An Update

I’m currently on vacation visiting the boyfriend, and our raiding is in its final week before we have our official raid break for the summer. There will still be some raids now and then, but completely optional for those who are interested. Personally, I’m definitely considering just taking it easy and not really raiding. If anything, I’d be more interested in going back to do some old raids/achievements. Just for fun.

While on vacation I’m stuck on my laptop. Which when I bought it I thought would be able to handle WoW fine. I don’t know what happened, but fine is not really what I would call it.

Here’s a comparison for you. First screenshot if taken on my PC at home. The second one from this laptop in an attempt to mimic the first one…

PC Screenshot

PC Screenshot

Laptop Screenshot

Laptop Screenshot

Not quite the same. Sure, the laptop has a lower resolution of course. But I have to play everything on the Low setting to be able to get above 10 fps. Worst part is, it didn’t used to be this bad. When I first got the laptop it was playing it on at least a decent setting. I could see more than ten yards ahead of me. Honestly, I have no idea what’s gone wrong, but I suspect I should just re-install the entire thing. An updated graphics driver got me from 2 fps to 20 if I’m standing still.. But if I raise it above the minimum settings… Back down to basically no fps.

Which is extra frustrating, because I got the WoD Beta invite the day I went on holiday! And let me tell you, with my laptop barely managing normal WoW… Playing the beta is impossible. So I have this new, shiny beta invite – and I can’t use it for another week until I go back home! So unfair!


An Update — 3 Comments

  1. Saga,
    A complete rebuild would be ideal. Nothing like flushing several months/years worth of detritus to speed things up. Laptops are notorious for this because they want to monitor everything real-time.Oh, you just plugged in this USB device, let me add some complicated monitoring app that will run all the time, just in case you plug it into your machine again..

    As we’ll be in beta for at least a month, I think there will still be lots to explore when you get back. I tried it the other night and spent hours trying to bypass the EULA boss. You get an invisible mouse pointer and have to scroll down the EULA then click the ACCEPT button. I was finally able to defeat the boss using a bit of a hack to make the mouse pointer visible. Not sure if it will the beta team will change that quest. Hope so.

    • It would take a few days. It takes a lot of bandwidth for OS reinstallation, OS updates, graphics driver updates, downloading WoW, the WoW updates, and the test realm. Also, any WoW add-ons and other pieces of software would need to be reinstalled with the software keys. They usually have updates to download as well.

      It would be worth it, sure, but it takes a long time to get rid of the bloat.

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