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  1. @kerbiloid, the sound of the coolers roaring means that they are working. You can get applications to show you CPU/GPU temperatures if you aren't sure.
  2. Hi @Dopester, welcome to the forum, just a shame that it was a serious issue with the game the brought you here! I've seen that error on my machine once or twice, but I think it was related to low memory. What are your system specs, please, and are you running a 64 bit operating system or 32 bit?
  3. For sure it would be possible for software to deliberately limit performance. In fact, KSP offers this
  4. Not at all, to be able to directly hit the hardware is extremely good and difficult programming, if it is even possible to do these days, and would also require the user to disable antivirus software and protections that all modern systems have built in. No software can ignore hardware limits - software cannot make a 3 GHz CPU run at 4 GHz (unless we're talking about overclocking, which would be a deliberate and seperate action done by the user with a dedicated program, the game can't do that). Software can only use up to the maximum power you have available for it. To claim otherwise would be the same as saying that you can make a 500 GB hard drive into a 1TB one through software, which is quite clearly not possible.
  5. Well, let's think about that. If your CPU is rated at 3 GHz and you're playing a game that wants to run at 60 FPS but your hardware isn't powerful enough to do that, what speed will your CPU run at?
  6. I have personal experience with this. I used to have a Dell XPS M2010, an absolute brute of a "laptop" with a 20" screen and I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, these devices were known to destroy their GPU because of insufficient cooling. I had no trouble until I played Minecraft, which of course required a relatively high amount of GPU and CPU power. More power means more heat, and my GPU died. I replaced it, and even that one died while playing Minecraft. I baked both GPUs in the oven (carefully) and got them working again, both later died again while playing Minecraft. Now, where was the problem? Was it Minecraft? Of course not - the hardware was there to use, why should Minecraft not use it to increase performance? The problem was the poor design of the cooling system over the GPU. Can a game kill a GPU? No. A game can use a GPU, which might die if it isn't sufficiently cooled, which is a hardware design issue. That's the point - you can't. Software is only able to utilise the power that the hardware allows it to use, unless we're talking about some hardware-hacking exploit, which might be a different story. A real life example of this is the original Nissan Leaf. Their batteries are known to degrade in hot climates because they don't have adequate cooling. This is Nisan's fault, it is a hardware issue.
  7. Split to new thread. Great to get this out there and clear up some common misconceptions. But, as always, keep it polite and don't make it personal. @Boyster, what you are talking about is a piece of software being resource intensive. That is completely normal and that in itself does not cause any harm. Any damage that actually happens is caused by the hardware and the systems that control it failing to reduce temperature as they should do. This cannot be blamed on the software you are running. If part of the machine gets too hot, your system should increase the speed of the cooling fan. If that doesn't help enough, the system should reduce the GPU or CPU clock speed. If even that doesn't work, the device was either extremely badly designed or the vents and innards of your machine are clogged with dust. Note that none of the above are the fault of the software you are running.
  8. This is actually a really good discussion, and by the way, @steve_vis right - computers have built-in systems designed to measure the heat of various components, adjust fan speeds and to even throttle CPU/GPU if needed, all to keep things running at a safe temperature. If KSP or any other software requires a lot of system resources and the system allows it to have everything it wants, resulting in something overheating and breaking, it is because these systems that are supposed to protect your machine are not working properly. A comparison could be using a hammer: If you hit a nail and the head of the hammer breaks off and lodges itself in your eye, it's not because the wood is too hard or because the nail is too big, and it's not because your eye is too soft - it's becsuse there was a weakness in the shaft. Something wrong with the hammer. As I said, this is a great discussion, if anyone would like to continue it, I'll be happy to split this off into its own thread to avoid derailing the release thread. Just let me know.
  9. Silly teachers don't even know the alphabet. Here are some of the missing letters for you.