Overheat need radical solution

Abs / Mayhem
September 25, 2009 at 10:47:53
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Turion 2.2 Ghz/ 4Gb

I purchased and am stuck with this piece of crap about a year ago. Since then the laptop has been overheating/crashing and generally underperforming with games and other more extensive media. If I play some 3D games from the last 3-4 years it will overheat and crash, if I watch Hulu and the temperature in the room is slightly warmer...it will crash. Painfully I decided to tolerate this and when possible I switch to Power Save mode ...then computer doesnt crash but performance fail.

Recently I started playing again one of my old favorites Heroes of Might and Magic III, and every now and then it will overheat and crash. I can't take it any more... game from 1997, no 3D and still crash... Not only I cannot play new games with significant lag or crash or watch HD videos...can't even play the classics.

I have decided to repair it or brake it trying... any ideas? - Fan heat sink is clean, I use cooling pad and when I switch to Power Saver mode (lowest power consumption) problem disappears...but performance disappears as well ...videos/games will be choppy.

Any other suggestions?

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September 25, 2009 at 11:08:39
Are you 100% sure it's an overheating problem? What program are you using to monitor temps? What is the CPU temp immediately after a crash?

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September 25, 2009 at 11:25:53
I don't know if it will help, but below are some Laptop cleaning tips:


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September 25, 2009 at 11:40:52
You can try installing OCCT...it *should* be able to report the CPU temp. You can then run the stress test to see how high the temp climbs & at what temp the crash occurs.


Have you ever tested for memory errors?


Have you ever run thru your BIOS settings?

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September 25, 2009 at 12:17:28
I am pretty sure it is related to overheating for several reasons:

1. When I played during the winter with a window directly opened behind it blowing freezing air at it ... it never crashed...otherwise it crashes regularly when I play/watch certain types of media

2. I can hear the fan go to max before it crashes

3. I have used temp watching software...can't remember name... temps go to 70+ C (ACP) dual cores go to 64+C ...they are somewat high-ish otherwise to in idle around high 40's.

At one point I thought it might be the audio card, but cant really support that. It seems that it is not graphics only since Heroes 3 doesn't have too much of graphics ...though crashes there are infrequent ...but fan does go to max often...I guess it is processor related problem ...of maybe heatsink faulty engineering or something...

I have also considered removing the panel covering the heatsink,memory and video card (1/3 of bottom panel) and just keeping the laptop like that ...but most probably that will not be a sustainable solution.

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September 25, 2009 at 12:21:15
Memory test don't find errors .. I also updated from 2 GB to 4 GB (3GB + for 32-bit system)... no improvement in performance or crashes.

Bios doesn't have anything useful (no fan speed/power supply)

Currently I am considering opening the heat sink and seeing if everything there is correctly applied(thermo paste) ...possibly applying my own Arctic Silver 5 ... are there any tricks to boost heat sink (say, applying thermal paste in places other than the usual between cores and heatsink)

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September 25, 2009 at 15:23:13
Apparently you don't wanna try OCCT? That's how you'll find out....

"I have used temp watching software...can't remember name... temps go to 70+ C (ACP) dual cores go to 64+C ...they are somewat high-ish otherwise to in idle around high 40's"

If those readings are correct, your CPU's not overheating. Search elsewhere for your problem.

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