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January 17, 2006 6:13:23 PM

Hello all!
I'm new here to the forums,..and I tried to /search this topic but, I cant find it... soo here goes.

I have a Dell 8400 series, my cpu = 3.4 ghz i have windows XP home
and for the life of me I cant find anywhere in the BIOS anything about temp..health of comp...nothing.

Please someone rescue me and tell me if there is a way too actually see the Temp? (before i pull my hair out)

I can on my Vid card..just not the CPU in my comp.

/hugs..and Thanks in Advance

Nikki

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January 17, 2006 6:18:43 PM

Try speedfan
It may not recognize your board, but it's worth a try.
January 17, 2006 6:20:34 PM

Your BIOS might not have that option. There was a software package called Motherboard Monitor 5 that was good for that (I use it at home) but your computer may not support it. I don't know, because 1) Dell is funny, and 2) the author of the software stopped working on it, so your system might be too new to be supported. But hey, you can always google it and try it out. The worst that can happen is that it does nothing for you and you have to uninstall it. :) 
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January 17, 2006 6:40:47 PM

Motherboard Monitor 5 didnt support it.
but, Speedfan did...but, it says 2 diff. things..1) Local temp = 57c
2) Remote Temp = 62c

what do these two mean? (whats the diff. between the two) and do you think my CPU is running in the correct temp range?





Thanks
Nikki
January 17, 2006 8:16:10 PM

Either of those temperatures would be really high for an idle cpu, and are at the upper limits of what I'd expect from a cpu under full load, even an Intel.

The only absolute way to measure temperature is to use a thermometer. On die thermal diodes are about the next best thing (and most newer CPUs have them), but even they can be inaccurate, as heat does not form equally across the surface.
January 17, 2006 9:26:25 PM

Quote:
...also if your a hot chick please post a pick :) 


Because he's already interested after seeing something slightly female on the internet...

You know, they make porn for that... Get some porn on that.
January 17, 2006 9:49:07 PM

if you have 2 temp, it's logically two different sensor, the highest is the one on the cpu and the other slightly lower is the socket, the chipset or the case temp
January 17, 2006 10:37:24 PM

Prozac,
I've got ten bucks on a new computer for you. Who's with me?
January 17, 2006 11:03:18 PM

Just Find Out What Kind Of MOBO (Motherboard) It Uses And Go Directly To The Manufacturer Of The Board (Not Dell) And Flash To An OEM BIOS For That Board It Would Open Alot Of Settings That Dell Hid Or Didnt Include, Including The "Health" Section... I Did That On M Brothers 2.7GHZ Celeron HP And I Now Have It Running At 3.2GHz And It Now Has A Temperature Report
January 17, 2006 11:19:39 PM

Quote:
Motherboard Monitor 5 didnt support it.
but, Speedfan did...but, it says 2 diff. things..1) Local temp = 57c
2) Remote Temp = 62c

what do these two mean? (whats the diff. between the two) and do you think my CPU is running in the correct temp range?





Thanks
Nikki


An alternative could be to download throttle watch. What it does is check if your cpu throttle down in case of overheating.

While not quite an elegant solution, it may give you some clue about your operating temperature.

I would first, open the case, and clean the cpu cooler with comressed AIR and a vacuum cleaner.

Then I would put it back to its original working setup. You download an app named Prime 95 and the throttlewatch application. Start Prime and watch throttle watch monitoring your CPU. Let it run as long as you can.. And watch for some sign of slow down of your CPU. Don't have to watch it continuously, it may become boring after a while... But from time to time, have an eye on it.

If the CPU is running full load at full speed, then, the temperature is within specs.. If you see the CPU to slow down to cool itself, then there is overheating problem.
January 18, 2006 2:48:03 AM

Thank you all for your answer's some of the stuff you said is way over my head though. i play my game (eq1 and wow) all day (well when the kids are asleep)
and my comp seemed a bit sluggish..a friend said check the CPU temp. so that's what i am trying to do. i will check Dell's website forums and try that link at majorgeeks (thx link75)

Strangestranger i wouldn't say i'm a hot chick (any girl that would is a little vain ) But, you didnt leave an e-mail even if i wanted to send you a pic :) 
should i post my comp specs here or have i ran my mouth too much already?..(dont wanna make anyone mad at me)

Thanks again
/hugs
Nikki
January 18, 2006 11:43:51 AM

Sluggishness can be caused by more than heat, especially with Dell. They installed full of bloatware on your PC andthat could meke it feels slooooooow ..

HardOCP review of a Dell system shows the inpact of bloatware stuff on your computer. Might want to read it.

Then spyware that has been installed on your system eats ressources like hell.. You might want to run apps like AdAware or Spybot search and destroy.

Then Heat can the problem too.. hey a hot chick with a hot PC... if you leave the side of the case open, does that help?
January 18, 2006 12:04:23 PM

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1) Local temp = 57c
2) Remote Temp = 62c


8O Wow I thought my fx60 was burning up at 50c at idle. I wonder if that is caused by a poorly designed case or do the newer Intel really run that hot :?:
January 18, 2006 2:14:51 PM

Quote:
1) Local temp = 57c
2) Remote Temp = 62c


8O Wow I thought my fx60 was burning up at 50c at idle. I wonder if that is caused by a poorly designed case or do the newer Intel really run that hot :?:



i opened my case and ..blew out all the dust bunnies..and left it cracked open..now my temp is 46c...and on the Speedfan box all the red flames have went to green check marks :D 

i think i'll leave the case cracked open a tad...the case is kinda stuck in a hole against the wall..maybe airflow is a problem combined with a ton of dust bunnies?
January 18, 2006 2:23:04 PM

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i think i'll leave the case cracked open a tad...the case is kinda stuck in a hole against the wall..maybe airflow is a problem combined with a ton of dust bunnies?
Yep. Sounds about right. Dust prevents thermal conductance, trapping the heat in the heatsink. And airflow is what moves the heat away. Either one by themself is bad for a computer. But both? That certainly explains it. Congrats on solving your problem.
January 19, 2006 9:38:59 AM

Quote:

i opened my case and ..blew out all the dust bunnies..and left it cracked open..now my temp is 46c...and on the Speedfan box all the red flames have went to green check marks :D 

i think i'll leave the case cracked open a tad...the case is kinda stuck in a hole against the wall..maybe airflow is a problem combined with a ton of dust bunnies?


looks like your problem is just dust and poor ventilation.

first- ensure that there is enough space behind you PC for propper air circulation. dont place anything covering the air intakes/vents
secondly- get a smallpaint brush ond gently brush the conponents on your PCs motherboad especially all the Heak sinks (the chunky metal with fins) and the fans.
January 20, 2006 1:11:14 PM

Er,
Help please!
Living in India and after going through TH,built an Amd3000+ amd a Gigak8 n51gmf9 based CPU. My problem is temps that are being shown on a brand new system .Can someone please tell me if this is normal or not? I have only the standard fans on my system i.e. for the processor and the PSU.

This pic was taken after the system had been running for about an hour and a half or so.
Find the pic here
Would appreciate any advice/tips/suggestions.

Thanks a lot!!
January 20, 2006 1:38:02 PM

Well your first two temps look perfectly fine. I'm guessing 1 is chassis and 2 is CPU or some such. Obviously your software has a configuration problem somewhere since I highly doubt that you have anything running at -48C. But that's probably not an important sensor anyway.

I would however worry about your voltages. A +12V rail at 8.55V is waaaaay low. If your system is having stability problems I'd look at your PSU.
January 20, 2006 1:52:35 PM

I have like the most basic CPU. No cd-rom no floppy disk no nothin.
All I have is a cabinet, processor+mobo + harddisk.That's it!!!

I have a 400W PSU but no stability problems.

Is there somethin I should be looking for??

BTW, these temps were taken by SpeedFan.
January 20, 2006 3:38:46 PM

Well, as we've already seen, something in the software isn't quite right anyway. That temp3 sensor is clearly wrong. So it's possible that your voltage reading is just wrong too. I mean if your system is stable, then I wouldn't worry. But if you've been having problems, then maybe your PSU is the cause. Just because you don't have much in the computer doesn't mean the PSU itself can't be faulty. But again, if it's stable, don't worry.
January 20, 2006 3:41:48 PM

slvr_phoenix,

Thank You so much for your time and effort!! I really appreciate it.
January 20, 2006 4:04:05 PM

No worries. That's what a lot of us hang around here for. :D 
April 1, 2009 10:03:57 AM

my laptop's (Acer 4710 core 2 duo) temperature is about 84C :o  tested by SpeedFan...is it normal temperature for a laptop?
March 7, 2010 10:14:01 PM

crazycmh said:
my laptop's (Acer 4710 core 2 duo) temperature is about 84C :o  tested by SpeedFan...is it normal temperature for a laptop?



well, no. thats way too hot......about 183 degrees. your laptop should be idling at about 100 degrees. try cleaning your fan by removing it (if its accessible) and blowing it out. that should help
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June 16, 2010 3:34:26 PM

I'm using speed fan, and I have the case open with a box fan blowing right on it. I'm running a Pentium 4 3.0Ghz and a GeForce 9500 GT and my idle temps are:

GPU: 46
CPU: 48
Ambient: 48
Remote: 64

I'm not sure what remote means, but it has a little flame next to it, indicating it's too high. After gaming the temps go to:

GPU: 52
CPU: 57
Ambient: 57
Remote: 73
August 12, 2010 1:29:35 AM

Mine is at 49C Highest and 33 lowest and I'm playing starcraft 2 :D 
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August 12, 2010 2:41:29 AM

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