Unknown problem with graphics card

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Filip Becaver

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Hi, my problem started about 2-3 weeks ago. It was a normal day, everything worked normally. My laptop downloaded windows updates and requiered restart. I restarted it in the evening because i had nothing to do. But then, i ran a game, and after a few minutes, it started to lag. My fps dropped from 50 to 30. I checked the driver, and everything was set as it was supposed to. So i restarted laptop again. I ran the game, worked fine for a few minutes and then again. I thought, that it might be something wrong with updates, so i did a system restore to a point before the updates. No change, problem occured. I had really no idea what happend. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad E520 with two graphics cards, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD HD Radeon 6630m. That AMD is 2gb. I was checking with lenovo toolbox for a problem. And i found out, that with the INTEL card, there was a line saying that it has 2gb, and no such thing was written with AMD card. So a thought crossed my mind, that what if, somehow, the amd card transfered those 2gb to that INTEL card. I dont know, and i really doubt that something like that is possible but it would make sense, because that intel card was stronger than before. For exampe, when i played CS:GO on intel card, i had around 30-40 fps. After this thing that happend, i had around 50. And with AMD i had around 30. Ofc, graphic in game looked worse with intel card. So i tried to reinstall my windows ( i have 7 -64 bit), but after installing the driver for 2 hours, i gave it up. I restored the system to the point before reinstalling. I dont think it has something to do with the graphic card itself, because when i restart the computer, everything works fine for a few minutes. But then FPS drops and it stays down until next restart. And its not only with games, also programs demanding better graphic card have a problem. So now i am not able to play any game, and cant properly use programs like Autocad. This problem happed for no reason really, all of a sudden, one minute everything works fine, and the other everything is screwed up. I have no idea what to do, so i will appreciate every advice. Im really desperate, please someone help me. I have all drivers up to date. And im not very good in computer terminology so please respect that and write like i was a noob and knew nothing about computers.
My specs: Intel Core i5-2430M 2,40 GHz
Ram: 8 GB
Windows: windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Graphics cards: Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD HD Radeon 6630m
 

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very difficult to believe. you scrolled down to the s's?
superfetch is not listed in the services part of task manager.
only listed in services.msc. please check again. everything
online says it's in 7 8 and 10.

while you're at it see what percentage of available ram is in use
before and after game is loaded (task manager)
 

mauxie

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still not convinced but pressing on, have you tried enabling your amd while disabling the intel?
display adapters that is, not monitor in device manager.
 

Filip Becaver

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I tried enabling amd and disabling intel a while ago, and it seemed to work, but because intel was disabled, and amd not really installed, when i opened a game, it was unplayable. Basically, the pc was running without a graphics card. However, amd driver is only shown as installed, but it doesn't work. So i went to safe mode, uninstalled amd driver leftovers or whatever that is that is installed, and when i was installing new driver, BSOD again.
 

mauxie

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only thing I can think of at this point is to make sure that when you want to
install a driver, make sure that you right-click the exe and click run-as-administrator.
remember that when you log on to your computer(even though you are listed as
admin) you are still only a regular user.
you can minimize that effect by adjusting user account control.
start>run>uac
you can also activate the hidden admin acct which has full authority.
I have a batch file to turn admin acct on, and one to turn it off.
I can post them to a hosting site or e-mail you.

never mind e-mail command lines are as follows:

net user administrator /active:yes

net user administrator /active:no
 

mauxie

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the issues with safe mode are that the normal mode resources used to record
the changes to the system configuration are not operating. it can probably
be done, but you may not have the "rollback" option if the install is performed
in safe mode. your risk your call (cluck,cluck,cluck. that's me bein' chikkin)
 
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