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Old 04-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

Here's the quick version of the story....

How formatting came about...

I was checking out a HL2 mod called Synergy. After being on a server for less than 2mins, my comp blue screened on me. I manually restarted only to be welcomed to a nice "bad_pool_caller" blue screen before I got to desktop. Even trying to run in safe mode gave me this error so I chose to reformat.

Post format...

BF2/PR now runs like absolute shit. Before the format, I had no problems whatsoever with BF2 performance. Now, it's brutal.

System Specs

Model : Dell XPS M1730 Laptop
CPU : Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4Ghz
Video : nVidia Geforce 8700M GT Sli 512MB
RAM : 4GB
OS : XP Home

Things I've tried so far,
  • Several different video card drivers
  • Different paging file sizes
  • Disabling one core in the BIOS
  • Enabling/Disabling Sli
  • Using lower BF2 graphics settings than I did before the format (when it ran perfectly)

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

Could it be a connection problem? That machine should run PR nicely, so maybe your LAN drivers are fubared?

Or is it truly a performance problem (FPS-wise)?

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

Performance/FPS.

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Old 04-02-2009, 04:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

Do a memtest and see if your ram went bad. I had mine go bad on a pc i built 2 years ago and it did the same thing it would run but like shite.
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

I just downloaded a memtest ISO, burnt it to a cd, booted from the cd and ran the test. It took over an hour but reported no errors.

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Old 04-02-2009, 06:30 PM   #6
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What make of hard drive is in your laptop? Might be worth getting the hard drive manufacturers diagnostic tools and running them..
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:03 PM   #7
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pick up the Nvidia control pannel and check the settings and optimizations, they are usefull.
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #8
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pick up the Nvidia control pannel and check the settings and optimizations, they are usefull.
Already tried various different settings. Including different SLi modes. Irregardless of what is set in the nvidia control panel, running BF2 on all medium should not run bad at all. But it does...

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Old 04-02-2009, 07:47 PM   #9
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Default Re: Laptop runs like absolute crap since reformat.

Try that other piece of firmware from Dell that you didnt egt mate, see if that helps....


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Old 04-02-2009, 07:49 PM   #10
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i'm supprised mine doesn't smoke...

did you do an OS re-install??

check to see if you have all your drivers in place.


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