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Southern_Smoke

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I'm using a dell laptop - inspiron 1520 with vista home premium 32.

When I first got the laptop, it ran Counter Strike pretty good. Now that it's older, I can't even enjoy playing the game because of lag. What is causing this problem? Anyone know?

Specs are: OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152624 MB, Free - 118512 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0KY767, , .JX9J2F1.CN486437A96778.
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
 
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I would assume your talking about CS 1.6 as that laptop was not engineered to run Source. But to start, I would ensure all my windows updates are installed, as well as getting the latest video/chipset drivers for the computer.

Now when you say lag, do you mean when playing online the game lags, or even offline vs Bots its still slow. Because your should you offline mode for the base of all your test to rule out an internet connection as the issue. I would also give malware bytes a crack at it, as you never could be to sure if its malware or not. (n)
 

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Can you help me find the latest drivers for my computer? I went to Dell.com and was a bit confused because when I typed in everything, it gave me up to 8 options on some drivers. Do I download all of those or a certain one? Yes, 1.6 or Condition Zero.

It lags both ways. What do you mean by this, " Because your should you offline mode for the base of all your test to rule out an internet connection as the issue."

I also downloaded the free version of malware bytes and no threat was found.
 
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Most times when people complain about lag, it is caused by too many programs running at login. Run msconfig, and go to the startup tab. I would uncheckmark the ones that need not run, leaving the antivirus alone. See if that improves performance.
 
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Like lunarlander said, check msconfig, to make sure you don't have a lot of programs loading at start-up. What I meant to type before, but clearly messed up badly... was that you should try playing the game while not on the internet. Like a game vs bots only, this will help us see if the lag is from your internet connection or the computer.

The two drivers I would update are these.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...D=INS_PNT_PM_1520&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=

Go to video then select the very last one called nVidia driver and the one called Intel Driver, also located under video.
 

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Ok, I unchecked all of my start up items except AVG. I only see one driver under video and that's intel driver. I'll go ahead and download a that one.
 
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That's odd, I am downloading the files right now. And I see 7 drivers listed under the video tab.
 

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I might just start all over. If my I put my reinstallation CD in, will it wipe my hard drive? I'm hoping it does, so I can start fresh, again.

If I do do this, what is the first thing I should do?
 
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IF you want to restore your computer then yes, that CD will do that. Put in the CD and turn the computer off. Turn the computer on and press F12 on the dell screen. Then select to boot form the CD drive. Make sure you have the drivers CD, as if you restore your computer with out the drivers CD. You need to get the drivers from dells site anyway, and use a different computer to do so as you won't have internet on your machine.


Alternatively; I downloaded the drivers for you and uploaded them here...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QR0MIAQI
 
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The link is for updated divers, which can't make it any worse. But if it worked fine vs bots, its means your having networking issues. Make sure steam/CS is not blocked by any firewalls or Anti-viruses. For now, you could try disabling your anti-virus and try it again. (Online)
 
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Hi,

I am bit confused about your post, at the beginning you state that you have “Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled” and later on you say you have AVG, do you have both still on? Or did you get rid of one of them?

As per the other suggestion from fodelement, you definitely should Install the Vista SP2, there has been a lot of improvements in this SP and it would add a bit more life in your machine.

Just my two cents worth.

Ray
 
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