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I have a "normal" laptop with pretty good insides, my problem is that I cant run CSS with full potential of my laptop becouse it slows down occasionally. With slowing down I mean that having 50-100fps it changes to like 5fps (it does that also in cs 1.6). Overheating might be the problem, so then I ask do you know how to cool it down succefully to run CSS?

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    Post the description of the 'insides' you claim to be pretty good.
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    Processor:
    AMD Turion ML-34 ~1.8GHz 1mb of L2

    Memory:
    1gb 400mHz

    Video Card:
    ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700 128mb pci-e 16x

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    Jerking, I guess. Try newer drivers or running in -dxlevel 70.
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    Oooh nice.

    run a virus scan, when your game slows down feel the case, make love to it, run a virus scan.
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    Newer drivers isnt the case and running in dx 7 I have tried. Also viruses cannot be it.
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    What I am looking for is experience with external cooling and its power.
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    I have exactly the same specs (except another Processor, but it's at 1.8 Ghz too) and CS:S runs perfectly smooth for me.

    I'm running on dx 8.1 and use a FPSboost config so I can have stable FPS around 60.
    If you want, I can send you the cfg but if it still keeps slowing down I don't know what else to do.
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    I have my own config for high fps in CSS, thanks anyway. So Gez you have a laptop, copperhead and 5.1 headset but no external cooling for it? Maybe it is that my laptop´s default cooling isnt enough.
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    What is the usual temperature reached during CSS play? Install SpeedFan and search for the temperatures. >50 degrees Celsius is too high for comfort. There is some USB-based external cooling solution but I personally never used any laptop cooling solutions before.
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    Yeah, I have an alienware that can run most things extremley smoothly except for the random HUGE lag. Heat is most likeley the problem, yesterday I just bought a cooling pad for my laptop, and so far, everything works flawlessly, my system never goes above 65 degrees C when running a game on high.
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    Well I checked out the tempature of CPU when running games and it rose to 84 degrees C in CSS and also in CS 1.6 but what really suprised me was that all of the tempatures CPU, GPU, Motherboard and HD rises all at the same time, the time of slowing down. There isnt so many notebook coolers sold in my country and also 75% of them have too small dimesion :S But how about external cooler with 30W peltier? MosesTheRipper what is that cooling pad you have just bought?
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    Get a cooling pad for it and remove some dust from the insides of it. You should also consider updating the drivers.
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    Well, I don't have any form of external cooling for my laptop, I can only suggest to do what XSS3 mentioned and hope it works.
    Normally, cleaning the fan and insides should be enough.
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    It depends where the ports on teh laptop are my firends have the outtake and intake on the bottem so all the hot air just gets sucked back in

    we just use like a large 1ftx1ft fan on the side of it so keep cool air

    you can also try bumping UP the grafix
    i know this sounds weird but by lowering the grafix you put more stress on the cpu
    insted of the vidieo card
    soo.....
    aim for the head?
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    Thanks really I tried to set 3dnow,mmx,sse1 and sse2 to 0 and that did kind of work, cpu slows still down sometimes but it wount effect the game (CSS) so much, like from stable 60fps to 50fps. But still overheating is a true problem, in any other games it makes most of it. I studied what happens when it overheats, I used AMD Dashboard for it and cpu 100%->44%, voltage 1.5v->1.0v and battery savings stayed at minimum. Also I noticed that it doesnt effect grafiks at all.

    http://images.amazon.com/images/G/03/electronics/detailpage/100/acer/5020_2.jpg
    Theres an image what shows were the cooling ports are located, shown in the picture is outtakes and intake is at the bottom in the same corner.
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    This is something I have to ask, does it ease cpu if you add decals and better looks to CSS and change dx from 7 to 9? Or is it only 3dnow,mmx,sse1 and sse2 changed to grafix what eases cpu?
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