Ati Video Card Urgent Problem Please Help

By southerncross ยท 4 replies
Nov 9, 2005
  1. Hi,

    This is a problem , Iv been having for the past 1 and half years now. If someone can sort this out, it would be huge.

    I have a laptop, a compaq presario 1555 AP, it is 30 gb harddisk, pentium 4 with 2.4 ghz processor, 512 mb ram, 64 mb allocated to display , the graphics card is ATI radeon mobility 7500 series.

    To sum it up, a very good system. I brought it in 2003, I brought 3 games along with it, one was global operations, the other one was empire earth and third one was dungeon siege.

    When i brought this laptop in 2003, All these games worked smoothly and had no problems, after 8 months I reinstalled the OS with windows xp retail CD that came with the LAPTOP, i had also 4 factory image CD. The games worked fine then also.

    In 2004 end , something began to happen, the when i played the games, 5 minutes after the game started, the graphics would begin to be sluggish and then after 5 to 7 minutes of sluggishness the game would beccome smooth again, Again after 5 minutes of smoothness it would become sluggish. It was the same for all games. Other than that the laptop was fine and worked well with all other applications

    2005, I reinstalled everything, installed the latest driver, defrag my disks regularly, clean out registry using sys mechanic etc, the laptop was in top condition and fast and smooth. The games worked fine for the first 1 month, then again the SAME THING !

    I have done everything I can, put the latest drivers etc, turned off acceleration tried with that, did everything possible. ITs still the SAME.

    I dont know whats going on its something to do with refresh rate ? video card something i dont know. 5minutes into game smooth then after that becomes sluggish then smooth then sluggish. the very same games that worked fine in the begining.

    please help, it seems only thing remaining is to reinstall using the factory cds, back to the begining, but i dont want to do that.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Sounds like you may have a heat problem.

    It could be that your laptop needs cleaning.

    Open the laptop, and clean out all the dust bunnies, using a can of compressed air.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 443

    You say you installed the latest drivers. Would those be from ATI, or did you load this one from the Compaq site? I agree with Howard that it could possibly be heat related. The fact that it slows then increases sounds like a dying fan. Do you have something like motherboard monitor5 that you can use to monitor your fan speeds?
  4. southerncross

    southerncross TS Rookie Topic Starter


    yes, the fan makes lot of noise, and may be 10 minutes into starting the laptop, i havnt cleaned the laptop inside since 2003 march now its almost end of 2005. I will try that and update you, thanks guys. I will take it to a shop and have it cleaned
  5. southerncross

    southerncross TS Rookie Topic Starter

    from compaq

    the drivers from comapq link you had pasted.
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