Anchel Posted October 2, 2007 Report Share Posted October 2, 2007 I used to have a Sony Vaio FE21B with 1Gb of RAM, a 1,63 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor and an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 GT all working seamlessly on Windows Vista. I was able to play without any problems games like Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Oblivion and many other games. In short, I was really happy with my laptop as it gave me all the gaming needs I was looking for while allowing me for perfect mobility when going to University classes. Then I bought this Sony Vaio FZ18M with 2Gb of RAM, a 1,80 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and an Nvidia GeForce 8400M GT which NVidia's website says it has 128 Mb of dedicated memory (in comparison to the 64 Mb the 7400 had). I mean, if the first laptop worked well, this one should work only faster, right? More RAM, better processor and better graphics card under the same OS as before: Vista Home Premium. HOWEVER IT DOESN'T At first I was happy with the laptop. Oblivion was running up to three times better than on my old laptop!!! I took for granted then that everything was going to work so much better. Then I tried Fable. Upon starting a new game everything worked all right, but if I tried to change video configurations, the game would crash. And if loaded a previous game it would crash in the same way. Ok, maybe it was just that game, so I moved on. Then there came the Bioshock DEMO. I downloaded it and tested it. Surprisingly enough, it worked GREAT. Smooth with graphic settings turned on high and a decent 1024 x 768 resolution for my 15,4" screen. Of course I first had to upgrade the drivers here on laptopvideo2go. Next thing I knew, Oblivion wasn't working. I downloaded yet some newer drivers and Oblivion worked again. Then I tried Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. On my old laptop, all the Prince of Persia games ran perfectly with all settings turned on the highest levels. Now on the new laptop it doesn't even run well with everything turned off and a 800 x 600 resolution. I've tested many drivers and I'm still not getting any faster framerates. Somehow turning texture filtering off does make it work much faster, but then it looks awful as hell. And otherwise the game runs so slow I can't even bother to get to the first saving spot. Next game I tried: Black & White 2. Game works perfect. No problems there even with everything set on hightest settings. And then I tried another Ubisoft game: Beyond Good & Evil. This one was a huge surprise. It was running sloooooooow like PoP, but after a driver change (can't remember which one) it worked perfect with highest settings. The next game to try was Rayman Raving Rabbids. Not a very graphics-demanding game, but really fun to play. Well... this game works the way it wants to like it's crazy. Sometimes it is slow, then for a few seconds it runs normal, then it freezes for one second, then it goes fast as hell for 5 seconds, stops again, goes slow... It's just INSANE! You can't play a game that runs like that! I tried another driver change. Still the same. Tried another, nothing new. Now Beyond Good & Evil runs slow again. Bioshock still works, Black & White 2 too. I've installed all the Windows Vista patch updates NVidia recommends, but it just didn't do anything to improve performance. I refuse to believe I need to use a different driver for every different game I want to play. It just can't be "this driver for Beyond Good & Evil" and "this driver for PoP". But then WHAT is going on here? Oh! And one more thing! Even though the 8400M GT has 128 Mb, the NVidia Control Panel states that it only has 64 Mb and up to a total of 831 with shared memory. How is that possible? Oh well, sorry for this long post. I'm just really mad at what is going on with my laptop. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening to me? Is there any driver you would recommend for the uses I described above? Will I ever be able to play games normally again? I hope somebody will answer this. Thank you for reading my long and boring post :) :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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