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November 18, 2013 1:59:49 AM

My girlfriend has an MSI gaming laptop that has an Nvidia 675MX GPU and recently it has been getting upto temperatures of 90 degrees + and then the laptop with crash, it even gets upto 80+ on idle sometimes - This is also while using the fan on turbo mode which is insanely loud. We have tried cleaning the fans and the problem still persists. It has only started this issue around 3 weeks ago and she has had the laptop for over 1 year now.

We are not able to send it away to be repaired since she requires it to work from home.

I have been tempted to open it myself to see if there are any issues inside but the warranty sticker puts me off.

Anyone have any ideas as to what is causing it and how we should go about fixing this problem?

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November 18, 2013 2:08:31 AM

You need to clean the heatsinks behind the fans, not just the fans. However, if it's only started very suddenly, it's unlikely to be dust. Can you feel a lot of air coming out the side, or is it just making noise?

It may be malware using your GPU for some other purpose (emphasis on the may; it's nowhere near certain). In the taskbar, there should be an nVidia icon. See if it has anything in the box that pops up when you click it.

EDIT: I assume we're talking Celsius? If not, then 80-90F is actually pretty good.
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November 18, 2013 2:12:22 AM

Not sure if I'll be of any help. Makes sure as many redundant apps are closed. Check the running system processes and have a look there the next time the system goes crazy - that way you can see what's making the processors work overtime. There may be a specific program. Other things would be like, work on a solid smooth platform and not something like the carpet or blanket. Are there new graphics card drivers that you can install?

Anyway 90 degrees C is getting towards too hot for a laptop. I used to have a Vaio that I played BF2 and COD4 until the graphics card burnt out. Sad.

Also try and see if you can anyhow blow dust out with a pressurized air can. Whether from the fans or what not. I cleaned up my laptop doing this and it was so much cooler. THOUGH, I am not telling you to rip your sticker. That's at your decision.
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November 18, 2013 2:16:21 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
You need to clean the heatsinks behind the fans, not just the fans. However, if it's only started very suddenly, it's unlikely to be dust. Can you feel a lot of air coming out the side, or is it just making noise?

It may be malware using your GPU for some other purpose (emphasis on the may; it's nowhere near certain). In the taskbar, there should be an nVidia icon. See if it has anything in the box that pops up when you click it.


There is a lot of hot air coming from the vent at the side.

At first, I suspected it could have been something forcing the GPU to do it but I have just never seen that happen before.

When I get access to it tonight, I will do a full scan and then most likely a full reformat to see if that helps but if the problem is still there then I guess I will have to open it up and void the warranty =/
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November 18, 2013 3:53:31 AM

Before reinstalling anything, just boot from a Linux LiveCD/USB to see if it's hardware or just something using more GPU than it should.

Is there actually a warranty void sticker? I haven't actually seen one in a laptop that I can remember.
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