Aarowen
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Gaming/Power Issues

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I have been having a weird issue with my M15x. When I play games like Mass Effect 2 or Dragon Age and my power cord is plugged in my frame rates dramatically drop and in the case of ME2 it makes me unable to select things like doors and people. When I unplug the laptop I can immediately see the frame rates jump back up and with ME2 I can automatically select things. This leaves me unable to play any game for very long since I'm forced to run off my battery. I have tried changing my power settings to different ones and nothing has worked. I have even re-installed Windows 7 and my games and am still having the same issue.

Any idea's would be greatly appreciated as I am at my wits end with this.  Thank you.

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Re: Gaming/Power Issues

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D'oh! I was just notified that the M15x doesn't have the integrated video (like the M17x) so no wonder you do not see Hybrid Graphics.

While plugged in, press FN+F2 and enable battery charging. Test the game.

While plugged in, press FN+F2 and disable battery charging. Test the game.

 

 

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teegale
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I would check AlienFusion to make sure "High Performance" is selected when the power cord is plugged in. It seems as though you've already done this, so I'm not exactly sure what else would cause this. It has to be a power setting.

Alienware Aurora
Bios A10
Command Center 2.5.52.0
Windows 7
ATI Radeon HD 5870
Realtek HD Onboard audio
USB Alienware Keyboard, USB Microsoft Wireless Mouse, USB Displayport

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If your in Hybrid Mode, open the Nvidia Hybrid SLI Graphics option in the taskbar. Make sure Boost Performance is selected.

Save power = Intel 9400M
Boost Performance = Nvidia 260M/280M

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Aarowen
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Re: Gaming/Power Issues

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I have the 240m Nvidia and don't see the Hybrid SLI graphics option. Is it the same for the 240m?

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You have to reboot into Hybrid Mode.

* Restart the PC
* Press F2
* Bios- Advanced- Graphic Setting
* Change Hybrid Graphics to Enabled
* Press F10 to Save and Exit

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Aarowen
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Re: Gaming/Power Issues

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When I boot into the bios and look under advanced I don't see graphic setting. I see Intel Virtualization Technology/ Intel Speedstep/ Wired Network/ Wireless Network/ Bluetooth Receiver/ High Definition Sound/ USB Emulation/ SATA Operation/ eSATA and then under that I see the hard drive and optical drives. Under them I see performance options and in there I see turbo mode, the clock and voltage. Any ideas? I'll try anything!

Thanks for your time Chris I really appreciate you replying to this problem.

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Are you booting up the the AC adapter connected?

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Aarowen
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Yes I am booting with the power adapter plugged in : (

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Aarowen
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I have tried now with it plugged in and with it unplugged and still no graphic setting option in the bios. Might I need to download a different bios? I've only had the laptop for less then two months and have never played with the bios so it is the original bios setup it came with.

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Re: Gaming/Power Issues

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D'oh! I was just notified that the M15x doesn't have the integrated video (like the M17x) so no wonder you do not see Hybrid Graphics.

While plugged in, press FN+F2 and enable battery charging. Test the game.

While plugged in, press FN+F2 and disable battery charging. Test the game.