How to improve gaming performance of netbooks with Source games on Steam
It is a well-known fact that netbooks suffer from having horrible performance when it comes to gaming, and even with developments such as NVIDIA’s ION graphics chip, gaming performance is still only passable at best. Is there any way to improve netbook gaming performance without giving up on the ultraportable platform altogether to settle for a more powerful full-sized laptop or desktop? Apparently, there is, as far as Steam games are concerned, and it involves getting down and a bit dirty with the program to enter a few commands.
To be able to optimize any netbook for Steam games like Half Life 2, Portal, and Counter-Strike: Source, you need only follow the steps enumerated in the Blogee forum thread that we’ve linked to below. You can do this right now as long as you have Steam installed, as well as a couple of games, of course. But know that this is not 100% guaranteed to allow users to play without causing a great deal of frustration. Still, anyone is free to perform the “mods” necessary for this trick and the worst that could possibly happen is that you’ll have to reinstall your Steam client. Check out the full instructions below.