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It takes almost 4 minutes to start a game (Dota2) and another 3 to start a match after accepting a match. this always happens only on my first match. The subsequent matches load relatively quickly, but when i quit the game. My entire system is slowed down for some reason and it stays this way till I restart the computer. My computer configuration is enough to play the game at basic graphics.

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My computer configuration is enough to play the game at basic graphics. What are they? – i08in Apr 18 '14 at 7:30
Its my Sony Vaio laptop.The configuration isIntel core i3-2330M processor 2 GB RAM. Geforce 410M – user247473 Apr 18 '14 at 7:39
Can you run sudo apt-get install htop. Then you can open htop in your terminal just before you open steam. Then look at what process are using your memory and CPU. Is all your memory used? Are you using swap? All that sort of stuff. Also can you recreate the problem with another steam game? – don.joey Apr 18 '14 at 8:03
unfortunately i don't own any other game in steam. No, all the memory is not being used. And by the way what is swap? – user247473 Apr 18 '14 at 8:21

I had the same problem when I installed steam. The game was DreadOut (I wouldn't recommend it) and it used to take a couple of minutes displaying a black screen before the game actually started.

What I have done is install the graphic card manager in order to optimize the gaming settings.

I don't know what graphic card you have but in my case it was an AMD and I have ubuntu 14.04 so I installed Catalyst control center using this video


Optimize my gaming settings and then the problem was over.

I hope this helps,


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This is not an answer to user247473's problem. This is more a comment as you don't know whether he/she has the same video card as you... Please delete your answer and add a comment asking him what kind of GPU he has and also ask about his system RAM. (hunch) – Fabby Nov 28 '14 at 1:20

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