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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2015, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Laptop running game very poorly, yet I see no logical reason why

I'm looking for a bit of help with a laptop I recently acquired. After my macbook wasn't coping well with Skyrim, my dad offered me one of his extra laptops to play it on. It's an older Dell, intel i5 (or i3?) I believe. All programs and drivers up to date, with no extra graphics card, and it runs Skyrim very well on a low setting.

That's not my problem, my problem is with another laptop I have been given. My dad got another laptop, a Toshiba with intel i7 with no extra graphics card. He gave it to me as an upgrade, however, it runs Skyrim very poorly, only 9 or so fps. It has no extra graphics card, but has an extra 8gb ram on top of the 4gb built in. All programs and drivers are up to date, yet, on the lowest possible setting it still gets very poor fps. Neither my dad, who works with computers, or myself could figure out what the problem is.

I tried-
-Adding more ram.
-Allowing all cores to run.
-I changed all preferences to run for performance, not battery, and stuck it on charge.
-Changing preferences in Skyrim to run as low as possible, and eliminating anything that might cause low fps. This actually improved it a tiny bit, but not enough to get comfortable fps. Plus, my graphics were dreadful.

I've searched the web far and wide for answers, tried everything i've come across, yet, no help. I just don't understand why a laptop with far older hardware and software can run Skyrim well on low settings, yet a newer laptop struggles in the lowest settings possible.

Any help or tips? I really would love to be able to play on this laptop.


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post #2 of 4 Old 05-23-2015, 01:27 AM
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I rebuilt my computer (well hubby did the rebuilding after I ordered stuff) and it ran like crap! Then he did a ram diagnostic and it turns out the brand new ram I had bought was faulty. They sent me replacement ram and it worked great. So u might run diagnostics on your hardware and make sure it is compatible and not faulty
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Ram has been checked to make sure it's not faulty, some other hardware has been checked as well, but not all of it. I will check the hardware.
I have reason to believe it's not the hardware, as I ran Oblivion (an earlier Elderscrolls game) on that laptop on high settings and it ran perfectly. However, Oblivion is a much older game and therefore not as demanding of the system as Skyrim.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-31-2015, 11:42 AM
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you simply don't have the graphics processing to run the game properly. Intel doesn't have the best graphics. I see this a lot at the shop I work at. (I fix computers for a living). When gaming with a laptop, I recommend getting either an Intel with a discrete graphics card or AMD A10 processor, it does the graphics much better than just an Intel CPU.
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