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Gateway KAV60 running hot

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August 4, 2011 4:50:14 PM

I have a Gateway LT2030u, Model KAV60 that shuts down when it gets hot, anyone else have this problem ?
August 4, 2011 10:56:08 PM

Well, it should shut down when it gets hot. That's to protect your hardware.

The question is, why is your netbook getting too hot? Fan failure? Dust in the airway? Failed contact between the heatsink and Atom CPU? We can't answer that for you.
August 5, 2011 7:16:19 AM

This thread seems to have been replied to but I don't see it :p 
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August 13, 2011 3:19:50 AM

Proximon said:
Well, it should shut down when it gets hot. That's to protect your hardware.

The question is, why is your netbook getting too hot? Fan failure? Dust in the airway? Failed contact between the heatsink and Atom CPU? We can't answer that for you.


Thanks for the check list that I already went through, I even replaced the thermal paste after cleaning the system and heat sinks. I am suspecting a faulty MB at this point. I will google to see if it is a common failure or not. I think it is insufficient thermal dissipation or a faulty MB sensor/Fan.
August 13, 2011 1:18:02 PM

Suggest you run a program that reads cpu temps and logs them. The temp readings would come directly from the CPU, not the MB. If correctly shutting down with hot CPU then you know the fan, airflow or heatsink/paste is to blame. If sudden jump in temp then you would wonder. Aside: anyone who can disassemble a netbook knows the air intakes on the bottom of laptop/netbook are blocked when you leave the thing on a soft bed cover or under a blanket. My kids don't. So for people finding thread via google, if it only overheats in certain conditions, check the environmentals.

If the MB sensors show hot and the CPU is not then maybe the air flow to a part other than the cpu is blocked.

If you ran a CPU intense workload, timed it. let it cool, ran workload again and timed it.

Then ran graphics intense workload, timed it. let it cool. ran graphics workload again, compared only the second times, which time is shorter ?

Graphics are GMA 950 which should be a separate chip with its own heatsink somewhere on the mb.
August 20, 2011 4:42:29 AM

tsnor said:
Suggest you run a program that reads cpu temps and logs them. The temp readings would come directly from the CPU, not the MB. If correctly shutting down with hot CPU then you know the fan, airflow or heatsink/paste is to blame. If sudden jump in temp then you would wonder. Aside: anyone who can disassemble a netbook knows the air intakes on the bottom of laptop/netbook are blocked when you leave the thing on a soft bed cover or under a blanket. My kids don't. So for people finding thread via google, if it only overheats in certain conditions, check the environmentals.

If the MB sensors show hot and the CPU is not then maybe the air flow to a part other than the cpu is blocked.

If you ran a CPU intense workload, timed it. let it cool, ran workload again and timed it.

Then ran graphics intense workload, timed it. let it cool. ran graphics workload again, compared only the second times, which time is shorter ?

Graphics are GMA 950 which should be a separate chip with its own heatsink somewhere on the mb.



Finally had a chance to isolate the Heat Problem, seems the Fan was bound, found a replacement part for $30.00. Now all I need to do is some smoke testing. P.S This was a fairly easy disassemble project.


August 20, 2011 6:21:20 AM

I'm glad it was simple and the dis-assembly was easy. I have to admit I've never had a reason to try to take a netbook apart.
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