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Old 10-22-2012, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Acer Aspire Timeline - Gaming Problems

Hi guys

Firstly, I'm new to the forum so..hey

Secondly (and most importantly), I'm having a few issues with my new laptop Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG.

When I first got the laptop (Friday), I did a clean OS install. The Bloatware is a royal pain and slows down any mid level PC/Laptop. I then installed all of the drivers directly from the Acer and nvidia website...all is looking well.

I then installed Skyrim. I set the quality to high at native res (1366x768) and was getting around 50-60FPS (CoD MW3 was getting around 70 fps on high settings). I was thrilled to see that my little 500 laptop was running Skyrim on high settings. Anyway...I digress. I booted the laptop up earlier and I'm now unable to play the game on high and get around 20FPS on low settings.

What the frick is going on? I've checked nvidia control panel to make sure I'm using the GPU instead of the graphics accelerator when playing games. Do you think it has something to do with running on battery and not being connected to the mains? I'm pulling my hair out and concerned that...*wipes away tears* the GPU has kicked the bucket.

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated.


Edit: System Spec

Intel Core i5-2467UM Dual Core Processor
15.6" HD Screen
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
DVD Rewriter
Dedicated GT 640M Graphics

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Let's hope that the GPU is fine. Make sure that the laptop is getting good airflow and on a flat hard surface. Laptops actually tend to have many problems when used on a lap due to a lap being soft (suffocating air circulation) and warm. Both of these things are very bad for a computer, especially a small compact one with minimal thermal dissipation like most laptops tend to be.
Check your temps with something like HWMonitor after running a game for 30 or so minutes.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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most laptops will not work at 100% potential when running on battery, plug it into the wall and then it will have unlimited power and wont worry about running out of batter. Also make sure your power setting are set to maximum performance. I hope this helps

yeah you should be getting around 50-60 fps, just double checking
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