computer shutting off due to overheating

April 2, 2011 at 09:01:06
Specs: Windows Vista
computer shuts down when we turn back on says it was due to overheating

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April 2, 2011 at 10:24:01
Then stop trying, the more you try at this point the more chance you have of damaging it permanently. If this is a laptop, perhaps the fan area needs blown out with a can of compressed air. Otherwise it is probably best to take it to a shop, and will likely be a costly repair. If this is a desktop, take the side off (or what have you) and clean the fan/heat sink on the CPU, check to see if the fan on the CPU and the back of the power supply are both working (turn on just for a few secs to see if they running then shut off immediately). If they are clean and running, then you need to remove the heatsink, get some heatsink paste, scrap the old paste off very carefully, then repaste the heatsink fan assembly back onto the cpu. The last option is not so bad and if you are not comfortable doing this, it should not be costly, in canada the replace of the heatsink with a fan is $25 plus 1/2 labour.

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