Sergeant Sunflower 5. helmi, 2013 23.00
Either Valve hates me or it's my scrapyard-worthy laptop...
Whenever I play TF2 as of now on this laptop I owned since 2010, the gameplay is mostly choppy, which I understand since it's old and I downloaded lots of junk on it. That's not my main concern, the real concern is that sometimes I am in-game, the game shuts down by itself like as if the mouse clicked on a internet browser window to simply close it down.

When I sometimes quit the game, it still says I'm playing TF2 when I'm clearly not. I even went to the Task Manager, it shows NOTHING about me playing TF2, the window is never open and the only way for me to fix it is to press the power button and when it gets to the "Force shut down" part, I click cancel. Sometimes it creates problems like making volume changing more difficult and closing down some of my other opened windows. Still, after cancelling a forced shut down, it gets rid of the green outline around my icon, indicating I'm officially not in-game (though I never was in-game in the first place).

I find it hard to believe that this is my laptop's doing, however. I sometimes use a different laptop and that plays TF2 well, only the internet there is slow. I wish I had both smooth-playing TF2 AND fast internet... it's every TF2 player's dream. Whenever my laptop is in use for a few minutes, the fan on it is already hot, I have a USB fan connected and placed underneath, but it barely cools the thing down. The fan is on the left side and not the bottom.

I must admit that I should probably upgrade my RAM and Video card, but I've been lacking motivation to do that or my family were just too busy with other things.
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[KLK] Nui Harime 5. helmi, 2013 23.07 
My best guess is that sometimes, the problem is not computer-based, but game-based. Since TF2 has had many items added to the game coding, there will always be bugs. Also, sometimes, it's not even the new items that causes problems, but hidden gameplay bugs as well; Valve brings us updates that seem to "fix" bugs, but actually causes more problems instead of solving them. Valve seemed to care about adding new items most of the time, setting aside bug fixes and localization file updates for later (in Valve Time).

Team Fortress 2 has lost gameplay performance with each passing update that contains new items/bug fixes.
Gary Colemans Ghost 5. helmi, 2013 23.24 
Upgrade the ram on the laptop. Update video card drivers. Clean it up with programs like ccleaner. Do you ever defrag it and then defraf the tf2 files via the steam option? If none of that helps at all maybe your vid card isn't good enough and in a laptop they are almost never upgradable.
Master Bait 5. helmi, 2013 23.26 
this used to happen to me. idk what i did to fix it but i just opened task manager and closed hl2.exe
Sergeant Sunflower 5. helmi, 2013 23.27 
Special Agent Dale Cooper lähetti viestin:
Upgrade the ram on the laptop. Update video card drivers. Clean it up with programs like ccleaner. Do you ever defrag it and then defraf the tf2 files via the steam option? If none of that helps at all maybe your vid card isn't good enough and in a laptop they are almost never upgradable.

I've been wanting to upgrade my video card drivers and ram for some time now, but everyone nowadays is either too busy or at times I lack the motivation to tell them that.
Zyroxeon 5. helmi, 2013 23.29 
Where's Strange Uxie
Major Havoc 5. helmi, 2013 23.35 
It has been running great on my laptop even though it is not meant for high performance games like TF2. Like the other suggestions, you need to check for the latest drivers and you might consider upgrading your ram.
Btw, do you use a laptop cooling pad with fans while playing, and which antivirus are you using?
Viimeisin muokkaaja on Major Havoc; 5. helmi, 2013 23.41
Sergeant Sunflower 5. helmi, 2013 23.35 
Cup of Rage lähetti viestin:
this used to happen to me. idk what i did to fix it but i just opened task manager and closed hl2.exe

Even when I went to Task Manager, there was nothing saying "hl2.exe". It's like Valve is haunting me with trickery denial or something like that.
Gary Colemans Ghost 5. helmi, 2013 23.50 
Yea laptop ram is cheap. Especially if your laptop is a few years old...search your laptop brand and model on Ebay and get the max your ram. Running many programs in the background can impact game performance and might even cause it to crash.
Try disabling uneeded startup programs via msconfig or use a third party program (ccleaner comes to mind) and theres a option to do that there. Just be careful what you disable and make sure it isn't needed. You can try disabling always running programs while you play tf (like antivirus) then re-enable when you are done playing. Theres many things you can do to try to fix it. try the ram/drivers/drive cleanup/defrag and let us know if it improves.
Old-/\lien™ (In Europe) 6. helmi, 2013 17.16 
This happens to me too. You're not alone.
Sergeant Sunflower 6. helmi, 2013 19.04 
Special Agent Dale Cooper lähetti viestin:
Yea laptop ram is cheap. Especially if your laptop is a few years old...search your laptop brand and model on Ebay and get the max your ram. Running many programs in the background can impact game performance and might even cause it to crash.
Try disabling uneeded startup programs via msconfig or use a third party program (ccleaner comes to mind) and theres a option to do that there. Just be careful what you disable and make sure it isn't needed. You can try disabling always running programs while you play tf (like antivirus) then re-enable when you are done playing. Theres many things you can do to try to fix it. try the ram/drivers/drive cleanup/defrag and let us know if it improves.

Ok, my RAM is 4GB (3.87GB useable), my Uncle claims that's good, but boy is he wrong... my game is choppy as heck... I even did a disk cleanup last night.

Model: Aspire 5741G

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz 2.27 GHz (don't know why it said 2.27 GHz twice)

Anything else you need to know?
Zyroxeon 6. helmi, 2013 19.22 
DOWNLOAD MORE RAM!
Sergeant Sunflower 6. helmi, 2013 19.46 
Zyroxeon lähetti viestin:
DOWNLOAD MORE RAM!

Is my Uncle really that wrong? =/
Gary Colemans Ghost 6. helmi, 2013 19.52 
You have a duo core i5 and yes 4gb is alright. Now what vid card your laptop has?If it's integrated it should still run it fine just do what i reccomended (clena up,defrag,startup) Btw is your OS 32 or 64 bit?If you are 32bit 4gb is the max ram you can have,unfortunately.
Zyroxeon 6. helmi, 2013 19.59 
Ok look, Processor's and RAM don't do TOO much when playing, what you need to worry about is your GPU!
100% Recycled Awesome 6. helmi, 2013 20.00 
Genuine Azelf lähetti viestin:
Special Agent Dale Cooper lähetti viestin:
Yea laptop ram is cheap. Especially if your laptop is a few years old...search your laptop brand and model on Ebay and get the max your ram. Running many programs in the background can impact game performance and might even cause it to crash.
Try disabling uneeded startup programs via msconfig or use a third party program (ccleaner comes to mind) and theres a option to do that there. Just be careful what you disable and make sure it isn't needed. You can try disabling always running programs while you play tf (like antivirus) then re-enable when you are done playing. Theres many things you can do to try to fix it. try the ram/drivers/drive cleanup/defrag and let us know if it improves.

Ok, my RAM is 4GB (3.87GB useable), my Uncle claims that's good, but boy is he wrong... my game is choppy as heck... I even did a disk cleanup last night.

Model: Aspire 5741G

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz 2.27 GHz (don't know why it said 2.27 GHz twice)

Anything else you need to know?

Damn. Looks like you're on 32bit.

You're more or less SOL as long as you're still using a 32bit OS.

IF you get a 64bit OS, you can jack up your ram and then have large amounts of it allocate to video memory. That should help you considerably.

Try open your task manager and see what else is running. You could have lots of processes running that are reducing your avaliable system resources.
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