The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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MaChew94 Mar 25, 2014 @ 9:34am
This is probably talked to death on here, but after trawling around on youtube and forum posts claiming to 'fix Skyrim lag forever 420' I couldn't actually solve my problem. So, after apologising for the fact that this is probably everywhere, let's get to my problem:

Since i bought Skyrim, I've suffered pretty horrible lag, and i think it's fps: as in, I get anywhere between 10 seconds - 2 minutes of solid gameplay and then it starts to get clunky and slow, with mouse delays of about 1-2 seconds. It becomes literally unplayable for around 20-30 seconds and then it's fine for another short while (usually up to 2 mins) and then it repeats. Apologies for the unspecific timing, but it changes all the time. So, as you can see (hopefully) it's saddening that I can't play this game.

I've tried to 'fix' it by doing the following:

Changed my battery setting to 'high performance' (following a post I made a few months back. I actually fixed the problem but recently I wiped and re-installed Windows and now the lag is back with a vengeance)
Installed the latest Nvidia Driver for my laptop, to no avail.
Modified the value of one of the Gamepad references on the 'system pref' folder of my Skyrim game (per the reassurances that this will fix it)
Turned all the mods off, the graphics to high, turned antiscopic filtering off, shadow quality down, water reflect off (basically turned everything down)

After all this, I still get the lag after the times displayed above.

My important specs: i7 3610 QM CPU @ 2.3 Ghz
Dedicated Nvidia Gforce GT 650M

So, as you can hopefully see, my specs are enough to run Skyrim, as the recommended settings are 'ultra high' when starting it.

TL;DR, My specs should run skyrim but I suffer horrible lag after minutes of starting the game each time, despite various 'fixes' for running the game. If I've missed anything from my 'fix' section please tell me, I'm willing to try anything (deals with the Devil aside for now).

Thanks for reading, hope you can all help

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Miku Mar 25, 2014 @ 9:41am 
you could give razer game booster a try.
it helped some people.
MaChew94 Mar 25, 2014 @ 9:45am 
Googled it, and it looks perfect, targetting fps rate
I'll test and it get back to you, ty for your fast reply :)
Could be thermal throttling; ie your laptop fans/vents are full of dust or your laptop has a cheap/poorly designed cooling system
Day Mar 25, 2014 @ 12:10pm 
Haha . My laptop has much less lower specs than yours and I can run it perfectly on low-medium . Something that will help, turn antialiasing off in the settings . (Launcher settings ) and turn graphic down . Bam , no more lag and next time don't try and run one of the most graphic demanding games of all time on ultra high ;)
MaChew94 Mar 25, 2014 @ 1:16pm 
Haha, well I'm running it on high and it's okay, I might try medium for the best results. I think I turned that down but I will check, I've had some luck today and it's working okay, gonna give it a rest now and a clean soon, and hopefully it'll be fine :) thanks :D
MaChew94 Mar 25, 2014 @ 1:18pm 
@ Shocks It could be that, I notice it heats up quick and the vents are on the side/bottom of my laptop. I downloaded a custom d3d9 file for it, and noticed that I never had one before adding this one. I tested it and i got more gameplay before lagging than before, so I might just have to tweak my settings now. Thanks for your help guys
Kunnaki Apr 13, 2014 @ 5:52am 
Originally posted by NightCore:
you could give razer game booster a try.
it helped some people.
I've tried what you suggested, but the game still lags, even on the lowest settings. I think I'll just have to update my graphics card or something.
Miku Apr 13, 2014 @ 5:53am 
Originally posted by Kunnaki:
Originally posted by NightCore:
you could give razer game booster a try.
it helped some people.
I've tried what you suggested, but the game still lags, even on the lowest settings. I think I'll just have to update my graphics card or something.
check the nexus for performance mods
MaChew94 Apr 13, 2014 @ 9:29am 
@NightCore, i will do, thank you. I've had no luck yet with it, but I noiced that all my games lag (civilsation 5, path of the exile) and only when my laptop heats up. Even when leaning the laptop's vents over the edge of the table, it remains hot and laggy, making me think it's dust causing overheating and making my laptop in general under-perform.
So, later on today I'll be vaccuming my laptop out and giving a good clean while installing a new hard drive, and hopefully I'll have cracked it. My laptop's got hot before, but never this bad (literally burns my hand when I touch the vents - it made my glass of port hot the other night!)
As always, thanks for your help guys :)
3D G0D May 4, 2014 @ 8:09pm 
Just to let your guys know the game boosters actually destroy fps so dont use those.
darkVerse Jun 20, 2014 @ 6:02pm 
I had the same problem with Skyrim, but I solved it. I am using HP Probook 4740, after over 400 hours playing Skyrim it started to lag after few seconds in the main menu and notebook started literally to burn, so I could not even put fingers on the keyboard, then I noticed something in the Skyrim options, the graphics adapter was changed to some Microsoft basic...something and that was the problem, notebook didnt change the graphic card so you could play the game, it could not even recognize it, so I installed AMD Catalyst and I enabled "Follow Windows Scheme" after rebooting the notebook Skyrim started to work and now in the options under graphics adapter is Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000. :cybereye:
John Gromorg Jun 20, 2014 @ 6:49pm 
This might be too simple. I had lag and did a disc defrag, mine runs fine now. Not a laptop.
Ceejay Jun 21, 2014 @ 4:40am 
You can get special coolers that sit under your laptop with fans etc that can really help. It does sound like a heat issue though, instead of vacuming your laptop. try getting an airduster (a can of compressed air essentially) these can be great at blowing out the dust, and usually do a slighter better job than a vacum (uneless you have a really powerful one, with a tiny nossle attachment) :)

As for defraging, not really nessesary if you have vista/win 7 onwards it defrags itself on a regular basis.
Last edited by Ceejay; Jun 21, 2014 @ 4:37pm
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Date Posted: Mar 25, 2014 @ 9:34am
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