your PC runs too hot;
your PC is overloaded with programs;
you’re running multiple copies of DAOC on one machine and want better performance in the foreground window.
Like many old games, DAOC is programmed to use as many CPU cycles as possible. If no other programs get in the way, it grabs 100% of one core and about 45% of another.
The creators of DAOC designed it this way to get the highest possible frame rates on the puny computers of 2001, but this behavior is not always a good thing. DAOC’s cycle-grabbing greed can make laptops overheat and can reduce performance when you’re trying to run multiple copies of the game.
So if you want to ease the load on your CPU, go to Mojo’s main menu, click Settings, and select “Limit DAOC’s CPU use.” This window will pop up.
When the sliders are all the way left, DAOC runs normally. As you slide them right:
fewer CPU cycles get used;
DAOC’s frame rate drops;
your CPU runs cooler;
your electric bill gets lower.
Okay, the last one’s an exaggeration.
You can move the sliders while DAOC is running and see the effect instantly.
The upper slider controls CPU usage while DAOC is in the foreground. The lower one controls usage when DAOC’s in the background.
You might want to open Mojo’s FPS meter while you adjust the sliders so you can measure the effect. To do that, right click the M-button.
This page was first published on January 18, 2021, last revised on January 21, 2021, and last republished on February 1, 2021.