How to Optimize a Laptop for Gaming

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How to Optimize a Laptop for Gaming
Laptops can pose some challenges for gaming (laptop image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Using a laptop for gaming can be frustrating, because these types of computers are generally not the best for high-end gaming. There are issues with cooling, and upgrades are limited. There are steps that you can take to make your laptop run better for gaming though. These are actually some of the same things that you can do to make your laptop faster for other programs and overall performance, too. Performing maintenance and some basic changes to the system can lead to better gaming performance.

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Things you need

  • Laptop cooling stand

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the laptop on top of a laptop cooling stand. When heat builds up under a laptop, it will slow down and can cause problems. Using a cooling stand with fans disperses the air around the bottom of the computer, cooling it while it is running.

  2. 2

    Turn off visual effects used on the computer that will take performance away from games. Click on the "Start" menu, then right click "Computer" or "My Computer." Click the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" click "Settings." Select the option labelled "Adjust for best performance." Click "OK" on both windows to apply the changes, then close the windows.

  3. 3

    Run disk defragmenter on the hard drive. From the start menu, click "Computer" or "My Computer." Right-click "Local disk C:" and select "Properties." Click "Disk Cleanup." Click the check boxes next to each item, unless you need to keep those files. Click "OK" to have the files deleted. This tools removes unneeded files from your computer's hard drive.

  4. 4

    Run disk defragmenter on the hard drive. From the start menu, click "Computer" or "My Computer." Right-click "Local Disk C:" and select "Properties." Click the "tools" tab, then select "Defragment Now." Run the defragmenting program. This tool moves around data on the hard drive so it can be accessed more quickly.

  5. 5

    Close any programs that you don't need, including those running in the background. Check the bottom right of the tool bar for icons that indicate programs that are running. Any running programs besides your game will degrade performance. Memory and the processor will be utilised by these programs if you do not close them.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a network cable instead of Wi-Fi for online gaming with a laptop to get the best connection speed.

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