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  • RogueEidolon
    started a topic Serious problems Dell XPS m1530

    Serious problems Dell XPS m1530

    So I purchased a Dell XPS M1530 in March. I wanted it for school, touring life, and gaming. At first it appeared to have it all. Then I started playing BF2142 and other games that my system should be able to handle.

    I say should because I get the most annoying fps slowdown no matter what I do. For instance, I play BF2142 consistently and I consistently get a monster slowdown whenever there is a lot of activity in a small area. My specs are as follows;

    PC Pitstop Active X Build 197
    Browser MSIE 7.0
    System OS Windows Vista Home Premium
    System OS Install Date 11/13/2008 4:30:09 AM
    System Make Dell Inc.
    System Model XPS M1530
    System Serial Number 70LPSF1
    Main Board Make Dell Inc.
    Main Board Model 0XR148
    Main Board Version
    Main Board BIOS Dell Inc. Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07 DELL - 27d80118 20080124
    Processor Description Intel Core2 Duo
    Number of Processors 2
    Processor Clock Speed 2400 Mhz
    Graphics Description NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    Memory Installed 3072 MBs
    Memory Slots 2 slots
    Memory Configuration 2048+1024;DIMM Synchronous
    Drive Name (C)
    Drive Size (C) 101569 MBs
    Drive Format (C) NTFS
    DVD-RAM Model MAT****A DVD+-RW UJ-875S
    DVD-RAM Read Speed 11080 KB/sec (63X)
    DVD-RAM Write Speed 11080 KB/sec (63X)
    Monitor Model Generic PnP Monitor
    Monitor Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels
    Monitor Screen Size 12.9 x 8.2 inches
    15.3 inches (diagonal)
    Monitor Manufacture Date January 2007
    Monitor Serial Number 0

    Performance Test:

    Drive SMART Status Disk Good
    IE Cache Analysis Disk 6 MB
    Temporary File Analysis Disk 7 MB
    Free Space (Drive C:) Disk 36% Free
    36700 MB
    Internet Receive Buffer Internet default
    Visual Effects Test Windows Optimal
    Browser Cache Overflow Internet 6 MB
    Internal Clock Offset Test Windows 3 secs
    Most Fragmented File (Drive C:) Disk 160
    Defragment Drive C: Disk 16%
    Video Acceleration Check Video Enabled
    Internet Download Speed Internet 2206 Kbits/sec
    Internet Upload Speed Internet 145 Kbits/sec
    Memory Check Memory 3072 MB
    CPU Load Test Windows 4%
    Horizontal Video Resolution Test Video 1680 Pixels
    System Restore Test Windows Enabled
    Disabled Devices Test Windows None
    Internet Ping Speed Internet 60 ms
    Internet HTTP 1.1 Performance Internet Enabled
    Browser Page Check Internet Enabled
    Content Advisor Internet Disabled
    2D Video Benchmark Video 149.63 MP/s
    Free Resources Test Windows 90%
    Check Battery Recall Cpu Recall
    Available
    Memory Performance Test Memory 12583 MB/s
    Recycle Bin (Drive C:) Disk Empty
    Disk Speed Test (Drive C:) Disk 20 MB/s
    System Restore Capacity Disk 0 MB
    3D Video Benchmark Video 285 fps
    Installed Font Test Windows 166 Fonts
    Processor Performance Ratio Cpu 100%

    I'm trying to make sense of it all, but I'm no computer whiz. Can anyone analyze this and let me know their thoughts?

    I'd really appreciate it. Let me know if you need more info. Info gathered was from PCPitStop.com

  • msdz
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    My first thing would be to make sure all the drivers were up to date, then I would also delete any programs you do not need. Everybody knows that Dell and other computer companies load so much BS on their computer it slows them down. After doing that then make sure to shut down any processes you do not need, maybe even set them to permanently be turned off in the "Services" if possible.
    Disk Defrag and Disk Cleanup, I like cleaning up with CCleaner and defraggin my HDD's with PerfectDick or even DiskTrix UltimateDefrag 2008. Maybe you can find a cheap free program that does a good job at defragging though. I paid $14.99 for UltimateDefrag and nothing for PerfectDisk, a buddy had it and gave it to me. I use both, one for my OS HDD and the other for my game HDD.

    FPS slowdown can be caused by another program that is running in the background, doesn't even really need to be accessing your CPU or GPU, it can cause slow down from slowing down the HDD when it is accessed. Also do a anti virus and spyware scan.

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  • NoTThaTGuY73
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    Thought I should throw my two cents in as I own a m1530 - which I do indeed love. First check the power settings make sure it is set to High Performance. Your problem is definitely over-heating. I have been playing GTA IV on my laptop since Dec 2nd when it came out and started getting the weird lagging issues you speak of.

    I lifted the laptop up on my table so that it was about 3 inches from the surface and pow my issues were gone. I can sit it in my lap with the left side off my legs and it works like a champ. The air draws from the bottom and pushes out the back so you really just need enough air space to keep it happy - add a table fan to the mix? Drop the CPU/GPU heat another 3-7 degrees depending on the temperature of the room.

    I can get more in depth if you'd like to know more - but just try it out mate I think you'll be surprised.

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  • uk-warrior
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    Forgive me if i'm wrong...but aint that a Notebook your talking about? LOL

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  • RogueEidolon
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    Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
    Ah, then you're next best option is to get a laptop cooler. I believe Thermaltake has a nice one out on the market with a sliding fan. It should allow you to position the fan to suck the heated air from under your laptop's vent.

    That should help cool down your laptop and graphics processor unit. Probably best if your laptop is in a cool/AC-conditioned room when you're gaming.
    I should definitely look into it. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Originally posted by RogueEidolon View Post
    Well, I would, but this is a laptop we're talking about. And it uses silent piping.
    Ah, then you're next best option is to get a laptop cooler. I believe Thermaltake has a nice one out on the market with a sliding fan. It should allow you to position the fan to suck the heated air from under your laptop's vent.

    That should help cool down your laptop and graphics processor unit. Probably best if your laptop is in a cool/AC-conditioned room when you're gaming.

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  • RogueEidolon
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    Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
    You could look into replacing the stock cooler with a aftermarket cooler.
    Well, I would, but this is a laptop we're talking about. And it uses silent piping.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    You could look into replacing the stock cooler with a aftermarket cooler.

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  • RogueEidolon
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    Yeah I figured that situation out. It kicked in finally when I played something, I think the program didn't start working until after I restarted.

    Anyway, things look normal for the card, except for the temperature. The GPU gets up to 90C regularly. I looked into it and this card is supposed to run at those levels. I don't know what to do.

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Originally posted by RogueEidolon View Post
    So I have found by using evga monitor that my gpu is clocked at 180...it should be around 600..

    I tried to set the clock up but the darn thing won't budge. I need to find a good tool for overclocking the CPU as well, any suggestions?
    You're either looking at the 2D clock actual speed or it is clocking your core down when it's in idle.

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  • uk-warrior
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    I'm inclined to believe it's due to something running in the backround, please could you supply a list of backround processes...Thanks

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  • Dick Blonov
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    Originally posted by RogueEidolon View Post
    So I have found by using evga monitor that my gpu is clocked at 180...it should be around 600..

    Are you sure you're not looking at the 2D clock setting ?

    DB

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  • RogueEidolon
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    So I have found by using evga monitor that my gpu is clocked at 180...it should be around 600..

    I tried to set the clock up but the darn thing won't budge. I need to find a good tool for overclocking the CPU as well, any suggestions?

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  • =DdogG=
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    16% fragmentation......
    36% free.....
    1680x1050 on an 8600mGT

    I have the same cpu and video.... I can run bf2142 at med-high on 1280x800 and get 27-43 fps. I do have 4gigs of ram, and I have 2x 7200rpm 16meg cache WD hdd's (both over 50% free... and 0% fragmented)

    other than that and a lot more cooling potential on a 17" inspiron 1720 (and the fact I overclock the living crap out of my video card when I play games - almost 1.6x on mem and 1.4x on core - and yes, it CAN handle it on the 1720... my temps are ~48c surfing/idle and never hit 70c under load.)

    I think you might start with the hdd, then maybe move on to the video card.

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  • Reaperassault
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    could very well be over heating, try installing Evga precision to monitor your temps while stressing your GPU

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