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Is this laptop done for?

#1JeebajeebPosted 8/16/2013 4:40:00 PM
Hey so I got Sims 3 for my daughter, installed it on my laptop and let her play it. She comes to me later on saying that the laptop is 'too hot' so I come over and sure enough it was like an oven, and I checked the frames, it was getting something ridiculous like 3500+ FPS. It shut off promptly and the laptop is still really hot, what should I do? Not sure if trying to turn it on will make things worse, but at the same time I'm not sure it works yet either.
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#2LyokoNinjaPosted 8/16/2013 5:25:09 PM
It's almost certainly fine. The laptop probably just isn't limiting the refresh rate to whatever FPS the screen can display, so it's calculating (for lack of a better word) the most FPS it can. See if you can find a settings file where you installed The Sims 3. If it's in plain text, poke around until you can see something about refresh rate or limiting the frames per second. I don't have the game, so these are the best instructions I can give. I don't recommend running the game until you've limited the FPS to 60 or whatever so it doesn't heat up like that again, though.
#3GlitchwerksPosted 8/16/2013 5:32:02 PM
I guess I'll state the obvious.

How was she using the laptop? On a flat surface like a table or in her lap?

A laptop playing a game will generate a lot of heat, especially if the laptop has a dedicated graphics card. The vents on the bottom will need to be unobstructed. She may not know that.