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January 12, 2010 7:39:43 PM

I have a Core2Duo laptop that runs the two cores at 1.5 Ghz. It's unfortunately my only available computer at this time. The older games I like to play are not written to utilize 2 cores, but I would very much like to see this happen somehow. A single 1.5 Ghz cpu just doesn't cut it for Morrowind.

I already tweaked the crap out of my Vista installation and the games in question, so I am really not looking for any more advise there. What I want to know is if there is any way to let 2 cores 'act like one' or 'form óne virtual CPU', or something else along those lines.

While I quite get that software should needs special instructions if it were to handle the CPU's directly, I don't get why you can't have some seperate Windows (or otherwise software) component to effectively multiplexe these cores to serve a single need. Is there anything at all I can do to put the 2nd, idle core to use in an old game that isn't optimized to use multiple cores?

Perhaps it's a moot point, but it feels wasteful and unfair. An upgrade in CPU technology shouldn't be a downgrade for my favourite old software.

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January 12, 2010 8:33:41 PM

Sorry, but chips don't work that way. If the program runs on only 1 core, having any more than 1 won't help. The newest intel chips are trying to dodge this problem by overclocking the single core that is running when the cpu detects its running a thread only designed for a single core.

{edit} actually it might be an OS thing. regardless, windows doesn't support it this way.

You might check somewhere to see if there are some faster replacement cpus for your laptop.
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January 12, 2010 8:54:39 PM

What is the GPU?
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January 13, 2010 8:17:06 AM

festerovic said:
You might check somewhere to see if there are some faster replacement cpus for your laptop.


That is probably the best/only suggestion. Thank you. I know that *if* what I said would have been possible, someone would have made it happen already and I would have had no problem finding it myself. I just had to toss this ball against the wall at least once. Thanks for understanding.
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