Discussion by sonoftheclayr with 4 Replies.
Last Update: December 4, 2009, 2:47 am
I am not sure this is average for a 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor but I'm sure it isn't as my laptop hovers around 40 C.
The hard disk in it recently stopped working and I was wondering if it could have overheated as well and if there is anything I can do to restore the files off it or at least get the (or some) files of it.
Any recomendations for a new fan? I am looking to spend no more then AU$50 and would like a good fan that will keep my system cool.
Could you please help as my entire family is biting my head off complaining that they have nothing to do.
Has this always been like that, because if so, your case might be bad ventilated.
Try touching the heatsink and check if it's hot. If it's realy that hot, then the heatsink/fan combo isn't sufficient enough. If it isn't, then there might be a bad contact between the CPU and the heatsink or your motherboard is reading out incorrect data.
About the hdd, it might have been so, the max. operating temperature of a hdd is generaly 50-55°c, anything higher could damage the hdd. These thing do get hot, my hdd easily gets to 55°c without active cooling in a case with 28°c temperature.
If you'd like to replace the cpu heatsink, it'd definatly check out the heatsink reviews at [M]adshrimps or at Frostytech. These 2 compare cooling performance and how much noise they create.
Had same problem-overheat-shut down. I was using an external window box fan to cool it down. Another forum (I can't find it again!) said dust between the fan and the heat sink heat. Remove bottom cover 8 screws. Remove heat sink 5 screws. Remove and BAM a dust buuny between the fan exhast and heat sink. This AFTER I had blown it with compressed air. Clean put back together and it runs 2x cooler and 2x faster!! The post had a link to dell sevice manual for removing the heat sink
This fix worked like a charm.
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