Lenovo Y50 Video Game Lag Problem

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I've had my Y50 for a little over a year now and in the past few months it's performance in games has noticeably deteriorated. When I am playing any game, whether it is League of Legends or Black Ops 3, I will be playing at a respectable frame rate but then the game will drop down to 10-25 fps and it's quite obnoxious. Any help/solutions would be greatly appreciated.
 
Is this one of the Y50s with the Western Digital SSHD? There's a known issue with them due to the ridiculously short head parking timeout WD puts on them. Every time the head parks, the next time Windows tries to access the disk, it will freeze the entire computer for about a second while it waits for the heads to unpark. (Ignore the "Solved" flag - that's just Lenovo trying to get you to think the problem doesn't exist.)

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-P-Y-and-Z-series/Y50-70-Windows-regularly-freezes-when-1TB-SSHD-is-spinning-up/td-p/1809301/page/4
https://community.wd.com/t/nasty-intelli-park-on-wd-scorpio-blue-1t-2-5/15519/4

To test if this is the issue, create a new file named test.bat containing the following:

:repeat
@echo %RANDOM% > tmp.txt
ping -n 8 127.0.0.1 > NUL
goto repeat

Then in a command prompt, run test.bat and leave it running. It writes a random number to the disk every 8 seconds, preventing the heads from parking. If this causes the lag/stutter to disappear, then you are indeed suffering from this problem.


  • ■You used to be able to fix it with a program WD put out called wdidle3.exe. But they redesigned their website a year ago and the page hosting it disappeared. You might still be able to find it somewhere.
    ■You can just run the above batch file whenever you game.
    ■You can use CrystalDiskInfo and disable all the power management (APM) settings on the drive (move the slider to the right til it says FEh). It'll probably cost you a few minutes of battery life, and on mine it would reset every few reboots and I'd have to do it again.
    ■You can just replace the WD drive with a different drive (preferably a SSD). Please note that all the laptop WD green, SSHDs, and I suspect blue drives suffer from this short head parking timeout.
http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html
 
Hi,

Please do try these troubleshooting steps that may help.
- First is to do a clean install of the graphics card driver.
- Go to Device Manager and uninstall the Nvidia graphics driver.
- Next is to open Programs and Features then uninstall anything related to Nvidia.
- Once completely uninstalled, download and install the latest driver.
- Here's the link: nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx
- Reboot the laptop once the latest driver has been installed.
- Do also set Nvidia as the default GPU.
- Here's how: http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2615/~/how-do-i-customize-optimus-profiles-and-settings%3F
- If all these will not work, I would also suggest opening the laptop and clean the cooling fans from dust and apply new thermal paste on the CPU and GPU.
 
Is this one of the Y50s with the Western Digital SSHD? There's a known issue with them due to the ridiculously short head parking timeout WD puts on them. Every time the head parks, the next time Windows tries to access the disk, it will freeze the entire computer for about a second while it waits for the heads to unpark. (Ignore the "Solved" flag - that's just Lenovo trying to get you to think the problem doesn't exist.)

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-P-Y-and-Z-series/Y50-70-Windows-regularly-freezes-when-1TB-SSHD-is-spinning-up/td-p/1809301/page/4
https://community.wd.com/t/nasty-intelli-park-on-wd-scorpio-blue-1t-2-5/15519/4

To test if this is the issue, create a new file named test.bat containing the following:

:repeat
@echo %RANDOM% > tmp.txt
ping -n 8 127.0.0.1 > NUL
goto repeat

Then in a command prompt, run test.bat and leave it running. It writes a random number to the disk every 8 seconds, preventing the heads from parking. If this causes the lag/stutter to disappear, then you are indeed suffering from this problem.


  • ■You used to be able to fix it with a program WD put out called wdidle3.exe. But they redesigned their website a year ago and the page hosting it disappeared. You might still be able to find it somewhere.
    ■You can just run the above batch file whenever you game.
    ■You can use CrystalDiskInfo and disable all the power management (APM) settings on the drive (move the slider to the right til it says FEh). It'll probably cost you a few minutes of battery life, and on mine it would reset every few reboots and I'd have to do it again.
    ■You can just replace the WD drive with a different drive (preferably a SSD). Please note that all the laptop WD green, SSHDs, and I suspect blue drives suffer from this short head parking timeout.
http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html
 
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