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Random Horrible lag Spikes

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  1. Matthewap44

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    My laptop runs games pretty good but at random points everything will get insanely laggy and go back to normal. ill be running at 60 fps and itll go all the way down to 2. it does this with every game.
     
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    Overheating, something running in the background, etc. Hard to say with so little info posted. Posting the exact model number and exact hardware specs are a good starting point.
     
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    It looks like it's already maxed out with RAM.

    Which one of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors did it come with?
     

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    Ok, so it's at least a gaming laptop so thats good. Download HW Monitor and see if it can monitor any temps: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

    The GPU or CPU may be overheating and those units run hot. Have you blown out the vents? Canned air or compressed air will work.
     
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    i dont know much about laptop temps but it seems pretty damn high to me
     

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    thats the temp when it isnt lagging. this is what it is when the lags occur
     

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    Your laptop has the Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz processor.

    Both the processor and graphics device are running hot.

    I'm not a hardware expert nor a gamer, so I'll leave you with Rob.

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    That is indeed running hot.
    The best option without getting a desktop for gaming are the following ideas in my opinion. Take note this may turn your laptop into a mini-semi-desktop. So you may want to go for quick connect and release connections to maintain mobility:
    1. Make sure there is no dust accumulation on the laptops vents and if there is then get a can of compressed air and clean the dust out of said vents.

    2. Shut down any excess programs so that only your game be running. This will help take the load off the computers' cpu and gpu.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

    3. If possible make sure you are sitting it on a wooden or metal surface as they dispel heat better than plastic, clothing, cloth or flesh. Best option is a lattice metal or a lattice wooden stool that will allow even more heat dissipation.

    4. Get a separate monitor (not truly necessary -helpful if possible though), keyboard and mouse and plug them into the computer in place of its defaults.

    5. For mobility aquire a laptop cooler that has at least two powerful fans. For non mobility go for table top fans and laptop cooler and position them to blow straight on the laptop from the sides with ventilation.

    --------ADVANCED WARNING: Careful do at own risk------
    6. One of the weirdest ideas that you most likely would never hear is to gain access to an overclocking utility for your graphics card like the programs of Zotac Firestorm or MSI afterburner. DO NOT USE FOR THE OVERCLOCKING!But instead use the program to UNDERCLOCK the gpu which will lower the temperature of graphics -which in a lap top can bring the rest of the overheating items down as well.
    HOWEVER this is not without danger itself. The main drawback is that underclocking can cause lock ups if you go to wide on your ranges or to far down on clock and memory speed
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    7. Also be sure to not run it constantly but give it a break every few hours; not by sleep or hibernate but through actual shut down. Laptops are not designed to take the same torture on load that a desktop can take in stride.

    Again this is only my opinion and don't do anything that you are unsure of.
     
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    Have you done the above?
     
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