Solved Overheat? i'm worried

Dell Inspiron 1545
September 5, 2011 at 10:45:52
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 GHz / 4057 MB
Well.....this isn't really a problem, but i thought i should check in on it anyway. I run BOINC software (link:) that utilizes idle processor time to scan radio telescope images for ETI. (extra terrestrial intellegence) I have been running this program on my laptop, and i am worried about my numbers. Running SpeedFan 4.44 in the background, I have watched the CPU temperature climb to about 161 Fahrenheit before the system fan comes on to drop the temperature to below 150, then reaches 130, then the sys fan slows down to about 40%. Will it harm the computer to run it at high temperatures? I have another desktop which easily runs 175 "F while gaming, but i have been confirmed hat is normal for it's processor.

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#1
September 5, 2011 at 18:07:02
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The temperature range (55C-79C) is a little bit high but understandable for the type of work you are doing with it. Normally on a laptop the CPU slows down during idle times and lets the system cool off, but since you are running it nearly full time then warmer temperatures are to be expected. Programs like that would be better run on a desktop where better air flow typically is better. Since the fan is increasing in speed until it is cooling off and then slowing down, I do not see any problem though. If you run in the 80C or above (175F-195F), especially for long periods then you might have long term durability problems with some components and much above that the CPU will shut down anyway. You can try a cooler room with the A/C set lower, that may help.

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#2
September 6, 2011 at 05:17:12
I usually set the default temps in bios for warning and shutdown.

All heat and use will destroy your system. It fails for both hours of use and conditions.

I'd buy a system like the lenovo Q150 or a lower powered unit and let it run all day instead of your system. The amount of energy you are using on this system is killing the earth faster than you will ever find ET. The computer and all the associated stuff may be running 200 watts. Would you leave a three or four common lights on all day all night?

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#3
September 6, 2011 at 09:25:52
Actually, i have a problem which did not need to be addressed till now. To be truthful, the stupid thing wont shut off at all! At least, not without unplugging the battery or letting it go dead. So, i run the BOINC software to make it do something when i'm not using it. (I do have a desktop which i could use for this, but that monster isn't internet connected, and won't be anytime soon. The browser's screwed.) Also, i can set the program to use lower settings of CPU usage, which i do when using the computer, or just pause it completely. BTW, it only uses a combined 135 watts, for the wireless router and all. I don't have an A/C! i just open the windows at night to let the cold air in. (i live in rural area, no TV reception...) And, i run on a budget, and don't even TRY to get me to buy another computer!

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#4
September 6, 2011 at 19:57:17
If the only problem with the desktop is the browser, that can easily be fixed, you can reset the browser, possibly reinstall it (depending on the version of Windows & Browser), or just install a different browser like FireFox. You can download the needed files on your laptop and transfer them over with a flash drive or a blank CDr disk. You can even completely reset your operating system with a factory restore and begin completely clean. If it is significantly older, you can probably resurrect it with a lite installation of a Linux system you can download for free and burn to a blank DVD (if will cost you the blank DVD though).

Yes the excessive heat will stress your system components and will lead to an early retirement and replacement or expensive repairs.

135 Watts is still more than two 60Watt light bulbs going full time... I assume you pay for electricity in KWHrs, 10 hours would be 1.35KWHrs at what rate do you pay? Or 97.2KWHrs per month approximately. In New York City that is $13.60 added to your monthly electric bill. I am sure you can also find online how many pounds of greenhouse gasses that adds.

Just a few things to think about...

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#5
September 7, 2011 at 13:46:24
uhh....i run on a solar system, you know........BTW, the XP disk for the desktop is gone. (it was second-hand from a cousin, no disks came) and my Restore program is screwed.....O_O i forgot! i made a backup disk when i got the computer! it'll take awhile, and i'll lose most of my prefrences and files, but............*worships computer gods* LONG LIVE BACK-UPS!!!!!!!

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#6
September 7, 2011 at 18:17:10
Good luck. And if the XP does not work you can always try Linux for free, it is much closer to Windows than at any other time in history. Ask at the Linux forum for their recommendation for a first timer. I once loaded SUSE on a computer I built with a MB & CPU I purchased cheep on EBay because I was not sure I was going to keep it that way or purchase a better CPU and MB a few months later. I used it for a few months and then completed the build with a new CPU, MB, graphics card, and Windows 7, but I found SUSE to be a lot like XP and every other program I needed was included or a free download.

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