Overheating PC!! Please Please help!

April 1, 2012 at 23:30:45
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+/ 2.00 GB RAM
Guys,
I recently cleaned out my PC. Since then My PC is overheating and causing unusual lag in my games. There are three fans in my PC. Using Speedfan, I found out that only 2 of them are working. ie. Processor fan and the PSU fan. I don't have a fan on my GPU and I never had problems of overheating before. Speedfan shows that only two fans work and the third fan: Chassis fan doesn't work. Please help! I have never overclocked my PC/

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#1
April 2, 2012 at 00:55:08
Open the case and check that all the fans are running, If you took the fans and/or heatsinks off did you apply new thermal paste correctly?

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#2
April 2, 2012 at 05:31:44
Yes, it is time for a visual inspection. Open the case and see what is happening. Post your actual temperatures Speedfan is reporting at idle and under load. You were not specific on how you "I recently cleaned out my PC. Since then...". If you removed the CPU's or other heat sink during the cleaning (definitely not necessary) then you will need to remove all of the old thermal compound and replace it with the correct amount new thermal compound, See:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods...
for details. If a fan is not turning and it is not being blocked, replace it. If there is an obstruction like dust or a wire bundle, deal with it properly.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 2, 2012 at 06:08:55
I have freed the CPU from dust but I didn't remove the processor or the heatsink as you mentioned. The GPU's the one causing me problems as it has a higher temperature as compared to the other parts. I've kept the fans at 100%.
Speedfan temps(Idle):-
GPU : 73-75 C
HD0:- 43C
CPU:- 55C
MB:- 52C
Core:- 34C

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#4
April 2, 2012 at 09:19:26
"I have freed the CPU from dust but I didn't remove the processor or the heatsink"

It's important to use the correct terminology. CPU & processor are the same thing. I'm guessing the "CPU" in your sentence refers to the PC tower/case?

ALL your temps are high. Try another monitoring program such as HWMoniotr to see if they both report the same temps. You should also check the BIOS.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...


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#5
April 2, 2012 at 10:00:32
The temps are same. Both of them show only one fan's working,ie, the CPU-one.

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#6
April 2, 2012 at 10:33:51
How do I make the other fans work??

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#7
April 2, 2012 at 20:31:02
Do an open case visual inspection. of the fan is not turning, follow the wire and make sure it is plugged in. If it is plugged in and the wire looks good (no breaks, bare wires, or pinched between components) but does not work, replace the fan with a new one, they are really inexpensive.
If a new fan does not work (uncommon but possible) then look in the fan's package to see if it comes with an adapter to power it directly off one of your power supply's plugs and use that. It will run at 100% and be noisier but it will work for all except the CPU fan.
If your GPU does not cool down significantly, you may need to either speed up it's fan (software) or try reseating it's heat sink with a clean application of thermal compound (not too much and on clean surfaces) and reassembling it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
April 2, 2012 at 23:46:53
Is it safe to open the side case and start the PC?

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#9
April 3, 2012 at 00:31:55
It's usually safe to run the computer with covers off. When I'm working with the hardware I may leave the cover off for months. Most of the time it should not run hot.

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#10
April 3, 2012 at 20:07:33
As long as you avoid touching most internal parts you can leave the cover off (no cats or small children around). Shut down and unplug before trying connectors or replacing components. It is also important to ground yourself by touching the screw on a wall switch plate or a water faucet to prevent static discharge damage to components (some do this by touching the metal of the computer case before unplugging since it is also grounded at that point).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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