I can run mass effect, dragon age, crysis, stalker, bioshock and tons of other games fine. But when I ever I play minecraft for a significant amount of time, it causes my computer to over heat, whether or not I'm running a server. I'm getting sick of setting my laptop on top of books to keep it cool, any ideas for some way to fix this? As I said, it only happens when I'm playing minecraft.
Well, the overheating may be becouse minecraft is cpu and proccesor intensive, and performance fan vary wildly from cpu to cpu, and graphics card to graphics card. All I can say is to find a fan utilty ( PSU maybe?) and use it.
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You can buy, or even make a laptop stand with built on fans to help cool it. Try a search for laptop cooling stand, seen them for around £20-25 here in th UK. A handbuilt one I've seen was a sheet of plexiglass with one edge bent to 90 degrees to form a slanted stand, with extra holes drilled into it to let the air through where the laptop venting was, then a standard PC case fan screwed to it underneath over the holes and the wires soldered (correctly) into a USB plug which you plugged into the laptop.
Press escape, go to options, make sure limit framerate is ON.
This is sooooo important, especially when running lower end games on higher end rigs.
It won't happen with all games and all hardware, but sometimes if you run an old game on a fast new computer the graphics card may go totally nuts and try to render a ridiculously high amount of framerates per second (like 200+ fps) and this can actually end up putting more strain on the graphics card than running a brandnew high-end game at just 40-60 fps would!
"Limit framerate / sync to refresh / vsync" is best turned on in these cases, as they'll all limit the framerates to either a set value or to your monitor's refresh rate (usually 60). If there's no ingame setting available for it in the game you're playing and assuming you have an ati/nvidia graphics card, then you can usually go into the settings panel for your graphics card (catalyst control center for ati and nvidia control panel for nvidia) and tell it to "force Vsync on" in that particular game.
Limit framerate was one of the first things I turned on as well in Minecraft as my graphics card fan was making a lot more noise than it should in a game like this. xD