Why can’t my laptop run Grand Theft Auto 4 and Call of Duty 7 well?

Anuvab Chhotray October 25, 2011
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My laptop is an HP DV6-6121 TX (with 4GB RAM, 2GB ATI Radeon 6770M graphics card, and Intel Core i7 processor). I have installed GTA 4 and COD 7, but both these games seem to lag. I have set them on performance mode. Also COD 7 doesn’t have sound during gameplay and the game does not automatically get saved after the first small following mission after the cutscene. Could updating graphics drivers/BIOS help?

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  1. DK
    February 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I recently installed gta 4 in my dv6 6121tx. When i first start game in high graphic settings it lag a bit. After dat i tried benchmark test n found dat in test summary dat my lapp using intel hd graphic 3000 to run this game instead of ati radeon hd 6770m. Can anybody help me out how to run this game wid ati radeon 6770 m

  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    try 3d analyzer
    http://games.softpedia.com/get/Tools/3D-Analyze.shtml
    3D-Analyze is a tool for transform and lightning hardware
    emulation. So it is very useful for running TnL games on video cards that have not on board dedicated
    circuits for TnL calculations (like all Voodoo, Kyro, some Radeon and older). It uses power of central
    processing unit to do emulation.
    http://tomorrowsgaming.com/hardware-software/2719.htm
    http://www.computingunleashed.com/how-to-runplay-latest-games-without.html

    try iobit game booster
    http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html

    also you can try to lower screen resolution to play the game
    http://www.techishare.com/softwares/save-restore-screen-resolution-single-multiple-users/

    Appbooster
    http://www.appsmaker.com/
    you can create a profile disabling unnecessary process

  3. James Bruce
    October 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    By the way, theres no need to check the minimum requirements, *obviously* your PC is good to run them. It may be that Jefferys solution of upgrading the latesst drivers will do the trick, but if not then I think you're just out of luck on that machine. 

  4. James Bruce
    October 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Even an HP laptop should be able run those games with those kind of specs. Unfortunately, I've always found HPs to be such terrible performance regardless of the stats. It pays to shop around when you're buying a laptop - Alienware or Dell would be my only possible considerations (if I were to ever buy a PC again, that is). 

  5. Mjevolve
    October 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    hello , 

    test you system with this test " Can You Run It " on website System Requirements Lab ( http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/  ) .

    select the game title for which you want to know the information and click on " can you run it ?."

    the website would run a simple online  test to check whether your system meets the minimum specifications for the game to run and so , is good to go .
    or 
    if the system does not meet the minimum requirements , then what exactly is failing will also be suggested by the test .

    so if your system passes this test , 
    you can rest assure that the hardware in the PC is all good to go , 
    and you need to trouble shoot some other thing .
    ( might be some conflicting apps , like AVs , Firewall, other resident scanners .  etc etc ...)

    you can also try running IOBit Game Booster .
    it would shut down the unnecessary processes and services and preserve the system power for the more heavy app that is running on a PC .!

    try and see .. 

  6. Jay
    October 26, 2011 at 2:46 am

    check the sound card COD 7 needs

    COD 7
    (Wikipedia :)
        * CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or AMD(R) Athlon(TM) 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8 GHz Dual Core Processor or better supported
        * RAM: 512MB RAM (768MB for Windows Vista)
        * Hard drive: 8GB of free hard drive space
        * Video card (generic): NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 6600 or better or ATI(R) Radeon(R) 9800Pro or better

    GTA 4

    http://www.yougamers.com/gameometer/10296/

    Minimum System Requirements

        * OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
        * Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
        * Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
        * Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

    Recommended System Requirements

        * OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
        * Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
        * Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
        * 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
        * Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870

    Decide according these requirements.

    • Anuvab Chhotray
      October 26, 2011 at 5:12 am

      Well I tried the same for COD 7 but it seems to be of no use.Is there anything else I can do? I mean changing the settings in the Beats Audio Control Panel.Because in the game's Audio options,it doesn't show up a Sound device(The field is grayed out).

  7. Jeff Fabish
    October 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Updating your video card's driver may work. Lag is a ambiguous term in gaming, do you mean it's lag as in frames per second (fps) or lag as in server response time? The difference is, if it's a low FPS than it's most likely a local issue (hardware/driver/software/etc), however if it's a long ping response time (rubber band lag) it's probably your connection. I don't think the sound and lag issues are related. 

    Most games offer a console command to allow you to view both your FPS and ping in a match. FPS lower than 30 is not going to look pretty and a ping shouldn't be higher than 130/ms. 

    • Anuvab Chhotray
      October 26, 2011 at 5:08 am

      It is FPS in the above case.Can you provide the link for the recent video driver for the 6770M?[I tried downloading a preview (11.10 v3).]

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