CPU cooling problems... signs of this?

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Hi... I'm having a load of problems with my PC restarting randomly.
Well, I say randomly, it restarts mostly when I am doing demanding
stuff such as gaming. You might of noticed my other post on this...
take a look.

Anyway, I've been speaking to some other people and they all seem to
agree that it's some sort of over-heating going on... the thing is,
as I'm only a student (a poor student!) I don't want to go out and
buy new fans for my PC unless I'm sure it's going to make a
difference.

So, can anyone tell me the symptoms of CPU over-heating? I'm really
not sure what to do... I don't even know how to take the thing out!

One other thing you might want to know, when I first thought the
problem to be over-heating, I took the case off and had a look inside
to find an unworking case fan. This however has been replaced, and the
computer still restarts even when playing undemanding games such as
runescape.com.

I'm running windows XP SP2, athlon 1700+ with 256mb RAM. Sad I know,
again... I'm poor!!

Thanks
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    jezzer256 wrote:
    > Hi... I'm having a load of problems with my PC restarting randomly.
    > Well, I say randomly, it restarts mostly when I am doing demanding
    > stuff such as gaming. You might of noticed my other post on this...
    > take a look.
    >
    > Anyway, I've been speaking to some other people and they all seem to
    > agree that it's some sort of over-heating going on... the thing is,
    > as I'm only a student (a poor student!) I don't want to go out and
    > buy new fans for my PC unless I'm sure it's going to make a
    > difference.
    >
    > So, can anyone tell me the symptoms of CPU over-heating? I'm really
    > not sure what to do... I don't even know how to take the thing out!
    >
    > One other thing you might want to know, when I first thought the
    > problem to be over-heating, I took the case off and had a look inside
    > to find an unworking case fan. This however has been replaced, and the
    > computer still restarts even when playing undemanding games such as
    > runescape.com.
    >
    > I'm running windows XP SP2, athlon 1700+ with 256mb RAM. Sad I know,
    > again... I'm poor!!
    >
    > Thanks
    >

    Another thing to check is that the video card is not getting too hot.
    Take off the side of the case and feel the video card after one of these
    crashes. If it is too hot to touch it may be part of your problem.
    Make sure that the fan on the card is clear and running.
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    Have you checked the CPU fan and heat exchanger. The heat exchanger (metal
    grid) that sits on top of the process and then the fan fixes onto the heat
    exchanger is notorious for gathering dust. If there is a lot of dust hanging
    around the heat exchanger this will hold the heat and heat will not be
    dissipated efficiently from the CPU. Also check the fan blades to see if
    they are holding accumulated dust. If they are this may be slowing the fan
    speed down. If dust has accumulated be careful attempting to remove it
    because you can damage motherboard components. Compressed air is probably
    the best, but as you are a poor student this will be too expensive. An
    alternative is go borrow your grilfriends makeup brush. You know the one it
    looks like the type of brushes the forensic guys use to dust for finger
    prints, and gently run that over the fan and heat exchanger to remove the
    dust. Finally take a deep breath and blow the dust away. Many people use the
    vacuum cleaner, but you must be careful.
    Another area to check is the power supply unit. The PSU uses a fan to keep
    it cool. As a result the dust in the air is pulled from the bottom of your
    pc through the PSU and out again just like a chimney. This fan can also get
    laden with dust. One word of warning. The PSU fan is inside the PSU unit.
    *Do Not* open the unit. Simply vacuum the dust away - very carefully.
    --
    John Barnett MVP
    Associate Expert
    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org

    The information in this post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any kind,
    either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    reliability or content of this post. John Barnett shall not be liable for
    any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    post..


    "jezzer256" <jezzer256@aol-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:DqadnQ0grsrWGJ_eRVn_vQ@giganews.com...
    > Hi... I'm having a load of problems with my PC restarting randomly.
    > Well, I say randomly, it restarts mostly when I am doing demanding
    > stuff such as gaming. You might of noticed my other post on this...
    > take a look.
    >
    > Anyway, I've been speaking to some other people and they all seem to
    > agree that it's some sort of over-heating going on... the thing is,
    > as I'm only a student (a poor student!) I don't want to go out and
    > buy new fans for my PC unless I'm sure it's going to make a
    > difference.
    >
    > So, can anyone tell me the symptoms of CPU over-heating? I'm really
    > not sure what to do... I don't even know how to take the thing out!
    >
    > One other thing you might want to know, when I first thought the
    > problem to be over-heating, I took the case off and had a look inside
    > to find an unworking case fan. This however has been replaced, and the
    > computer still restarts even when playing undemanding games such as
    > runescape.com.
    >
    > I'm running windows XP SP2, athlon 1700+ with 256mb RAM. Sad I know,
    > again... I'm poor!!
    >
    > Thanks
    >
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    http://mbm.livewiredev.com/
    this is the website where you can download MotherBoard Monitor.
    When you install the program it will detect the temp sensors on your mobo.
    You will need to do some adjusting to read the fan speeds as well as the
    voltages.
    But it will then give you a good idea of what exactly your temps are.
    An Athlon 1700 should be running about 40/45degrees celsius at the DIODE or
    about 35/40 at the socket
    hope this helps
    peterk

    --
    Never trust a computer you can't throw out the window. - Steve Wozniak
    "jezzer256" <jezzer256@aol-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:DqadnQ0grsrWGJ_eRVn_vQ@giganews.com...
    > Hi... I'm having a load of problems with my PC restarting randomly.
    > Well, I say randomly, it restarts mostly when I am doing demanding
    > stuff such as gaming. You might of noticed my other post on this...
    > take a look.
    >
    > Anyway, I've been speaking to some other people and they all seem to
    > agree that it's some sort of over-heating going on... the thing is,
    > as I'm only a student (a poor student!) I don't want to go out and
    > buy new fans for my PC unless I'm sure it's going to make a
    > difference.
    >
    > So, can anyone tell me the symptoms of CPU over-heating? I'm really
    > not sure what to do... I don't even know how to take the thing out!
    >
    > One other thing you might want to know, when I first thought the
    > problem to be over-heating, I took the case off and had a look inside
    > to find an unworking case fan. This however has been replaced, and the
    > computer still restarts even when playing undemanding games such as
    > runescape.com.
    >
    > I'm running windows XP SP2, athlon 1700+ with 256mb RAM. Sad I know,
    > again... I'm poor!!
    >
    > Thanks
    >
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