My computer's on/off fan is driving me mad; and I don't need the power. How can I limit the available processor power so that I can run it silently?
I have a quite elderly Sony laptop, a PCG Z600RE, which I'm using for my weather page
- it connects to my weather station and uploads history data directly to my website.
However, the (awful) weather station software uses 100% of the CPU when it's communicating with the weather station; which it does every fifteen seconds. As a result, the fan turns itself on every fifteen seconds. Which is really annoying, since the weather station, and attendant laptop, is in my sitting room.
It runs an Intel stepping processor, and Windows 2000, but it refuses to let me enable the Intel tab in the Power section of the Control Panel. (The machine came with Windows ME, I think, and I guess the BIOS is too old to cope.) The BIOS doesn't enable any processor-speed things, so that's no good either. And no, I've tried updating the BIOS, but that simply doesn't want to work.
Ideally, I want a program that pretends it's taking 50% of the processor power (but doesn't actually do anything), so that my software will only run at 50% of its full speed, which therefore will not trigger the fan. That's the plan, anyway.
Does anyone know of such a thing? Or any other tips or tricks I can try?