Solved PC is broken

April 24, 2011 at 21:11:16
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 2 cores
My PC is broken, when i turn on my PC it works fine and after a couple of hours it automatically gets shut down, so i have to let it rest for hours so that i can use it again for another hour. what part could have been broken?

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April 29, 2011 at 00:45:39
I would say that 82c is too hot. Mine usually runs between 35c and 40c if it hits 50c I worry. AMD is known to run a bit hotter than intel but that still seems high to me. My bet is you need a new cpu fan. Before changing the fan I would check to see if your motherboard has a fan speed controler in the bios. If it does you may want to check the settings. I have mine setup with an external controler and run it at max speed. It sounds like a jet engine under my desk but I know I have good airflow. If it gets to bad I can turn it down but rarely do.

After that problem is fixed I would definately look at a new power supply. "Generics" are not known for stability or stamina. This is an area where probably in most of our experiences trying to save money is not a good idea.

Likely



#1
April 24, 2011 at 21:39:02
Likely nothing "broken", but something "overheating". Check the usual suspects - power supply, CPU fan, etc.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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April 24, 2011 at 22:11:26
a friend told me its most likely that the cpu is overheating and i need to change the fan. but last i look the fan was doing well and when i touched it to see whether its way too hot, it was fine..

i will take your advice. i already change the power supply.

Most likely the overheating since i couldn't turn it on after it shuts down.


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#3
April 24, 2011 at 22:14:39
Is there a possibility that this will be fixed by updating the bios?

what are also the cause of this overheating? does that mean my cpu is degrading?


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#4
April 25, 2011 at 00:35:56
"Is there a possibility that this will be fixed by updating the bios?"

No. If the machine overheated before, it could have "weakened" something inside, causing it to be more susceptible to reoccurring. BIOS updates will do nothing to cure this, and, if applied improperly, could make the machine useless.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
April 25, 2011 at 01:08:02
The fan might be spinning but if the heatsink under it is blocked up with accumulated dust & mung it will not be doing anything to cool the CPU.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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April 25, 2011 at 01:11:34
THANK YOUUUU :D

last question, so there's a possibility that my cpu has degraded or damaged?


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#7
April 25, 2011 at 02:59:34
get a can of compressed air at local computer shop and blow out dirt and dust from cpu and fan that should fix your problem

Davidw


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#8
April 25, 2011 at 03:12:00
Is there a possibility that this will be fixed by updating the bios?

No! No! and thrice times No!

There are only two circumstances when an BIOS updated should be considered an that is when there is an update that you know will solve your particular problem or when all other possibilities have been exhausted and there is nothing else left to try and you have nothing to lose.

Updating the BIOS when it is unnecessary is a dangerous operation at the best of times. Doing on a computer that already has faults that are nothing to do with the BIOS is like playing Russian Roulette. If the update goes wrong for some reason you will end up with a very expensive door stop,

What happens if half way through the BIOS update process the CPU find it is getting a bit hot and shuts its self off. No computer or an expensive repair bill to replace the BIOS chip.

Stuart


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#9
April 25, 2011 at 05:42:38
Did you bother to check the CPU temperature reading? If it is overheating, it's possible that your CPU heatsink is clogged with dust. Updating the BIOS or doing anything involving software is just a waste of time.

Did you change the power supply because of this problem? Did you get a decent name brand unit? At least 400W & with pleanty of amps on the +12v rail? Post the make/model of what you bought. If it's a cheap low end piece of junk, that may be the problem.


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#10
April 25, 2011 at 16:57:39
I clean the computer 1s a month at maximum maybe 1s in 3 months :D i cleaned the cpu heat sink last night and it wasn't so full of dust as expected however i did found some hair in the fan that may have slowed down the cpu fan. I will observe if the problem will still occur after the clean up, this time with the CPU temperature reading,

(googleing a reliable cpu temp reader now)

yes i have a generic power supply which is new also because i thought the reason why my computer wont turn on is because of the power supply. I think that generic supply is ok for now since my vid card is low end 9500GT.


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#11
April 28, 2011 at 22:52:02
so last night it reached around 82C i think, is that too hot, AMD dual core.

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April 29, 2011 at 00:45:39
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I would say that 82c is too hot. Mine usually runs between 35c and 40c if it hits 50c I worry. AMD is known to run a bit hotter than intel but that still seems high to me. My bet is you need a new cpu fan. Before changing the fan I would check to see if your motherboard has a fan speed controler in the bios. If it does you may want to check the settings. I have mine setup with an external controler and run it at max speed. It sounds like a jet engine under my desk but I know I have good airflow. If it gets to bad I can turn it down but rarely do.

After that problem is fixed I would definately look at a new power supply. "Generics" are not known for stability or stamina. This is an area where probably in most of our experiences trying to save money is not a good idea.

Likely


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#13
April 29, 2011 at 17:35:12
Thanks likelystory

Generic PS - ok im sold, need to buy a better one. Thanks for the reason.
CPU fan - check then buy a better one.

i also ask a friend of mine who runs on AMD (though hes on quad im on 2 core only) to run the apps i run and he was only getting a 70C, he is not on generic PS and he has an air conditioner on. I on the other hand have no awesome PS and air conditioner.

I've narrowed the suspects now. thanks for all the reply :D


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#14
May 8, 2011 at 23:11:04
yes!! so i just cleaned my heat sink and now my pc is now ok :D thanks...

i wonder what should be the keywords for this...


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