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1 SC4 on a laptop on 2013-04-08, 12:05


Copied from my CSGf post.

Since I'm sure most laptops (especially AMD-powered CPU ones, and/or HP-branded ones *grumble*) may crash or overheat on SC4, I thought I'd give some tips.

Use a cooling pad
Not the cheap $5, 3-fan ones that break in 5 minutes, though. Use one that is a notable brand, and/or has more than 1 way of keeping your laptop cool. I'd reccomend the Cooler Master NotePal X2, as it has three features that keep your laptop cool:

  • Huge 140mm fan - more air.
  • Aluminum mesh absorbs heat - this is why MacBooks are made out of aluminum, but in my opinion, do not get a Mac. Razz
  • Small stands to lift your laptop an inch or two, for better circulation.

Use on a desk or other non-heat-trapping surface
I know, I've played SC4 while laying down on my bed before and having it overheat. Using on a wood or metal surface will obviously help as it does not trap the heat given off by your laptop (or at least very little heat).

Add "-CPUCount:1" to your SC4 shortcut
SimCity 4 was created in the ancient times of 2003, when multi-core CPUs were very rare. Adding this to your shortcut link will make SimCity 4 run on a single core, as SC4 does have a hard time running on that dual-core processor of yours!

If all else fails, get a good reviewed laptop
I would reccomend you'd stay away from the common brands (HP, Dell, Acer, etc) as they usually cut corners to make the computers a lot cheaper. Instead, go with a brand that is not as well known (ASUS, Lenovo, etc), they may be a bit more expensive but they are worth it! Also, make sure it has an Intel processor (most notably a "Core i3/i5/i7" processor), as Intel processors as of recent (aka based off a specification with the word "Bridge" in it) have been made more efficient than most AMD processors, so they run faster and a lot cooler. Now, that doesn't mean you should stay away from AMD, sure, the FX processors have been getting a lot better, but IMO, Intel runs a lot more effeciently.

If there is anything I should add, feel free to say so. Smile

2 Re: SC4 on a laptop on 2013-04-08, 12:54


Hides from the paparazzi
Hides from the paparazzi
Nice reference. I think that by far the most important part is setting SC4 to run on only one core, given that SC4 can't seem to handle having two cores to work with. Razz

To me, AMD processors have always run better when it comes to cheaper computers, but Intel has always been more on the cutting edge when it comes to high performance processors. I own a desktop, but it's AMD powered since it's what I could afford. I can say that even on my desktop, the processor likes to overheat, so I had to take off the side to the computer, which solved that problem. Razz

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3 Re: SC4 on a laptop on 2013-04-09, 00:30


SC4 insomniac
SC4 insomniac
LOLOL Nice Reference Razz

TBH, this laptop (An ASUS Netbook) Razz has lasted more than 3 years with the SimCity installed and never had problems with it LOL Razz

Though for overheating solutions, I blow the bananas out of my netbook, which could cause damage to my computer. Razz


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