Heatsink acts oddly on startup

June 11, 2009 at 19:46:21
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, 2 GHz / 1918 MB
The heatsink on our machine tends to "rev up" several times while starting up normally, and more recently when we've tried to apply updates that require restarting, jumps to high speed before the GUI completes loading and runs long enough to apparently trigger a circuit breaker and shut down the machine.
The only other time it's ever done the latter was last summer, when it got pretty dang hot and humid around here, and the breaker was being tripped by operations requiring a lot of processing (mostly audio conversions); I remedied this by changing the processor power management settings and cutting back on some multi-tasking situations.
This most recent occurrence, tho, is more disconcerting because most of the updates are OS-related, and while I understand the need to protect our system from problems, I'd tend to think this problem needs to be addressed first. Is there a way to cut down on the heatsink's behaviour by changing BIOS settings, or am I going to have to eventually get another heatsink?

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June 11, 2009 at 20:06:53
Heatsinks are finned blocks of metal...your cooling fan is what's 'reving up'. The most likely reason is the CPU is running hot. When's the last time you blew the dust out of the case? Check your temp readings in the BIOS.

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