Now, we all know, upgrading your graphics card and/or processor can greatly improve your laptop’s gaming performance. So too, is upgrading the amount of RAM you have on your system. However, did you know, there are five or six quick steps or things you can do right now which will improve your gaming performance – regardless of the type of laptop or computer you’re using for playing your games.
For the most part, computer gaming usually demands high performance levels or your enjoyment goes downhill fast. Choppy video game play, computer lag and screen freeze-ups can all ruin your gaming experience and enjoyment – so here are six things you can try for better gaming:
1. Update Drivers On Your Graphics Card
Simply make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your graphics card. New drivers are better designed to handle the newer games so make sure you update your drivers regularly. Go to the company’s website (ATI or Nvidia) for your card and download/install any new drivers.
2. Don’t Forget To Update Your Game
If you’re playing games online, this will probably be done for you automatically. However, if you play off-line, go to your game’s website and update your game on a regular basis, especially if you’re having any problems with a game. Keep in mind, new fixes/patches are always coming online, so make sure your game is up to date.
3. Install Game First or Reinstall
Another obvious one, before installing any other programs on your computer, try installing the game first. If you find your computer system becomes too cluttered, try re-installing the game. A lot of gamers also keep their games separate on their computers, either by partitioning the hard drive or by getting a single hard drive for games. Many newer laptops have several drives, including the faster Solid State Drives.
4. Clean Your Computer
Simply cleaning up your computer or system from all unwanted data and files will make it run smoother. Go to http://www.ccleaner.com and download a simple program called Ccleaner. You can usually erase or delete up to 5 – 10 GBs or more of unwanted files from your computer. Less clutter, faster system.
5. Defrag Your Computer’s Hard Drive
We all know we should do this regularly, but many of us don’t. After a period of time, the data or files on your computer system may become fragmented or separated, which means the hard drive pin has to jump around to find the information. Not very efficient by any means, so we have to constantly defrag our systems if we want them to perform at peak performances. If you’re not sure how to defrag your system, just do a search in Google or Bing for your version of Windows.
It usually goes something like this:
Open My Computer.
Right-click the local disk volume that you want to defragment – click Properties.
On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.
6. Reformat Your Computer – Last Resort
Most people don’t like doing this last step – so only do this if all else fails. You can reformat or re-install Windows if your system is simply no longer working at the performance level you have been enjoying. Sometimes, too many programs get installed on our systems, which can drain power away from our games or even make the computer freeze up during game play. Reformatting or re-installing Windows could return your system to peak performance levels.
There you have it, five or six quick and simple things you can do to improve the gaming performance of your laptop or computer. Just try these easy steps before you put a fist through that monitor or throw your laptop out the window. You can not only increase your gaming performance, but save yourself some costly repair bills as well.