Dell Inspiron 1525 Overheating Issues

July 7, 2009 at 06:17:05
Specs: Windows Vista, T1500 1.86GHz

My laptop isn't even 6 months old yet and already I'm encountering problems with it.

The problem is it keeps overheating and shutting down on it's own. It isn't dirt related, as I keep it very clean and blow dust out a lot if it should gather and I'm not the type who downloads all kinds of crap. I like a clean hard drive. I use it mostly for writing (Work-related) and art (Also work-related), so you can only imagine the frustration I experience when it shuts itself down after 5 hours work.

I've tried putting it on various surfaces, the best being a wooden surface so far, but it still shuts down. I've tried contacting PC World (Where I purchased it), but alas. No result.

Does anyone have any idea what I can do, besides sitting in a giant freezer?


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#1
July 7, 2009 at 06:34:23

Have you tried a laptop cooler? Sits underneath with low voltage fans for cooling. 5hrs ? I take it your plugged into the psu a lot? Laptops are usually in full power mode when plugged in. Try a good cooler or if working on a solid surface try a docking station (they usually hold the laptop up off the surface a little. Example try putting a 1 inch high object under the back end.

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#2
July 7, 2009 at 07:58:06

I've not tried one, no.

I tend to alternate between power cable and battery. So, for a while I'll be on battery power until it needs charging again.

Also, I've tried propping it up, but it still does it. It's been getting so hot it's been literally burning me.


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#3
July 7, 2009 at 09:00:34

You may have to take it into a shop and have them check the fans. I think you'll find this system has 2 fans for the cpu. 1 on the cpu (pusher) 1 near the exhaust (puller). If 1 of these fails you will still have airflow but not enough to cool the cpu. I've seen this in some older laptops.

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#4
July 7, 2009 at 10:02:58

I got an accessory kit when I purchased my Inspiron recently. Located here: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/... of course, you might not want pink. :) There are other cooling stands and pads available for your particular laptop model. Just look around Dell's site.

LIR


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#5
July 7, 2009 at 11:05:52

I don't know jennifer I think the pink one is sort of cute... ;). What! No polka dots? But its a good cooler.

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#6
July 7, 2009 at 11:24:45

Axel. You may also have to remove the kb to get access to the cpu area. Looking at the mb layout even useing canned air in the fan ports you can't blow out the cpu heatsink. to do that you need to remove the kb. This is a big enough issue dell has a how to listed on their support site.

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#7
July 8, 2009 at 02:52:01

Thank you to everyone who has replied. I shall give the tips a try. If I have no luck, I'm sure I'll be back. Heh.

~ Miss Axel Alloy


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#8
July 26, 2009 at 14:54:30

This is ridiculous as dell are heavily promoting these laptops in the uk. This overheating keeps happening with my laptop and i did a yahoo search and found this discussion. If you look at wikipedia under dell inspiron you will find more info on the overheating issue. Im tempted to try to complain and get my money back
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_I...

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#9
July 26, 2009 at 15:55:33

How old is it? Did you contact dell?

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#10
August 22, 2009 at 13:07:23

1) There is a wikipedia entry about a class action lawsuit against Dell - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_I... "In 2003, Dell released several lines of Inspiron notebooks which had cooling problems, causing them to overheat and damage the video card and motherboard, or to shut down automatically. Overheating in Inspiron systems is mainly caused by performance-consuming tasks and software. This problem was determined to be due to the design of the air-flow from the bottom of the system. Affected models include the Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 1525, 5100, 5150 and 6400. For more information on the 5100/5150 models in particular, see the following two links: Dell Inspiron 5100 Overheating Problem and Inspiron 5100 shuts down automatically."
Dell has acknowledged this problem and designed a new fan with a better heatsink and heatpipes to provide better cooling with less noise. Any repairs made at this point will include the redesigned parts.

The overheating problems on the Inspiron 5150 model was due to the position of the fan and fan-vent and the way in which it vents air through the CPU's heatsink.[citation needed] The fan draws air from underneath the unit and vents it through the rear after passing over the heatsink. However, the unit also sucks up dust from underneath it. Over time a buildup of dust constricts the airflow through the unit, reducing cooling. The airflow is perceptibly diminished. ...To remedy this the unit must be disassembled, the dust removed, and fan operation checked. This problem not uncommonly results in a CPU temperature-increase of between 15-20°C over an normally functioning unit. Further temperature increases may damage the casing of the unit. Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Inspiron#Overheating>
2) Instructions are now provided by Dell on how to clean out the CPU heatsink - http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
3) Great Youtube video as well - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh_6...
4) Bottom line seems to be to clean the dust

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