Overheating of CPU.

May 15, 2011 at 21:10:46
Specs: Windows XP
My CPU is overheating. I have a fan that is running properly, I think.
I noticed there is not much paste between the CPU and the heat sink. Does it matter?
What can I do?
It is a new system I have'nt installed the operating system yet. Cant get pass the set-up in Cmos.
The unit keep shutting down after 3min more or less.

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May 15, 2011 at 21:52:44
reseat the cpu, clean off the old paste and put on some new, then reseat the cooler and fan, make sure the fan is running in the right direction. hit the del key, go into bios and check the system temps, it may be something else thats overheating.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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May 16, 2011 at 04:58:13
"My CPU is overheating"

Which CPU do you have? How about posting the temp reading?

"I noticed there is not much paste between the CPU and the heat sink"

How do you know that? If you took the heatsink off to have a look, you "ruined" the paste. That means the top of the CPU & bottom of the heatsink need to be thoroughly cleaned of all traces of the old paste, new paste applied, then the heatsink reinstalled. And the paste MUST be applied correctly. I can't tell you which method to use because you didn't bother to post your system specs, so find the instructions using the following link:


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