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Laptop Replacement/Suggestions Thread: Bring out yer dead laptops!

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  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    Check to make sure all your drivers are up to date. it wouldn't surprise me if there was a graphics and or/chipset driver issue.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    You should be able to force it to use the GPU if you right click desktop, go to nvidia control panel, click Manage 3D Settings, and find a field in there where you can tell it to only use the nvidia GPU. You can set it on an application-specific basis for destiny 2 only as well. BUT, this might not help, as I would not be sure that the laptop using the GPU and CPU graphics in tandem is causing you to lose performance. Try that and see if it improves anything, if not you're probably just hitting the limits of the laptop 2060 chipset. Laptop GPU chipsets are downclocked from desktop versions significantly to reduce power consumption and especially heat.

    e: oh reading comprehension lol, you already did that.
    Hmm. Reading online it sounds like you should be able to get at least 90 FPS on a 2060 mobile. Yeah that's a mystery, I guess you could try disabling the onboard graphics in the BIOS. Can you open up the bottom easily and see if it needs to be cleaned of dust, also? Also also what kind of CPU do you have in there, could you be getting bottlenecked by the CPU?

    It's an 8th gen i7, so while D2 is pretty CPU intensive it shouldn't be getting bottlenecked that bad. I did do a full dusting which didn't have any impact, and all the drivers are up to date. Confirmed that disabling the onboard graphics does disable the laptop screen, unfortunately, so I can either: play connected to a monitor and get solid performance, or: get bad performance using my laptop as a laptop. Unless there's anything else to be done here that I'm missing.

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    is this a 1080p laptop or higher resolution?

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    is this a 1080p laptop or higher resolution?
    Yeah, 1080p, 144hz I believe.

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    reinstalling GPU/chipset drivers from the laptop manufacturer's site is the only thing I can think to try

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Did you try disabling the Intel graphics from the Device Manager instead of BIOS?

    That's such a weird issue, I have the exact same laptop and haven't had a problem with that nVidia card switching with games via the GeForce driver suite, but I don't play Destiny 2.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    Good recommendations, I'll try both of those and see what happens.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    I'm low-key looking for a new laptop for my mom. She's currently using a Lenovo that is serviceable but the keyboard has issues. I'm checking for a new kb to replace it but I'm also looking into full fledged replacement.

    She uses it for web services and email, as well as managing her photos. She's early 70s so obviously visibility is an issue.

  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    That feels like a Ultrabook / Chromebook solution? You can set the accessibility and screen magnification through windows.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    So, update on the MSI situation: not every game is stuck the way Destiny 2 is, so that is good to know; it's just particularly CPU heavy and I'm hitting 90c almost instantly, which is causing it to throttle, which is causing my FPS to stick at 45~ no matter what the settings are on. I did some undervolting, but that isn't enough even with fans on max, so I'm probably going to need to re-apply thermal paste.

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    ahhh bottlenecked by the CPU? that makes sense

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  • SirToastySirToasty Registered User regular
    My dudes.

    I'm thinking about some kind of 2-in-1/convertible to use primarily for digital sheet music and video recording/playback during music lessons. I would also like to be able to run Ableton Live for some light recording so Windows is a must (not a fan of iOS). Ableton says minimum i5 processor but I'm not doing any hardcore mixing or live sets or anything so I'm wondering if I can get by with less.

    How are the Surface Pros? Specifically the 5 or 6 since I'm looking at refurbished units and want to keep it around $500.

  • AkimboEGAkimboEG Registered User regular
    A relative is looking for a new 14"-15" work laptop at a $750 budget (employer is buying). His current machine is a Dell XPS 13" with an i5 10210U and 8GB of ram. Portability and battery life aren't as important here as performance. Am I likely to find a laptop with significantly upgraded specs compared to his current machine at this budget? Specifically, I'd really like something with 16GB of ram, as that seems to be the bottleneck with his current usage.

    The two models I've currently found are this Acer at Costco, and this MSI at Newegg. But I'm not sure Costco is even an option, given his employer will be making the purchase, and I've been out of the loop for _many_ years, and don't really know what's what with regards to models, processors and build quality.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    So, update on the MSI situation: not every game is stuck the way Destiny 2 is, so that is good to know; it's just particularly CPU heavy and I'm hitting 90c almost instantly, which is causing it to throttle, which is causing my FPS to stick at 45~ no matter what the settings are on. I did some undervolting, but that isn't enough even with fans on max, so I'm probably going to need to re-apply thermal paste.

    I got mine through XoticPC and I had them add thermal pads or some such shit in addition to improving the thermal paste and it's never broke 45

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    So, update on the MSI situation: not every game is stuck the way Destiny 2 is, so that is good to know; it's just particularly CPU heavy and I'm hitting 90c almost instantly, which is causing it to throttle, which is causing my FPS to stick at 45~ no matter what the settings are on. I did some undervolting, but that isn't enough even with fans on max, so I'm probably going to need to re-apply thermal paste.

    I got mine through XoticPC and I had them add thermal pads or some such shit in addition to improving the thermal paste and it's never broke 45

    I got mine half off at Best Buy as it was a floor display, so it had already seen some use when I picked it up. But still, half off! Now to find someone local that can put the thermal pads on for me because I don't want to do that.

  • FiskebentFiskebent DenmarkRegistered User regular
    edited June 16
    I'm looking to replace my Dell XPS 13 which is getting a bit long in the tooth. I need a new laptop for work, which is .NET development under Windows. I'd like to run Linux at the same time with a VM setup.

    I'm thinking 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB hard disk. No need for a dedicated graphics card. Quick build times. 15" screen with good resolution. Able to drive 2 external screens. As good battery time as I can get. Not too fussed about price. Decent passive cooling would be nice, so I don't have to listen to the fans running all day.

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited June 19
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    So, update on the MSI situation: not every game is stuck the way Destiny 2 is, so that is good to know; it's just particularly CPU heavy and I'm hitting 90c almost instantly, which is causing it to throttle, which is causing my FPS to stick at 45~ no matter what the settings are on. I did some undervolting, but that isn't enough even with fans on max, so I'm probably going to need to re-apply thermal paste.

    I got mine through XoticPC and I had them add thermal pads or some such shit in addition to improving the thermal paste and it's never broke 45

    I got mine half off at Best Buy as it was a floor display, so it had already seen some use when I picked it up. But still, half off! Now to find someone local that can put the thermal pads on for me because I don't want to do that.

    My Acer Predator was hitting those temps. Undervolting didn’t help much in the long run.

    The solution was to go into windows battery management and set the CPU to 95% power while plugged in. I got no noticeable performance drop and my temps dropped 20c. I’d give that a try before getting someone to crack it open.

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  • GilgaronGilgaron Registered User regular
    I have an HP x2 laptop (its kinda like a Surface) with a swelling battery. Thinking about taking it to ubreakifix because this is a glued together kind of laptop rather than screws. Anyone had any positive/negative experience there?

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05517464.pdf it's just a bit more involved than I really trust myself to do without breaking the screen.

  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    ubreakfix is the company Google uses for official repairs, and their techs are certified for Samsung, etc other repairs, at least on the phone side. They're probably about as trustworthy as you get for 3rd party repair shops.

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  • GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    My dad is looking to buy a laptop for working from home. It’s just office work, so nothing super beefy is needed, but it does need to be Windows.

    He’s currently looking at a Zenbook 14. Any thoughts on that? Maybe something cheaper that would still work?

  • DrovekDrovek Registered User regular
    Garthor wrote: »
    My dad is looking to buy a laptop for working from home. It’s just office work, so nothing super beefy is needed, but it does need to be Windows.

    He’s currently looking at a Zenbook 14. Any thoughts on that? Maybe something cheaper that would still work?

    Cheaper than the non-OLED, non-Duo models? Kinda difficult.

    The missus has had an MSI Prestige 14 for the past 2 years and she's loved it (and the battery life is insane if doing "office work.") and it's in the ballpark of the Zenbook 14, I'd say? Just another option to consider.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Is he willing to check open box or used?

  • GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Is he willing to check open box or used?

    Yes he is, though I don't know any reliable sites for these.

  • GilgaronGilgaron Registered User regular
    He should look for one with thunderbolt if he wants to dock it up to multiple monitors for work. Otherwise most anything core i3 with SSD storage will be fine for MS Office multitasking. Costco has some good deals right now if you have a membership.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    It's hit or miss, but Best Buy has open box options. For refurb, you can check Amazon or Microcenter (if that's an option).

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