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Dell Studio 1555 HOT AS HELL... what's going on??

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November 22, 2010 9:08:58 PM

Hello,

Hey guys... i'm having a bit of an issue..

I got this dell studio 1555 last year for college and over time it has started giving me a horrible headache...

first of all, its become WAYYYY TOO SLUGGISH... I take awesome care of it, defragging my hard drive every weekend and running scans on it regularly. I know for a fact that its not a virus or cloggy hard drive.

Its temperature is stupidly high on idle... here's a screenshot at idle:


I use this laptop 90% studying and 10% entertainment (watching movies, playing video games in my spare time), and this computer sucks for both right now. I had 4 excel sheets open last night and it was so slow to alt tab between them... over time my performance has gone down dramatically.

i don't have game time for wow, but i am able to play on their PTR, so i tried that out (all low settings duh this laptop isn't meant for gaming) and it shut off after 5 minutes....

is this bad? what is going on???
Anonymous
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November 22, 2010 9:12:06 PM

Could the CPU fan duct be clogged ? Computers may clock back if they overheat -- thus the slow performance.
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November 22, 2010 9:14:39 PM

Clean out all the ducts with some compressed air and see if it make a difference.
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November 22, 2010 9:27:04 PM

that's the messed up part =/

i opened and cleaned out my system using one of those air cleaner cans. took out the dust (was very minimal).

edit: did this last friday
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November 22, 2010 9:30:38 PM

after playing wow for 15 min...

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Anonymous
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November 22, 2010 9:45:48 PM

Can you hear whether the fan is working ?
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November 22, 2010 11:11:58 PM

You're not the only one experiencing the overheating problem. I think there's a design flaw in the cooling solution in this Dell model.

If it's still under warranty, make sure you get Dell to fix the problem. Don't let them shirk their responsibilities.
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November 23, 2010 12:41:34 AM

I can hear the fan (its a whirring sound i can hear coming from below the top right of the keyboard), but I can't really feel any air coming out.. Its hot near the vents, but can't really feel any push of air...
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November 23, 2010 1:46:17 AM

kdmaris said:
I can hear the fan (its a whirring sound i can hear coming from below the top right of the keyboard), but I can't really feel any air coming out.. Its hot near the vents, but can't really feel any push of air...


The fan may be on it's way out if it hasn't already kicked the bucket. As Ko mentioned, definitely get Dell to fix it if it is still under warranty. Also, with temps that high in WoW, don't play. You are right on the edge where your system is going to shut itself down from heat. If you go beyond that (shouldn't happen) then you risk damage to the processor.

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