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Solenya Dec 13, 2012 @ 12:08am
Need tips to improve my FPS...
That don't include buying a new card/comp lol.

For a long while, I had an "ok" 60+ FPS and I could play normally. Now I'm lucky if I can get 30(usually 20 atm). I never changed any Video settings, or any settings on my graphics card before this happened, so I'm at a loss. I've even tried turning all the setting in my [out-dated] graphics card, AND the game itself DOWN, and still no improvement.

Was wondering if someone could help me out here and give me some "recommended" settings I should use to maximize performance. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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erock676 Dec 13, 2012 @ 12:50am 
Solenya Dec 13, 2012 @ 1:23am 
Thanks, I guess...
Purpletrator Dec 13, 2012 @ 5:28am 
It's often worth checking in-game that multicore rendering is set to "off" in the advanced graphics options, as even if you have multiple Graphics cores it frequently has a negative effect on frame rate.
Also worth trying with vertical sync off / disabled
.22 DELTA Dec 15, 2012 @ 3:35pm 
Do you have dual graphic cards?,you might be triggering the wrong card to play the game.
Solenya Dec 16, 2012 @ 8:57pm 
Originally posted by Neil:
Do you have dual graphic cards?,you might be triggering the wrong card to play the game.

Not to my knowledge, no.

Procesor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8600 @2.40GHz

Card: GeForce 9600M GT

Again, I realize these are crap by today's standards but I was still able to play the game with a "comfortable" 60 FPS, but now I'm lucky if I get half that.

Originally posted by Duro Vic:
he's activly gaming and not returning to this thread, so this gamer is unsubscribing
Sorry if I "Ignored" you, but that tiny green notification is easy to miss.

And again, any help with maybe some optimal settings or somesuch to improve my♥♥♥♥♥♥poor FPS would greatly be appreciated.

EDIT: Really Steam? The slang for "urine" is a cuss-word now?
Last edited by Solenya; Dec 16, 2012 @ 8:59pm
Ambient Waves Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:55am 
Also some times when i get lag running the game in a window helps me with Frames per second :/ most times
Marcus101RR Dec 22, 2012 @ 7:10pm 
AdjustedJunk, a little story to tell you. I recently had my GTS 250 cleaned out. Now here is the interesting apart. The card had reached its ultimate test, 105 C degrees. The frame rate dropped to 30-20 FPS, I usually get 80 or more on full on.

So what did I do? Turns out my card was dirty, hairy, and full of dust. I had to dismantle it, and clean it, blow it out, rewire it, and put it back together. All this took around 1 hour to complete, plus added new thermal paste to cool it again.

It now runs 70-75 C on full, and fps has gone back up to a good 90 to 100. This card was 3 years old at that time. If your card has been in there for 2 years or so, it is time to pull it out, dismantle it, clean it, and put it back together. Believe me, this will improve your FPS on first glance. As for settings, what settings did you use when you had 60 FPS? I would recommend you do the above, also go online search for a program that can measure the temperature of your card. If you are over 90 C, you are looking at some serious problems.
RastahMan Dec 23, 2012 @ 4:40am 
Try maybe some FPS config.
yodaman Dec 30, 2012 @ 8:10pm 
If cleaning out the card doesn't work, try updating your drivers. If you haven't done it in a few years, things can get a little wonky with your card.
Tire Marks Dec 31, 2012 @ 6:57pm 
maybe get a new fan or two in your computer? I had this problem with my old laptop and it fixed it
Solenya Jan 1, 2013 @ 3:30am 
Thanks for everyone's suggestions thus far, I appreciate it.
For the longest time in L4D2, I would be lucky to be running 15 FPS. I got tired of it, and I played TF2 for the next few days because TF2 runs very well. When I went back to L4D2, it ran as well as TF2, and I have no idea why. Maybe all you need to do is play TF2 for a bit instead and it will run better. (L4D1 runs even better than L4D2, if it helps)
GraveJoker Jan 19, 2013 @ 5:05pm 
the best thing to my knowledge of advice i could give you is to lower your settings and maybe lower your resolution by 1 or 2
radmanace Feb 8, 2013 @ 12:59pm 
update your drivers.
radmanace Feb 8, 2013 @ 1:04pm 
If there are not any updates,or they do not get better after driver update,well it is time to upgrade.
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Date Posted: Dec 13, 2012 @ 12:08am
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