First time poster, though I've been able to find useful data any time I've been on the site. This time, I'm stumped.
I've been having video trouble recently on a laptop I bought about 2 years ago. While watching video online such as YouTube, Collegehumor, etc I find that my video tends to lag and skip quite a bit. However for some reason, watching Netflix is for the most part stable with only a few skips here and there.
This translates over to games as well. I've been playing Heroes of Newerth this summer with a few buddies, and about a month ago everything started slowing down massively from the developer's screen being up for too long, to joining games taking too long, to the actual game lagging quite a bit.
Oddly enough, about 10% of the time I turn my computer on, it will work just fine. Unfortunately the percentage that it works has gradually been going down from when I first had the problem.
The laptop is a Dell Vostro 1500. It's video card is an NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS with drivers fully updated as of yesterday. I ran a diagnostic on the computer and the only issues that came up were that the hard drive had seemingly gone bad, but I replaced that and the issues did not go away. If I need to provide any more information let me know, and I'm sorry if the issues aren't completely clear as it is a bit late here.
Edited by SecretSquirrel, 21 August 2010 - 02:45 AM.