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How to revive nearly dead laptops

I have had a rough experience with my laptop for a while. A dead GPU, a CPU that decided to stop Turbo boosting and paging issues… I used these steps to make it barely work so it can fulfill my needs, and this may help you revive nearly dead laptops in general:

1- Flash your BIOS!

This will most likely solve any software related bugs on your PC. In my case, my BIOS decided to recognize my 3317U as a single-core, single-threaded CPU. So I flashed my BIOS and everything recovered. You will find the newest BIOS for your laptop on the manufacturer’s site under the “Drivers” section. You have to know the exact model name of your computer, and in order to do that, you can run DXDiag.exe by typing “DXDiag” into your search bar and it should give you something that looks like this (Be sure to fully type “DXDiag”) :

And that should be your laptop’s model name

DXDiag

 

Now go to the manufacturer’s website, DELL in my case and look for your laptop’s drivers and look for a BIOS section like this:

BIOS

After you download it, run the executable file and it will guide you through the installation process, it’ll restart, flash the BIOS then boot into your desktop. DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER

2. Download ThrottleStop

If your CPU is throttling, not reaching its max Turbo Boost or plain not Turbo Boosting you can force it or at least enable it to go into Turbo Boost by using this software (Download it from here)

It will look like such when you first download it:

ThrottleStop
Now let’s customize it. And for the best results copy these options (And don’t forget to click “Turn On” first!)

TSCustomized
Push the multiplier to its max and check the “Set Multiplier” box

3. PHDGD (Specialized driverset)

PHDGD is a community-made set of drivers tailored toward squeezing every single drop of performance out of Integrated GPUs. That being said, it’s an unofficial driver and you have to disable certain security measures in Windows in order to install it.¬†

 

4.SetFSB

DISCLAIMER: This is a VERY aggressive software and it let’s you control the FrontSideBus on your CPU, which doesn’t only affect it but your RAM and your PCI-e slots power draw. Use at your own risk (Although your PC will most likely crash and reboot safely with default settings if you overclock the FSB too much

You can download the software from here. Because it directly modifies hardware not designed for overclocking, your browser may prompt you with a warning screen that says “This page contains harmful software” just continue and download it (And be careful)

This is used as a last, desperate step if nothing had worked.

I hope you found this guide useful. And if your hardware supports overclocking like HK CPUs from Intel or you have a big chunky gaming laptop that decided to die you can overclock your CPU in the BIOS and GPU using MSI AfterBurner.

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