I am rendering an animation in Blender that should take about two days. I am using the CPU to render it because Blender does not support my GPU. After one day non-stop of rendering I have noticed that my iMac (2013 edition, intel core i5 CPU) was getting hot (about 85 degrees) and I do not want it to get harmed. Unfortunately I have chosen to render the whole animation to a video sequence directly and not to a set of images, so I cannot allow myself to stop the whole process. So is there any way to pause or reduce Blender's activity so that my computer can cool itself before restarting?

I have already tried the commands renice and killall -s STOP but with no result.

  • $\begingroup$ Nevermind, I found out a pretty efficient way. kill -s STOP BLENDER_PID did the job greatly ! $\endgroup$ – Valentin Mercier May 29 '14 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ related blender.stackexchange.com/questions/582/… $\endgroup$ – user1853 May 29 '14 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ You really should have sufficient cooling in your system, if its only a year old take it back to where you got it from. A system should be able to use all resources without getting damaged. $\endgroup$ – ideasman42 May 29 '14 at 16:38

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