WoW Framerate Problems.
Greetings all, I'm SkySong, and I come seeking guidance.
I play WoW. I play a lot of WoW. But I'm having difficulty with my framerate, which seems to vary depending solely on how my computer is feeling about me day to day, but typically runs in the 4-8 range (even when feeling friendly). This has prevented me from doing a number of things as I reach higher levels - such as maybe joining a guild or attempting that PVP thing - because I'll often find myself lagging two to four seconds behind everyone else. This also makes traveling, anywhere take twice as long as it needs to be. I run WoW off a laptop (with the aid of an external harddrive), but this has never posed a problem for me in the past and I do not believe it is the problem now. This has been occurring long before the new patch, and I don't have any UI's installed.
I've tried numerous things. I have defraged. I have closed all but the most vital background programs. I've run all sorts of system cleans and removed a lot of old programs I didn't realize I still had and long ago ceased using. I do not want to reformat (though I probably should anyway) because everything else works just fine.
I'm hoping there is something I have overlooked or simply not been able to find in my own research on the topic, and any adivce would be welcome.