New biggo laptop: super slow

Blender 2.42, runs great on my 3 yr old desktop, it’s molasses on my brand new laptop w/1 gig ram and all the fixins.

Is there something I can do to improve this, internally, before I go buying a new video card or something?

Incredibly lacking in information.

beau, with a post count that high, you’d think you’d know where to post. :smiley:

I’m gonna go out on a limb (since you’re looking for graphics help but didn’t specify the video chipset or mobo chipset!) that it’s an on-board ATI.

This is well documented. Any one of ten ways to search would pull up the answer. For instance, this old post will do fine.

But of course this is just a guess, since you didn’t specify anything… specific. :smiley:

Mobo Chipset? What is that, a techno album?

I don’t have a clue what this laptop has under the hood. It’s 3 months old, so it’s a lot newer than the desktop PC I have. More ram, and I would assume, more power all over. And I didn’t have a clue where to begin searching. Display speed? Monitor and laptop?

What would you type into the search field that would return the issue I’m describing?

Also - at least - bear in mind - I’ve been a member of this forum for 6 years, on and off, all that time. 6? 3? i have no clue. Do I have to know the answer to that?

I just wanna make Ludwig dance, that’s all.

Ah. Non-techie, eh? You sure you wouldn’t prefer a Mac? :stuck_out_tongue: Kidding, kidding.

Mobo is just shortspeak for motherboard… if you don’t know what your chipset is, or your video chip is, it’s time to pull out the manual or Google on your make & model #…

Say for example you bought a Fujitsu LifeBook E8210 Core Duo, then the relevant data you’d be trying to find is that your LifeBook had an Mobile Intel 945GM Express chipset, with a ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 video chipset.

Without this data, we can only make blind guesses.

It could be the drivers for your graphics card.

I went and updated the latest version of Catalyst for the Radeon card, and lo and behold, it has improved things. It’s still not as fluid as I’d like it to be, but it’s good enough to continue with my project from home.

It’s a good life when your employer lets you spend your entire day learning about 3D modelling and animation, so you can work on making a video for your own band.

I like to call it “research” but who are we kidding.

Ahah! Hilarious :]

I suggest some Mobo Chipset sounds.

Now BOT, ATI cards can idd be a bit slower.
I can still work with it though, just when you press the B button don’t panic.
It(s probably because of the OpenGL.
Somehow I don’t have this problem with games.

Some software to help find out what is “under the hood”.

Both of these are good utilities to profile your machine if you are running
windows. Hope this helps. :slight_smile:

first things first -

  1. have you tried multiple projects on both machines? maybe the project you are running on the laptop has too many polys or something

  2. is it slow when you are rendering or modeling?

and if you don’t feel like downloading stuff to find out your system specs, and you are running WinXP, just go to control panel > system > and the first tab that pops up should at least show you the amount of RAM and processor(s) and type of machine you have. also, if you right click on your desktop and go to “Properties…” one of the main graphics tab will tell you exactly which graphics card is in there. also make sure when rendering that “threads” is enabled.