Laptop gets hot when processor/gpu are taxed

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asked Jun 8, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
I have a laptop that gets really hot when we play WoW on it, like in excess of 200F. I was wondering is there a way to force a processor or GPU to not run as well as possible, maybe to run WoW as if the computer was a slightly crappier computer? I am theorizing maybe the machine would be cooler.

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answered Jun 8, 2011 by Fedge (176 points)
If you are running Vista, go into the power options and go into the advanced settings for your currently selected power plan. There's an option for processor throttling. My machine overheats completely if I run it at 100% and it reboots or freezes.
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answered Jun 8, 2011 by Fedge (176 points)
I'm not an expert on WOW but check the settings there too. If you can turn down the graphics intensity in one of the menus it'll probably run smoother on your "new" slower processor.
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answered Jun 8, 2011 by Illusion Slayer (736 points)
<rage>
WHY DO YOU MEASURE YOUR COMPUTER TEMPERATURE IN FAHRENHEIT??
</rage>

Turn down the settings in WoW or underclock your parts. Use Vtune for the processor and RivaTuner for the GPU.
commented Jun 8, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
Because I am crappy at math and failed the metric conversion part of my science class in 1978.
commented Jun 8, 2011 by Illusion Slayer (736 points)
And pretty much every temperature monitoring program has Celsius either as default or readily available.
commented Jun 8, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
Oh ok. I will ammend my post to not contain Farenheit. How does 366 kelvin sound to you?
commented Jun 8, 2011 by Illusion Slayer (736 points)
Better, smart-ass.
commented Jun 9, 2011 by Illusion Slayer (736 points)
I do like the fact that you focused more on the criticism than the help though.
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answered Jun 8, 2011 by Valithor (1,640 points)
Try setting your applications to CPU0 only using your Affinity settings in Task Manager. That always helps me.
commented Jun 9, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
The task manager won't do this permanently (you have to repeat it every time you run the app) but there's apparently a process affinity setting in the config.wtf in WoW, where you can define exactly how many cores are available to WoW.
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answered Jun 8, 2011 by HerpDerp (2,116 points)
You might want to get a cooling pad or find something to turn up the fan speed if you don't want to bring down any settings.
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answered Jun 8, 2011 by chrisa693 (1 point)
Check the setting in the game and change the graphics to low. Other then that you can do the following:

 1. You can take out the battery if know your power won't go out. This cools it off quite well if it's the battery causing the heat.
 2.You can get a cooling mat from your local store, or put a box fan under your laptop.
 3. Clean your fans. Dust can cause the fan to actually slow down causing more heat...and even more problems.
 4. Change you Windows theme. For example I'm running window 7 switch to classic mode. Right click on computer properties -> Advance System Settings -> Advanced -> settings -> Adjust to best performance

If those don't work...your fan might be starting to burn out.
commented Jun 9, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
It's an almost new computer, it's always had this issue. It only does it in WoW, so it's not related to how much Windows 7 taxes the graphics.

I think I have to convince my wife if she wants her laptop cooler, she has to tone down the eye candy.
commented Jun 9, 2011 by Illusion Slayer (736 points)
Windows alone might not do it but it certainly contributes to the problem.
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