I would definitely try a wipe and win 7, but just out of curiosity did your friend have this computer overclocked before you got it?
Edited, Oct 16th 2010 3:05pm by hungerforce
No, not at all. He never messed with any of the power settings, or overclocking at all, kept everything at stock levels. Increasing the voltage was the first it had been changed whatsoever. So, yeah, was 2.4ghz standard.
I know it CAN be overclocked, but that's not something I have the knowledge level to handle on my own, I think, and would probably end up frying the thing instead of getting any kind of desired results. :P Probably best to stay away from it.
The CPU should be good enough to play ff14 on, at least as far as I am concerned.
One core is working more than the other. 7-10 degrees is a bit of a difference, but nothing to be worried about. If a specific program isn't set to properly utilize both cores it can dump the majority of the workload onto one core, causing the temperature difference you noticed.
That's what was odd to me, really. It was showing a temperature difference like that even while just idling in windows. WinXP is pretty old, though, so... ****, I don't know. It wouldn't even fully recognize the 200 gig HDD without extra steps (only saw up to 127 gigs, I think?), so nothing would really surprise me, I guess.
Just, whatever that problem is, I really hope it goes away with an upgrade. It happened every single time without failure... if I left the game running, anywhere between 1 minute and and hour and a half or so, CPU load would jump to 100% steady, and performance would just absolutely tank. Sometimes to the point where the game was completely unplayable because it couldn't be controlled.
Oddly enough, in some instances, the game would still be running smoothly graphically... but my camera movements were waaay messed up, or my actual movement was lagged and wouldn't start/stop correctly, or menus wouldn't come up or work right, or the chat log was scrolling about one pixel at a time with text WAY lagged or unable to be entered....
And always, always, the game would not exit properly. I would /logout, then when I would hit quit, it would go to a black screen and just sit. I would always have to crash it out in order to close it.
Anyway, I hope it's related to windows XP. My only question would be... why has no one else experienced it when using that OS? Friend thinks it could be some sorta 'perfect storm' situation where the problem is a combo of that motherboard, that OS, that specific CPU, etc. Who knows.
The OS is the last major change since he played on it without problems, so here's hoping. The only reason I chose winXP in the first place was because ff14 only required 1.5 gigs of ram, rather than 2 with windows7. Figured, since the machine only has 2 gigs... Guess that was a bad decision. Edited, Oct 16th 2010 8:38pm by AmanoJ