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My laptop decided to bum out on me, I've been playing games on my M11x r3 perfectly fine for around a year now, but as of around a month ago I'm suddenly getting abnormally bad performance. I'd really like to know what the issue is, but I've tried everything I can think of to fix it and nothing's worked.

A few examples: Just bought CS:GO, recommended settings were a mix of medium and high with AA/AF. Tried it out, was unplayable. Dropped everything to minimum and gave it a shot, but my fps were still sub-20. I've played a fair amount of StarCraft 2, so I know I can run it on high settings with occasional lag in intense battles or team matches, but now I'm hovering around 3-7fps on lowest settings even with only a handful of units on-screen. Similarly, I played Dota 2 at medium/high settings all summer long, but then overnight the game was unplayable. There were no patches, I didn't update drivers or change any PC settings that would do that. I've since defragged, updated drivers, reinstalled Windows, and prayed to the pixel gods to have mercy, but all to no avail. Was hoping someone might have any suggestions as to what else I could try, kind of unhappy with the disproportionate lag since my desktop's in storage and I'm not much of a movie person.
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You've checked the TIM right?
     
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Either your power settings are messed up or it is getting too hot and throttling itself. Are you sure the nVidia GPU is being utilized and that it is not trying to use your HD3000?
   
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You've checked the TIM right?
No, I'm unfamiliar with that, how do I check it?
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Either your power settings are messed up or it is getting too hot and throttling itself. Are you sure the nVidia GPU is being utilized and that it is not trying to use your HD3000?
Power settings are configured so everything runs at max while plugged in. As for throttling because of temperatures, would that be as simple to solve as cleaning out the vents with compressed air?
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You've checked the TIM right?
No, I'm unfamiliar with that, how do I check it?

It requires you to take it apart. Oof you have a fun one to do. CLICKY
     
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That looks like buckets of fun. What is a TIM exactly? Seems like this would be a worst-case-scenario thing but kind of approaching that
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That looks like buckets of fun. What is a TIM exactly? Seems like this would be a worst-case-scenario thing but kind of approaching that

Thermal-paste. Taking apart laptops is easy and it can be fun. literally.
     
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Well it looks simple enough, a bit cramped but then again I'm used to full ATX cases. I'll give this a shot next week and clean out the fans while I'm at it, hopefully that solves the problem. Cheers sir, thanks a lot for the help
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No problem. It's the least I can do. thumb.gif
     
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when using compressed air, you want to take apart the laptop then blow from the outside vent into the system.
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