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12/16/2012 3:43:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I have a Mac (I can check the model if need be) and when I play empire total war for a long period of time it crashes and the upper part of the computer is really warm. I think it is overheating. Is there a way I can prevent this?
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12/16/2012 3:56:11 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Dust your fans. Then go into BIOS... Oh wait, it's a Mac.

Just try dusting with canned air first.
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12/16/2012 4:06:50 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/16/2012 3:56:11 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Dust your fans. Then go into BIOS... Oh wait, it's a Mac.

Just try dusting with canned air first.

I did that. With a fan on in the room it lasts a little longer.
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12/16/2012 4:09:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Pour water on it.

Try this. http://www.macupdate.com...
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12/16/2012 4:09:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Play a decent game?...
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12/16/2012 4:10:22 PM
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At 12/16/2012 4:09:43 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
Play a decent game?...

It's a great game.
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12/16/2012 4:11:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/16/2012 4:09:29 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Pour water on it.

Lol


Try this. http://www.macupdate.com...

Okay
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12/16/2012 4:13:55 PM
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At 12/16/2012 4:10:22 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 12/16/2012 4:09:43 PM, RationalMadman wrote:
Play a decent game?...

It's a great game.

I'm not into strategy, but it is pretty fun.
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12/16/2012 6:10:55 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
IDK about a Mac, but try opening it and dusting the fans. IDK if it will void the warranty(Apple is very strict about opening cases).

Napoleon Total War is better, Empire has too many bugs. Sometimes when I board another ship the people jump through the other ship and some start walking in the sky.
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12/16/2012 6:16:01 PM
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First advice from me is to NOT play any games on Mac OS. Install Windows if you can -- Your games will run a lot better. There's a bigger chance of it overheating in Windows from my experience, but you get better gaming experience anyway.

I have the same issue as you, hence I try to get a powerful self-built gamer desktop that I will upgrade over time. The best thing you can do is limit the game to 30 fps, maybe less - and definitely put settings on low-medium. You can limit the fps through the in-game video settings or maybe some script code -- not hard to find through Google for whatever game you're playing.
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12/16/2012 6:18:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/16/2012 4:06:50 PM, 16kadams wrote:
I did that. With a fan on in the room it lasts a little longer.
Unless the fan is blowing directly on your computer, chances are it will heat your room MORE. So avoid it. (Unless you open the window and let the air be spread easier.)
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12/16/2012 6:34:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Ya do macs even run fans? My old laptop had 2 fans and still heated up like no other.
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12/16/2012 7:41:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I had this problem about a month or so ago, except I wasn't even trying to play games; I just wanted to do work and surf the web. It's definitely something that you need to get fixed NOW. Use a can of compressed air in the fan vent to make the fan spin backwards. I tried that, and it didn't work at first, but a friend spent two hours taking apart the whole computer for me and cleaning it out with the compressed air, and now it works really well. I recommend having someone open it if it doesn't work. Keep in mind that intensive processes like games generate a lot of heat, so you should expect your computer to go through thermal shutdown or at least hibernate if you've been playing for a while.

I have a cooling pad, and I also open the window if it gets really hot. In fact, it might be worth it to open the window and use a cooling pad or a fan while you are playing.
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12/17/2012 1:40:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It works now. I did the air and turned the brightness to low. If it starts up again Ill go to the store and get them to help.

Thanks guys.
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12/17/2012 2:06:28 PM
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At 12/17/2012 1:50:53 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
Stop using Macs for gaming.

I'm getting a PC eventually for gaming.
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12/17/2012 2:27:59 PM
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I've bad things about Empire...
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12/17/2012 5:37:13 PM
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At 12/17/2012 2:06:28 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 12/17/2012 1:50:53 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
Stop using Macs for gaming.

I'm getting a PC eventually for gaming.

Why don't you install Windows on your Mac?
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12/18/2012 1:45:41 PM
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At 12/17/2012 5:37:13 PM, 1dustpelt wrote:
At 12/17/2012 2:06:28 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 12/17/2012 1:50:53 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
Stop using Macs for gaming.

I'm getting a PC eventually for gaming.

Why don't you install Windows on your Mac?

I have, the other mac that had it broke (it was fairly old, though). And I dont think this computer would be a good choice. I am going to get a real Windows computer with better specs.
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12/18/2012 1:46:27 PM
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At 12/17/2012 2:27:59 PM, MouthWash wrote:
I've bad things about Empire...

I have or I have heard?

The newest versions have had most of the bugs taken out from the original versions.
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12/18/2012 1:51:14 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
You can get fans specifically to put under the laptop. My friend has a macbook pro that overheats a lot and it works well for him. Just make sure you do your research on good ones if you decide to go that route. There is a lot of crap for sale out there....

I cleaned mine out very thoroughly recently when upgrading the RAM... You'd be surprised how much dust and pet hair and what have you gets in there. Also, playing on windows won't necessarily make it run any better. I game on windows on my mac and it acts about the same but I don't have overheating issues in the first place. I say this because it is kind of a hassle to set up bootcamp and windows and not necessarily worth it if you can play the games you enjoy on the mac os.
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12/30/2012 6:36:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Try undervolting your mac. it dropped my alienware laptop temps by 20 degrees.
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