Half-Life: Alyx – Quick Tip for Low Performance Laptops

If you’re using a gaming notebook that has a “Nitro” or “Turbo” feature, and your game is stuttering when you try playing it, i have a small tip that may save you some hours of headaches.

Low Performance Notebook Fix

Note: Credit goes to gumball


If you’re on a Alienware like mine, go to the Alienware Command Center app, and set “Fan Speed” to “Full Speed” (something i recommend you enable everytime you enter VR).

And for me the fix for the stuttering in game was to, enter the main menu, wait a few seconds for it to load, then press FN + F1 “Twice”.

Note: FN + F1 is my notebook’s Turbo mode keybind. Yours may be different.

Additional Tips

I also higly recommend you close all other unecessary applications, i made a small .bat file that closes everything for me quickly.

Another small thing that may help, is focusing either on the Game window, the SteamVR window, or going for the desktop with everything minimized. Depends on each game, but this has weirdly improved the performance for so many, so might aswell mention it.

Jan Bonkoski
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Jan Bakowski aka Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. His love of gaming began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) back in 1998. He’s been making game guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job. In his free time, he plays on Steam Deck.

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