Computer overheats and turns off

January 12, 2010 at 21:12:37
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer always over heats and turns off. It seems to overheat quicker when processing more ie streaming videos.

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#1
January 12, 2010 at 21:38:57
OK, you apparently know what the problem is...the next step is to fix it.

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#2
January 13, 2010 at 05:27:22
Mostly on Desktop computers----
DUST collects inside computers, and can cause hardware
damage, overheating, faulty fans, faulty drives
Is yours clean.????
http://www.makeitsimple.com/project...
^^^ Some pictures ^^^

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#3
January 13, 2010 at 05:48:21
Is your computer a desktop or laptop?

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#4
January 13, 2010 at 22:09:29
After cleaning out all dust including build up around heatsinks and cooling fans. leave the cover off when you first start it again and make sure all of your fans are running including your power supply's fan, your CPU's fan and any case fans.
(try a can of 'Dust Off' from radio shack or similar store)

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#5
January 14, 2010 at 23:11:39
Also, is your computer relatively new or old? Have you done any upgrades?
If new, maybe a mfg issue (like a poorly mounted cpu heatsink) and maybe under warrantee.
If old, maybe dust (as above) or maybe other issues.
if recently added a large video card, you may need additional cooling in your case - try adding another fan and/or moving PCI cards around so there is space around your video card.
Make sure there is room around your hard drive(s) (try moving to a more open bay)
Try downloading a program like SpeedFan which will give you specific temperatures of CPU, Graphics, etc for more clues.

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