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computer overheating?

April 24, 2007 at 21:01:15
Specs: Win XP Home, P4 1.6 GHz/512MB

A relative has a computer that started running very slow after they exited a game. I have been all over that computer trying to figure what could be wrong with it and I can't find anything.

I'm wondering if it could be overheating. It's extremely slow but is fine in Safe Mode. If it was overheating, would it be fine in Safe Mode or would it be slow?


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#1
April 25, 2007 at 03:14:43

Pentium processors have inbuilt thermal overload protection. If it were overheating the outcome is a shutdown rather than a slowdown.
It would not make a difference trying to restart in safemode since the CPU thermal protection is independant of the operating system. Have you checked the temperature using any of the downloadable utilities, or just boot into bios and check system health.

Are the system credentials in your heading those of the system you are talking about?

If your problem was thermal it would be evident during the game, not after exiting.

I used to have a signature but it disappeared and I just couldn't be bothered writing another so please feel free to ingore this.


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#2
April 25, 2007 at 05:24:20

Richard has suggested >>> "Have you checked the temperature using any of the downloadable utilities, or just boot into bios and check system health."

there is a great little Motherboard/CPU temp sensor that i've been using for a week now and its called Motherboard Monitor, available for free from here.......

http://www.download.com/Motherboard...

1Mb download, easy install. the digital sensor readings of CPU/M'board temps and CPU Usage sit in your Taskbar on the right and can be viewed at any time with just a glance.

its "cool!" lol


Rob, Central Coast
NSW Australia


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#3
April 25, 2007 at 06:12:19

"Pentium processors have inbuilt thermal overload protection. If it were overheating the outcome is a shutdown rather than a slowdown"

Not exactly correct. 1st comes "throttling", which means the CPU speed will drop off in an attempt to lower the CPU temp....so initially, there would be a slowdown. However, if the temp continues to rise, the CPU will shutdown IF a certain trigger temp is reached.

"It's extremely slow but is fine in Safe Mode"

That's your clue. In Safe Mode, none of the background apps load, so I suspect there's some sort of malware/spware infection, possibly a virus. Boot into "normal" mode, hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up Task Manager & check the CPU Usage...if the percentage is at or close to 100% at idle, try to determine what program is using it. You can run MSCONFIG from the start menu & see what listed under the startup tab, but you should also run a full virus & spyware scan.

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msc...


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#4
April 25, 2007 at 14:59:39

... so much for following up on the original entry

http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.


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#5
April 25, 2007 at 20:48:01

It is not a virus and it is not spyware, I have thoroughly checked it. It is also not a driver conflict. The CPU is running at 4% and System Idle process is at 99.

It took 1 hour just to get the Windows Task Manager to fully show up on the screen.

The computer is new and professionally custom built. I don't know what processor it is. I do know it's got over 1GB RAM and over 100GB hard drive.

The computer is kept in an enclosed desk. When I opened up the desk (where the computer is kept) the heat was just coming out of there. The top of the computer felt HOT, way hotter then my older computer. This computer is left on all the time. The temperature in the house is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The computer worked fine in Safe Mode.

The only other thing I can think would be wrong is some sort of hardware failure, but this is a new computer. Or maybe it's the game that was installed shortly before the slow down. We did plug the computer into a new surge protector earlier that day.


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