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Laptop Performance Issues

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mcwesbrook, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. mcwesbrook New Member

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    I have a question and i cant seem find any related issues posted on google or on any other forums. So, i decided to try and post here and see if anyone can help me.

    There are the specs. I can also post Dxdiag. Sorry for not posting originally i was just wondering if anyone has heard/seen of a laptop charger doing such a thing.

    System Specs:

    Video card: ATI x1270
    OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
    Version 6.0.6000 Build 6000
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model Inspiron 1521
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58, 1900 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 10/30/2007
    SMBIOS Version 2.4
    Windows Directory C:\Windows
    System Directory C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume3
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6000.16407"
    Total Physical Memory 1,917.39 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1.07 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 3.96 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 3.10 GB
    Page File Space 2.17 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys

    is that enough info?

    Bout two days i started receiving FPS drops and stuttering, well at first i tried everything. Then i noticed it in other games...and then i noticed in just watching videos via dvd-rom or just streaming video off a site like abc.com. I then noticed it ONLY happens when my laptop charger is plugged into the wall, when my laptop is just on the battery it doesnt happen at all....Has any ever heard of such a thing? Our power in our apartment did surge about 3 times before i could unplug the computer, maybe it damaged something inside the computer, but if it was the computer it self wouldn't it LAG all the time not just when the AC Charger is hooked up? SO, im guessing maybe my laptop charger is damaged, or if there is a software conflict from when my charger is being plugged in. However, i do not see that being the problem considering i haven't changed any settings. Any help is appreciated, i just wanna know if i should in fact try a new charger, or if theres some tweaks or settings i need to check.

    Thanks in advanced.
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  2. Darren

    Darren New Member

    Feb 27, 2005
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    Without telling us the specification of this laptop you can not expect anyone to give you a solution. We can not even give you a guess.

    1.) specification
    2.) laptop manufacturer, model number
    3.) date of purchase, warranty validity
    4.) games which you said that you were playing


    I haven't heard of this issue before, but then again I mainly deal with desktop computers rather than laptops. It sounds like the laptop could be overheating, perhaps the plug is causing additional heat to the battery and the heat is not escaping the case properly and hence causing the processor or video card to become unstable. If you have the opportunity to try another plug it is worth considering, your system is only a year old I would presume that manufacturer is responsible for its operation under the warranty and therefore you shouldn't have to worry about fixing this issue personally.

    Edit 2:

    Download an application called Speed Fan, it should tell you the temperature of your CPU and GPU.

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  3. mcwesbrook New Member

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    It was fps dropping to literally a flipbook with charger plugged in during the gameplay of: WoW, Counterstrike. And then it lagged every 10secs while playing a DVD last night and then lagged this morning while watching video on ABC.com. When i unplugged it from the wall it didnt do any drops in performance and it didnt stutter.

    Laptop was purchased 1/08. warranty is valid still. everything listed in original post.
  4. ktr


    Apr 7, 2006
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    Check you power options in control panel. If there is some Dell power/performance manager...check its settings, or just uninstall it and let Vista take over. Also, the ATI catalyst control panel might also have power options.
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