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April 13, 2006 3:05:23 PM

on my other PC i have an intel 2.0Ghz Northwood, stock cooling, and 1 80mm fan

is that too hot? or is it normal for intels to hit 188F idle?
April 13, 2006 3:35:32 PM

You do realize that's only 24°F short of boiling water, right?
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April 13, 2006 3:36:19 PM

That is 86.7 C, which is very hot even for a mobile chip (My 2.2 P4-M Northwood idles at 65 C and has a max temp of 100 C, shuts down at 93 C.) Desktop chips can't run nearly as hot as mobile chips, so I'd bet that the thermal diode is bunked (check to see if the heatsink is hot- 188F should burn you!) or the CPU is not making a good connection to the heatsink (remove the heatsink, apply thermal grease).

86.7 C is well above the tolerances for a 2.0 P4 Northwood. It should have shut off at about 70-75 C.
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April 13, 2006 3:44:29 PM

People have reported 120 F but higher then that is crazy. Intel does have a safety that should have kick in when you CPU reached that temp. Best test would be to put the CPU and heat sink in a friends P4 system and see if it's you motherboard that is way the heck off.
April 13, 2006 4:01:23 PM

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on my other PC i have an intel 2.0Ghz Northwood, stock cooling, and 1 80mm fan

is that too hot? or is it normal for intels to hit 188F idle?


You might have a fried P4 in your future. Immediately take off the heatsink and check to see if there's any thermal grease left. If there's not, get some AS5 and a new cooler. My P4 Prescott was running between 55 and 60 degrees Celcius, and that's what killed it, so I wouldn't be surprised if that happens to you.
April 13, 2006 4:14:11 PM

Well, you can now use your CPU for cooking.
April 13, 2006 4:22:47 PM

a t 188 f, shouldnt the proc throttle. does your computer perform well, or does it slow down and freeze. if it seems like it is running fine, then you can safley assume that the temp reading is off, but if it is acting goofy, you might have an issue.
April 13, 2006 4:24:49 PM

hmm its a store bought PC, Sony (eww i kno, my dad bought it) hmm, well i shut it off and let it sit for 30 mins restarted went into Bios it read 52.3 C which is normal, i got the 188F afte ri left it running for 3 days straight...hmm no i wont reapply the thermalpaste cuz i dont care if it fries, gives me another excuse to ask my parents for money to build a new PC, i got around $50 right now just need like 300 more.

anyways ill leve it running and see what temps i get
April 13, 2006 4:27:47 PM

Then go tell mommy and daddy about this if you don't want to take action. Seems like you just want to see if you are close to frying you PC and don't want help. Kind of lame :x
April 13, 2006 4:53:45 PM

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on my other PC i have an intel 2.0Ghz Northwood, stock cooling, and 1 80mm fan

is that too hot? or is it normal for intels to hit 188F idle?


The Pentium 3 coppermine Celerons get the hottest, max operating temp. Intel says is 82 Celsius. Yours is 86.7 C. Also it should not go beyond 72 Celsius for the 2.0 Northwood Celeron. Is it celeron or P4? Either way it's cooked.

Heatsink problem is most likely the issue. Try cleaning it, add some thermal paste if needed, and if no fix--get a replacement heatsink.
April 13, 2006 4:56:39 PM

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April 13, 2006 5:01:28 PM

its a P4 northwood
April 13, 2006 5:13:24 PM

Could a faulty heatsink really account for that much extra heat, though? Thermal grease and fan sure, but this is a P4 2.0ghz, heatsinks always used to be just a hunk-o-metal.
April 13, 2006 5:33:52 PM

that is way to hot. My P4 3.4 Ghz overclooked to 3.5 runs between 85-116 F or 30 to 46.6 C. and that is air cooled. I am using the Asus Star Ice cooler. but with the Intel Stock Heatsink i still ran below 50 C . by the way the warning temp that Aus set for my processor is about 75-76 c

Also companies like Dell and Sony ( i also have a 2.5 GHz Intel P4 from soney) would only get to 120F or 48 C in the bios so i think that you are running at the death temp.

Go to the Intel website and www.intel.com and look up the specks your processor.
April 13, 2006 5:40:42 PM

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its a P4 northwood


If you want to bring that thing over, we can have a P4 tea party at 2:30. Mine might get hotter because it's a 3.2Ghz, but it's at least got AS5.

Your CPU is fried, and even if you applied AS5 and got a new cooler, it would still probably die. Just run Prime95, and put that POS CPU out of its misery.
April 13, 2006 6:08:27 PM

meh

i might be able to take a pic of it later, the heat sink is an actual heatsink

its an AVC something,. http://www.avc.com.tw/index.html they dont have my listed anymore but it has 72mm fan, and my case has a crappy 92mm fan as exaust

o well

heres a decent pic




no thats not my mobo i googled it,
April 13, 2006 9:17:44 PM

I didn't bother to read the whole thing but did anybody mention your board is not reporting the correct temperature?! check the temperature right after you boot and you will see.


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April 13, 2006 9:28:16 PM

i did, i left it running for 3 days, smacked the power button and turned it bakc on hit F2 and went into bios read 188^F i was like...not normal
April 13, 2006 10:21:43 PM

no thats not normal. I have a 3.2 ghz northwood P4 with the stock cooler and it idles around 90 degrees F and under load it only hits a little over 130 degrees F.
April 14, 2006 9:09:21 AM

What's the temperature after cold boot - if it's still '188 degrees' then your temperature probe is scrued
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April 14, 2006 11:45:39 AM

"or is it normal for intels to hit 188F idle?
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The only time I've seen temps that high was when, after a two year period, the heat sink compound under my XP2000+ solidified/dried up, inducing cpu core temps of about 190 degrees F....

A quick cleaning of the sink and top of cpu core, apply new thermal compound paste, and presto, back down to 130F at idle...

(Are you measuring that temp in the bios, or with a program within windows, or both?)
April 14, 2006 8:55:04 PM

Remove the fan and clean the heatsink.

Clogged heatsink can be the reason of overheating. My friend's Celeron D 2.4 Ghz was running at 86C-90C (general use). After cleaning the dirt clogged heatsink, his CPU runs at 50C idle and 60C under full load.
April 14, 2006 9:27:56 PM

at cold boot its 159-169 degrees F, im gonna shut it off now and check, it was 156.9*F
April 16, 2006 1:14:45 AM

ok i left it off for 2 days turne dit on it read 167*F in bios, i dont think thats normal but correct me plz
April 16, 2006 4:39:33 AM

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You might have a fried P4 in your future. Immediately take off the heatsink and check to see if there's any thermal grease left. If there's not, get some AS5 and a new cooler. My P4 Prescott was running between 55 and 60 degrees Celcius, and that's what killed it, so I wouldn't be surprised if that happens to you.


FUD.

Prescott cannot be killed by 60°C!

Manual says everything under 67°C for Prescott cores is safe for long operating.

Anyway, I turned 2.8GHz S478 Prescott on without HSF just for fun -- it warmed up to 104°C and the system turned off. I remounted the HSF when it cooled down and it worked properly and as the matter of fact it still works just fine.

@Pengwin:
Your fan is most likely not spinning and the HSF is clogged by dust. Replace it, cleaning probably won't help because bearings are most likely damaged or maybe the fan is already dead/fried.
For 2.0GHz Northwood temperature below 55°C is considered normal.
April 16, 2006 2:32:56 PM

hmm,, ill clean it the fan is running though
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