The Doctors Wife Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:09pm
Computer Help
I have Skyrim on my PC and my sis just bought her own PC copy as well. Mine works fine. She is having difficulty with the game's reaction time. Basically having to bash the left-click to fight and all. I also notice that the smoke looks more pixelated in her game than mine. She has a Dell Inspiron One2205, 4gb ram, enough HD space, AMD Athlon II X2 240e / 2.8 GHz, duo-core, yadayada. Any idea what the problem is?

ETA: Also at Bleak Falls Barrow, we noticed that the cobwebs the could be cut down were invisible.
Last edited by The Doctors Wife; Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:12pm
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Angry Toaster Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:19pm 
Worse pc or different settings. Maybe her mouse aint working corerctly or her fps is really low, hence the slow reaction time.

What is the problem?
Dr. Shocks . DO Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:24pm 
No graphics card?
The Doctors Wife Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:26pm 
Well, I don't really see the game lagging. I do see that for some reason when she was running towards Riverwood, a shadow kept falling on her. Made us think dragons were showing up. But it's just always happening. That's why I'm asking if anyone can tell from the computer if that's the problem or not. We also tried my FF VI controller and it was slow too, so it wasn't reacting well either, so I'm not sure it is the mouse.
The Doctors Wife Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:27pm 
Originally posted by Shocks -Qosmio- SEAL !!!:
No graphics card?

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4270
Angry Toaster Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:35pm 
Sounds like she has some weird render option in whatever ATI has as their control panel. It can cause problems like that in game.
grimus Sep 8, 2013 @ 8:42pm 
here are some steam help pages that might help: (blue text links to further help/info)

Troubleshooting Game Performance Issues - Hardware:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2715-YIPD-6873

Troubleshooting Game Performance Issues - Software:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9257-TUJL-7421

Troubleshooting Mouse and Keyboard Lag:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5365-RXBN-5508

also this article is good guide to understanding your graphic settings: (uses skyrim as an example)
http://lifehacker.com/5985304/get-the-most-from-your-games-a-beginners-guide-to-graphics-settings
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dakneo Sep 8, 2013 @ 10:48pm 
Sadly, 'Wife, the 4270 can barely play Skyrim by design. If everything's already set on 'low' in the Options screen, the only thing you can do is try some performance improving mods. Here's some ideas :
http://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/973355-performance-boosting-mods-compatibility/
The Doctors Wife Sep 9, 2013 @ 3:36am 
I'm surprised. My computer has the 4350 and I can run it on high without any issues. I some fixes but now it's better in some ways and worse in others. My head hurts from all the camera spinning. LOL. I'm taking a break and will try again this evening. Thanks guys.
The Doctors Wife Sep 13, 2013 @ 1:18am 
Was finally able to get it to work better by lowering the resolution to the smallest available size, as suggested in the Wiki. Thanks for the help.
Praxius Sep 13, 2013 @ 2:05am 
Yeah lowering resolution will allow you to increase other graphical details, but do it slowly and bits at a time so you know how far you can push the card. Besides upgrading the card this is the best option.

You will have to determine what to sacrifice: lower image quality for smoother gameplay, or better graphics for choppy gameplay.
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rolandhagge Sep 13, 2013 @ 2:18am 
I hate to say this the biggest problem is that it's a Hell I mean a Dell.... it have a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4270.... right and I think it is a very small card I don't know if you can even upgrade it....it is an old 'puter? and is not that monitor 12ms??? that would make the videocard slow too....
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Praxius Sep 13, 2013 @ 3:39am 
Yeah I have a bit of a hate for Dells. Every Dell PC I dealt with was just a pain. A few years back I tried to upgrade the RAM in one and it wouldn't register it being in the system. It didn't work because Dell made it so that if you want to upgrade, you need to buy specific parts from them, such as their own RAM..... The stuff from the local shop won't work.

Just as bad as a friggn Mac.

I never had issues with HP though and would recommend them. I can upgrade the hardware and software without any issues and can put whatever I want in.... Decently priced and most of their systems are beefy right out of the box these days.
The Doctors Wife Sep 13, 2013 @ 4:28am 
I have a Dell desktop, running Ati Radeon 4300/4500 series on High. My previous computer was a Dell Desktop and it lasted a long time. I had a Compaq before that and it broke every few months, it seemed. The previous desktop I had, I was able to upgrade the RAM by myself. I bought the memory from Crucial, cheaper than I'd get from Dell. I'm sure there were probably cheaper items out there but that website makes it easy to check compatibility. I would love to upgrade my sister's computer's graphics card but laptops look more difficult to modify and I don't think she wants to buy a graphics card. So this solution works for now. This is her second copy of Skyrim, as she's generally not a PC gamer but wanted to use all the mods like I do.
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Vahlok Ro Tiid Sep 13, 2013 @ 5:10am 
... mods ... :/
Kelvy Sep 13, 2013 @ 1:43pm 
Factory bought computers are limited to what can be upgraded with. Best to build your own with parts of your choice and you will find it could be cheaper than buying factory brand. I have built 3 computers from scratch upgrading and better performance and over the years the cost has been the same approx. Old saying games get better computers must upgrade to keep up.
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