Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Computer Mumbo-Jumbo

Ever since Halloween, I've been on a World of Warcraft... dry spell. That's right, not a binge--a dry spell. Halloween fun over in Hanford. The election. Ski-season anticipation. I'm not sure what it is, but when I sit down in front of my computer, I'd rather check the weather channel or play Minesweeper than play WoW. The big expansion is coming out on Thursday, and I'm sure I'll get back into the game shortly, but I'm enjoying my 4th hiatus from the game while it lasts.

I still spend quite a bit of time in front of the computer, including the new C&C3 game and even installing my old Madden 06' football game. I've got football fever in addition to my ski fever, and going up to Marc's house to play Madden 08' every two weeks just isn't enough. I started up an 06' franchise playing as the G-Men, and I'm loving the potent defense mixed with the power run game.

Madden was running fine yesterday and the day before, but for some reason when I went to play the game today, the game moved at lightning speed. I'd hike the ball and before I knew it the play would be over and the clock would be ticking down faster than I could call a play. I looked online to see if anyone else was having this problem and came across a very helpful forum where a guy said the problem lies in my Intel Core Duo processor.

With Windows XP and an Intel Core Duo processor, the fix is amazingly simple. You can set Windows to use only one of its processors on specific executable files you are running. I simply told one of my processors not to help run the Madden game, but it could still help run iTunes and my browser.

If you alt-ctrl-del to bring up the Task Manager, find the process that is running and right-click it. Set the Affinity to just one of your processors, and you are set! I'm not sure what other uses this could be helpful for, but I guess if you want to try running the old Oregon Trail game on your new computer and have any shot at shooting a buffalo, you'll probably want to shut off one (or both) of your processors for the game.



Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

I you are running a huge financial optimization at work and do not want the entire computer to halt this is useful also.

8:23 AM  

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