Over heating???

Msi (motherboard) / G41m4
April 19, 2010 at 16:20:19
Specs: Windows XP
I built a computer a few months ago with a quad core intel proccesor. A few weeks ago, my enitre system would just shut down randomly.Upon reboot, I would get an error message-----cpu temp--- press f1 to continue.
I would press f1 to continue and then a few minutes after windows booted it would shut off again. I checked all my fans, and I even went out and got some extra cheap thermal compound hot my heat sync. After I put on more thermal compound the problem went away. Then like two weeks later , it started shutting off again, only now when I reboot it doesnt give me the over-temp error message in bios.

Extra notes..

1. The themal compound I used was rather cheap.

2. My cpu fan wont lock into my mother board completely. (just 2 or 3 out of the 4 pins will actually lock on there. One of them wont come off now for the life of me and I worried about damaging my motherboard.

3. I've built practically this same system 4 times and haven't had this problem.

4. My case fan (its big) my cpu fan, and power supply fan are all connected and workign properly.

If anybody can give me some insight I would gretaly appreciate it .

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April 19, 2010 at 16:23:01
The motherboard is not an msi g4....... like it says in the subject. Its a lower end asus.

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April 19, 2010 at 16:29:08
I assume that you have the HS/F with the push pins. They can be a real pain to install and remove. I prefer the HS/F which screws into a back plate on the motherboard. In any event, see This . Did you thoroughly clean off the old thermal grease before applying new thermal grease ? The old stuff may have hardened up a little. In addition, you have to have all of the screws tightened to the board.

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April 20, 2010 at 04:58:23
"The themal compound I used was rather cheap"

I've been using the cheap stuff from Radio Shack for over 10 years. It used to cost $2 a tube, now it's up to $3. It's not about price, it's about application & proper installation of the heatsink.

For an Intel quad, a thin line of paste should be applied down the center of the CPU but it MUST be oriented correctly. Notice the notches in the CPU:


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