AustinZ Posted October 24, 2007 Report Share Posted October 24, 2007 (edited) Hello all, I've been experiencing this strange issue for a while, which occurs with just about all the system-requirement-intensive games I play these days (Civilization 4 and Half-Life 2 come to mind). The game runs beautifully when it's first loaded, and then for ten minutes or so. After that, the framerate drops tremendously and the game becomes unplayable. If I alt-tab out to the desktop and wait a while, I can go back to the game and play it just fine for another ten minutes. And so forth. I have a Dell Latitude D820 with the NVidia Quadro NVS 120M (GeForce Go 7400?) graphics card. I'm running Windows XP on a partition that has 5.5 GB free, and the machine has 2GB of RAM. I tried disabling the turbocache with RivaTuner, and it didn't improve performance. I'm getting this issue with both the stock (really old) drivers, as well as the 163.13 ForceWare drivers I got from this site (they were recommended in the Community Led Driver Recommendation thread). Does anyone have any insight as to what this might be caused by? One last thing of note: I downloaded the NVidia control panel extension that lets you adjust the performance settings and see the GPU temperature. The temperature of the GPU seems to be around 77 degrees C when the computer is idle, and I've seen it go up to 96 degrees C before while playing a game (the temperature always drops slowly after I alt-tab back to the idle level). Are these temperatures normal for a laptop GPU, or could I be experiencing some overheating issues? Thanks a lot! Edited October 24, 2007 by AustinZ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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