Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:20 PM
I have a HP Pavillion a1410n refurb. Athlon 64 2.4 GHz. At least a gig of ram memory. WinXP professional.
I installed a couple of old PC games on my HP. One is Heroes of Might and Magic 3. The other is Zeus: Master of Olympus. These are old-school, resource lite games from the Win95 era of gaming. When installed on my previous PCs (all Intel based), they played fine without a hitch.
When playing them on my HP Refurb, however, after a few minutes (if not immediately) one of my fans kick in and starts roaring away. You know how where you're pulling a really major download or playing an online game, and suddenly your CPU usage goes up to nearly 100% and a big fan noise starts blaring? That's what my HP sounds like when I'm playing these games. Yet the computer itself isn't freezing up or becoming unstable (not yet), nor is the machine overheating. So what's happening? My older, slower, computers never did it, and they had less RAM.
Further info: the fan only kicks in with these specific apps. Not after I first boot up, not if I leave the computer idle or run other programs. BTW, I never use this particular PC for internet, but just to be safe, I ran Malwarebytes and AVG anyway... all clear, no malware.
Could the combination of a non-Intel PC and older games written for the Intel chip be causing this? And can I safely ignore this problem, or will letting the PC roar full blast cause wear and tear?