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Have you checked the laptop's power saving features?  The CPU and GPU clocks could be reduced in a power-saving mode and therefore reduce your fps.

Try disabling all power-saving features or set to "Maximum Performance" and see if the problem persists.

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Have you checked the laptop's power saving features?  The CPU and GPU clocks could be reduced in a power-saving mode and therefore reduce your fps.

Try disabling all power-saving features or set to "Maximum Performance" and see if the problem persists.

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Most likely the problem is in the graphics preferences. First have her check the "custom" box in the graphics preferences and find the draw distance slider and set it to 64. If this doesn't improve the problem, gradually downgrade the other preferences until a balance of performance and visuals is reached. On my desktop I have aan 8900 GTS with 640meg of video RAM. I still find it helpful to turn the dd way down (I use the Emerald Viewer that as a dd slider on the botom buttons)  when teleporting and only increase it for pictures or panoramas.

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I would like to emphasize that at startup the viewer performs quite normally and no downgrading of the graphics preferences is necessary. The actual problem to which a solution is sought is that the performances degrade after a few minutes without, as i wrote, any motion of the avatar or of the camera.. Yesterday we found out that minimizing and maximizing back the viewer restored the normal performances, but only for a short time; i hope this feature can give someone a hint of what is happening.

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That sounds very interesting indeed, because the problem has been noted for the first time in early summer, and internal cooling of laptops can be problematic. The GPU could be overheating when the viewer is maximized. I'll be working on that. Thanks a lot!


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I also have had the same problems with my laptop, an older Dell. I tried the things suggested earlier and then deduced that it was overheating. I spent $25.00 on a dual fan cooling pad which partially solved the problem as well as a small quiet 3 inch fan which really keeps the laptop cool. With that unit, $8.00 at Target, the laptops fan never kicks in to high and sl runs pretty well. Also, performance improved after installing Cool Viewer 1.23.4.

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This does sound like an overheating/auto throttling down issue.

It being the graphics preferences doesn't make sense if its a higher frame rate to start with and always bounces back up after minimising (again that would go along with a heat issue because when sl is minimised its not taxing the GPU, allowing it time to cool down).

 

As well as the return/fan suggestions, you can also buy specific cooling docks for laptops which dissipate the heat away faster which might help.

Good luck!

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Okay, I have received quite a few tallying advices now which point to an overheating problem. I must admit I was not struck at once by this possibility, because I use a desktop with an internal fan of respectable size so I never met similar problems, but overheating is clearly the cause of the problem observed by my friend. Thanks to all, my question was satisfactorily answered. I hope this post can help others too.

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