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Old 08-26-2011, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have already built myself a great desktop pc for gaming, but I wanted a laptop for browsing, word processing, casual gaming what have you. First, here is the laptop in question:

Newegg.com - Recertified: TOSHIBA Satellite L675D/S7052B Notebook AMD Phenom II Dual-Core N640(2.9GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Radeon HD 4250

I can install and run any game with it without error, however I can't for the life of me get them to run well, even when I turn all the settings as low as they will go. The only thing I can think of that is choking it is the mobility card because I am unfamiliar with how well they run.

I have installed: Amnesia: Dark Descent, Shogun 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Thief 2 and Fallout 2. What concerns me most is that Fallout 2, which is a decade old, will not run well unless I drop back the resolution. So I'm tempted to think that for some reason I'm not getting the performance I should be.

Judging from the specs I on the laptop, do you see anything that could be bottlenecking me or is the laptop working how it seems it should be?

Just a little more, I don't know how to check FPS on a game, but it seems very low for Deus ex, shogun and amnesia, even though the specs seem to match the desktop I once had that ran them all very well.
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your laptop is working as it should, the graphics card is just not powerful enough for any real type of gaming even on lowest settings.
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This makes me sad. Is it difficult to upgrade graphics in a laptop or is it usually embedded somehow?
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You can't upgrade, it's onboard. You need a whole new laptop if you want better gaming performance.
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Asus G74SX FTW! :P
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Oh well, like I said it wasn't meant for gaming anyway, but would've cool to be able to play the newer games I have on trips. Thanks for the replies!
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