Witcher 2: Laggy?

#1 Posted by Lady_of_the_patriots (73 posts) -

I've got an alienware m11x r3 with a GeForce GT 540m graphics card. I looked up the specs and I should be able to run this game on ultra pretty smoothly, But I can't even run it on medium specs with out it being super unresponsive. Like I'll hit forward and he doesn't even move for about a half a second. And While that doesn't seem like alot, it really gets in the way. Even on low settings it still is a bit laggy.

Anyone know why this is? Is there a patch or something I need to download? I just tried to play Skyrim and Total War and it just ran fine so I know its not my computer.. I don't think it is anyway.

Help!

#2 Posted by MB (11884 posts) -

Do you have super sampling turned on?

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#3 Posted by Lady_of_the_patriots (73 posts) -

@MB said:

Do you have super sampling turned on?

It says Ubersampling on the advanced options but yeah I turned that off. Still running laggy :/

#4 Edited by mordukai (7125 posts) -

Well seems like most people with that card are getting about 25-30fps on it. Try putting everything on low/disabled and work from there and see what causing the lag. I also noticed that it's cpu heavy game. Seems like all the lighting and the large environments are running in real time. Try going on the official forums and see maybe someone there can help you.

#5 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Your laptop must be powered (to the socket on the wall) to run games like this.  Otherwise your GT 540M switches to low power mode, or even worse, you use the onboard Intel GPU (which is part of your CPU).

#6 Posted by benspyda (2015 posts) -

@MB said:

Do you have super sampling turned on?

Yea, not even my GTX580 could handle super sampling. It's over 9000!

#7 Posted by Shivoa (606 posts) -

@Lady_of_the_patriots: I don't think the graphics card you're using is as powerful as you think it is.

Let nVidia give you some context with a benchmark comparison of all their cards: laptop & desktop (reasonably equivalent between the two graphs, so you can see where the sub-5000 score of your GPU measures to to the last 5 years of desktop GPUs on the second chart).

So, as we now know you have almost an order of magnitude (in a very rough sense) less polygon pushing power behind you than the current cutting edge, I feel happy saying that you will have to play with the settings to find the sweet spot for your graphics card, even only running at the low native res (720p +a smidge) of your screen. Turning everything to Ultra is unlikely to give you 30+ fps in every game you try but it sounds like other people have found that turning off the higher level of anti-aliasing is a great boost for performance.

#8 Edited by Elbon (368 posts) -

@Lady_of_the_patriots said:

alienware

Well theirs your problem

#9 Edited by Korwin (2813 posts) -

The 540M isn't even remotely capable of running The Witcher 2 smoothly on Ultra (unless you were running it at 800x600 or something, might struggle even then). Turn you stuff down to low and you should be ok... maybe.

#10 Edited by Lady_of_the_patriots (73 posts) -

@Korwin said:

The 540M isn't even remotely capable of running The Witcher 2 smoothly on Ultra (unless you were running it at 800x600 or something, might struggle even then). Turn you stuff down to low and you should be ok... maybe.

Some peopel were saying they got it on high. Whatever. I had to lower the the screen resolution and now I can run it on low with now lag >_<

Bleh.

Thanks guys. Sorry kind of a pc newbie.

EDIT: With the resloution turned down I can actually run it almost high graphics... Sweet :D to use teeny weeny eye vision.

#11 Edited by bybeach (4701 posts) -

@Lady_of_the_patriots said:

@Korwin said:

The 540M isn't even remotely capable of running The Witcher 2 smoothly on Ultra (unless you were running it at 800x600 or something, might struggle even then). Turn you stuff down to low and you should be ok... maybe.

Bleh.

Thanks guys. Sorry kind of a pc newbie.

Understood. What you have to catch up on is what pc will do for you. Alienware keeps pushing out their laptops but I have an innate distrust. I do suppose their top model(s) are okay. I would do as one poster suggested, play yours plugged in. And just saying, bring yourself up to speed a bit on pc components and maybe even think of a solid desktop performer someday. Even if you have someone else build it(and you would be surprised.. so easy to build yourself if you understand the fundamentals) you will at least have true grasp.

Edit- I went through my Alienware phase, a p4 3.60 with a 6800 ultra, later stepped up to a 8800 gts, great machine. It rules the closet now...

#12 Edited by Lady_of_the_patriots (73 posts) -

@bybeach: I do play it plugged in. I already learned this trick. lol. Thanks though :D

And I edited my previous post to say if I lower the screen resolution I can get it to almost run on high if I turn down some of the other un-important settings.

#13 Edited by bybeach (4701 posts) -

@Lady_of_the_patriots said:

@bybeach: I do play it plugged in. I already learned this trick. lol. Thanks though :D

And I edited my previous post to say if I lower the screen resolution I can get it to almost run on high if I turn down some of the other un-important settings.

okay.

since it was already mentioned i assumed you did

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