.
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