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GeForce GT220 Overheating?

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May 18, 2012 1:57:36 AM

New to the forum (so HI!), I've had my gateway for 2+ years and have played Wow(world of warcraft) on it the entire time without issues. Now the display dies after about an hour of game play. I wasnt sure what the cause was so I started googling and saw that heating often caused this. After installing speedfan I saw that the gpu was getting up to 107c right before dying. So I'm pretty sure that is the cause BUT I'm not 100% any advice out there?

Gateway DX4831-03
Intel i5 650 3.2ghz
8GB RAM
Geforce GT220 nvidia
Windows 7 64bit

PS I just noticed I only have 1 fan....

EDIT: Made sure the driver was up to date, but no difference.

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May 18, 2012 2:28:28 AM

107 degrees C? Ouch!!! That's scorching. Assuming your CPU is not suffering the same level of overheating, then yes, I'd say that your GPU overheating is the video problem.

First check the fan on your video card, assuming that it has one and isn't a passively cooled unit (meaning one big heatsink without a fan). If the fan is working fine and spinning, check the little air ducts around the fan. If they are filled with dust the card will overheat due to lack of air flow.

If those are clean and the fans are working, it might be that the thermal paste (or pad) has dried up. If this is the case you will need to clean off the old paste from the GPU and heatsink, then apply a new (preferably better) paste to it.

Bring down your temperatures ASAP. Let me put it this way. Your GPU is running seven degrees over the boiling point of water. That is not good for it. If you don't want to kill your system, fix the overheating before you do permanent damage and need a new GPU.
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May 18, 2012 6:20:07 AM

The GPU has a fan, it's a little dusty but I dont see it being the problem. The fan also has a guard on it, am I supposed to remove this or what? It doesnt look like its made to come off.

EDIT the fan has screws on the bottom side lol...fail me.
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May 18, 2012 7:34:23 AM

Usually getting a can of compressed air is sufficient for removing dust. You shouldnt have to take it apart unless you are going to replace the thermal compound.
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May 18, 2012 7:45:14 AM

CBELERIQUE said:
The GPU has a fan, it's a little dusty but I dont see it being the problem. The fan also has a guard on it, am I supposed to remove this or what? It doesnt look like its made to come off.

EDIT the fan has screws on the bottom side lol...fail me.

If you think the heatsink is not too dusty to cause the 107 degrees, then you have to consider the overall airflow. But in any case, clean the GPU heatsink anyway. You can use an ordinary vacuum cleaner to clean the heat sink. In fact I prefer this because the dust & debris will be sucked into the vacuum cleaner bag instead of blown away elsewhere...
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May 18, 2012 2:48:55 PM

Well I went ahead and took the fan off to take a look and this is what was inside. Cant really see anything BAD BAD, but maybe the trained eye can spot it.





Would the dust on the backside be the issue? I cleaned it up now, but I'm guessing I should redo the thermal paste right?


EDIT: does this guy do the steps correctly? It's a pretty easy process if so.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX-8cC3PNg4

Looking at this paste:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arctic-Alumina-Premium-Cerami...
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May 19, 2012 2:00:49 PM

CBELERIQUE said:
Well I went ahead and took the fan off to take a look and this is what was inside. Cant really see anything BAD BAD, but maybe the trained eye can spot it.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f123/belerique/2012-05-18_07-39-57_146.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f123/belerique/2012-05-18_07-40-05_663.jpg

Would the dust on the backside be the issue? I cleaned it up now, but I'm guessing I should redo the thermal paste right?


EDIT: does this guy do the steps correctly? It's a pretty easy process if so.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX-8cC3PNg4

Looking at this paste:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arctic-Alumina-Premium-Cerami...

Yes, you should re-aapply a new thermal paste. The video is fine but I myself use lint free cloth ( like the ones used to clean eyeglasses ). The arctic silver is good.
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May 19, 2012 8:51:11 PM

Just for tests sake, I cleaned it up and put it back in and everything was fine. I'm thinking I'll still redo the thermal paste but as of now (after about 2 hours of gaming) the peak was 71c, prior to the cleaning 71c was the mean.
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May 20, 2012 10:41:33 AM

Well done. 71c is good & well within normal graphics card operating temperature.
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May 21, 2012 12:51:12 AM

Much better. Yeah, that looks like either a crappy thermal pad or some really bad paste on the heatsink. If that is paste, then the company really put it on heavy. Just remember too much paste can be worse than too little. Thermal paste turns into an insulator if applied too thickly. I bet with a good layer of AS5 your temps will drop even lower. :)  In any case you're back into the safety zone.
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May 31, 2012 1:47:00 PM

Best answer selected by cbelerique.
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May 31, 2012 4:15:58 PM

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