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Overheating Dell Inspiron n5010

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July 31, 2011 1:52:46 PM

Hi. I bought my dell laptop around 7 months ago. All of a sudden it has started overheating.

Idle:
The chip shows : 57.5 celsius
The HDD shows: 46 celsius.

I am using linux. and the temperatures were found using
Quote:
sensors


and the HDD temperature by


Quote:
sudo hddtemp /dev/sda


I feel that the HDD is running too hot and that could be the main reason all of the board is hot. I also feel that the HDD never stop spinning. I'd buy a laptop cooler but i don't think that will help get to the bottom of this.

So any idea guys? what could it be? Should I change the HDD ?
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July 31, 2011 1:56:55 PM

Hello prometheus_87;

What were the system temps 7 months ago? When the laptop is idle - what is the CPU usage?
Have you checked to see if the fan exhaust is clogged up?
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July 31, 2011 3:07:47 PM

WR2 said:
Hello prometheus_87;

What were the system temps 7 months ago? When the laptop is idle - what is the CPU usage?
Have you checked to see if the fan exhaust is clogged up?



Unfortunately i never checked the temperature when it was new. the problem started around two weeks ago. and i have yet to open up my laptop to check for clogs but by the naked eye i do not see any clogs.

Could some jerk have displaced the HDD and that might be causing these problems.?
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August 15, 2011 12:24:53 AM

Use an air duster and blow air in the exhaust vent in the rear or side of the laptop air goes in the bottom grill and out the rear dust plugs up the cooling fins on the inside where you cant see it.
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