Is there any way to test my graph card?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kretzy, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. kretzy macrumors 604

    kretzy

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    #1
    Of late, I've been noticing that my PB seems to be struggling a bit with things of a graphic nature, for example: Marble Blast Gold used to run very smoothly, but now it is very choppy and unplayable. I have found the same thing with KoTOR, when I first started playing it it ran really well, but now it's virtually unplayable. Trying to just walk around is unbearable, I press to walk forwards, it freezes and then I end up somewhere I had not intended.

    So I was just wondering if there was any way to test that my graph card is working or a way to better optimize it?

    Thanks
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Your Powerbook should have come with a hardware test CD. I would pop that in and give it a whirl. Should tell you if there's anything seriously wrong with your computer.
     
  3. kretzy thread starter macrumors 604

    kretzy

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    Cool, thanks alot! I'll give it a try. :)
     
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like there is something running in the background that is sucking up all your CPU cycles. Take a look at activity monitor, and see if anything is taking up an unusually high amount of CPU %. Also, have you restarted lately? Installed any strange background apps that change the UI?
     
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Sorry to interrupt, but Marble Blast gold is a really really fun game.

    Oh, and have you tried just a erase and install of your OS? That's quite simple (takes time, but it's simple) and usually fixes a lot of problems.
     

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