Having frame rate problems when fans kick in.

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  1. Malakius

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    I used to play games before and I would get no problems, even when the fans were on. Nowadays, even playing non-graphically demanding games like TFC, would make the fans go off and the frame rates would drop to single digits.

    Btw I am using a laptop and I've heard about fan controlling programs. Any recommendations?

    Dell 8600
    Pentium M. 1.6 Gigahertz
    128mb Radeon 9600 Pro
    1gig ram
     
  2. P07r0457

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    it's a dell. performance is an oxymoron.
     
  3. Malakius

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    Anyone?
     
  4. hyukki

    hyukki ._.

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    Throw it away and buy a new one.
     
  5. Malakius

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    God. Getting a valid answer in this sub-forum is next to impossible.
     
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  7. Malakius

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    Hopefully everything is correct. I'll try the extra fans once I get some money. I tried lowering the texture coloring from 32bits to 16bits and it works way better now.
     
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    We have a Dell Dimension 8300 at work, and I discovered to my surprise today that a six-year-old HP Proliant server with dual 850MHz P3's can reproject several-hundred-megabyte aerial images from one coordinate system to another much faster than the Dell can. Who knew?
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Anyway, the problem the OP is having is not with his fans but with his video card. The fans aren't causing the frame rate to drop, the card is overheating and degrading its speed while also engaging the fans. He needs to dust that mofo and apply fresh heatsink goop to the heatsink.
     
  10. Create

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    Agreed.
     
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    I knew :hs:
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    heh.
     
  13. Stilgar1973

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    The easiest answer is overheating caused by dust buildup.

    Pop that thing open and go at it with a can of air.
    Never, ever... EVER go at the inside of a computer with a vacum cleaner with a metal tip. You can create static electricity that way and fry your computer. Canned air is the way to go. I just take my tower outside and blow all that crap all over the neighbors yard.

    Do that first. It is just something good to do once a year or so.

    If that didn't work then when was the last time you updated your video drivers? If the answer is 'never' then try looking for an update, they might have gotten corrupted. If the answer is, 'recently' or 'ever' then consider that the new drivers might be breaking something on the old hardware. It is time to dial back the old drivers.

    Finally there are questions about wether the hardware is going bad.
    It is probably pretty strictly related to the video card. We can assume it is out of warranty?
    This is probably NOT memory (even if it is shared memory), if it was a memory problem you would be getting other weird problems. You can rule out hard drive and CPU for the same reasons.
     

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