The problems you’re having in rigging your model, may be due to the way it’s modelled,.
I’d like to see a view of your “Scene Instance list” for the skeleton model which you’re trying to rig. but,.. it seems to be in several parts.
Of all the figures you could have chosen to work with,.. the skeleton of an animal is probably the hardest model to start with, and a Bad choice for a model to experiment / learn how to a a Rig to.
The skeleton is much more complex than the basic mesh (Skin) of a figure.
Have you tried learning to Rig a simple model, ( a one piece object )
How hard would it be for me a person that hasn’t used this program, to be able to use and rigg bones to my model, it is called 3ds max.
If what you want to do is rig a model, then you can do that in Carrara, Poser or DS,.
You don’t need 3D Max, and although rigging can be simpler when you start by using a max “Biped”,.. the “Physique” system is a PITA to learn and use.
Max is a massive and highly complex program with multiple menu’s and work-flows, and despite it’s great built in help system, it’s not easy, and you should still expect to be learning MAX in ten years time.
On your Laptop (overheating) issues,. I agree with Jimzombie,.. that most of these “Utilities” will show some useful information, and some completely useless information, (unless you know what you should be seeing, and you know what to look at) and unless it’s a utility designed for your specific laptop model,. then it’s probably not worth using.
If you don’t know what settings you should be seeing, or which areas to look at, then you should consider getting someone who does know, to have a look at it.
if your laptop is consistently overheating and causing Blue-screen crashes, then this will effect the processor and it will eventually stop working.
Laptops are less practical when you’re using programs which demand high performance, lot’s of memory, and processing power.
you should consider a desktop box or tower case, since these are easier to maintain (even for the novice), easier to access and replace parts, cheaper to buy, more powerful, and more appropriate for running high performance applications.
Hope it helps