Originally Posted by Volvogga
That might not be such a good idea, since dust can collect on the fans and make things worse. I guess the best way would be to go to a good computer store / repair shop (or whatever) and get parts swapped around to find out where the problem is, just like Jyuu said.
Shit son... I've opened computers that have been sealed for years only to find I had to pick out clumps of dust (fire hazard, anyone?) from between the cards, around the processor, and each luver and blade of the fan system. XD
But I didn't mean to suggest that Jyuu's idea wasn't the best solution, because it absolutly is. I wrote that when I just woke up. I was thinking that you could maybe tell what was producing all the heat by putting your hand up to the case (note: Up To!... not in.) and see what feels like a lot of heat is coming off. Somehow that didn't make it into that post. I think a lot of shit I was thinking didn't make that post... and now I'm posting this at 3 in the morning, so there is probably some things that won't make this either... not gunna lie.
Also, yes I know this technicaly fucks the airflow of the system up... but when the thing is overheating anyway... do we care? And yes I know a stray piece of dust could also have a small chance of landing somewhere it shouldn't and shorting things out, so there... here is the disclaimer that it is a risk. But I have honestly yet to hear of that happening. I especially don't care when I have seen first hand that 99% of all the computers I've seen suck dust in anyway. The luvers rarely do shit, and a decent tight meshing is few and far between.
It's not my machine. I've said what I'd do with it... but the final choice is yours.
Don't forget Jyuu's advice though... the guy knows his shit. Take that thing in and tell them you want that procedure done.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
My computer experienced some over-heating problems before. Try opening up the side panel and cleaning out any dust that may reside inside the computer. Clean the fans that blow air around the computer inside (CPU Heatsink Fan, Outlet Fans at the back of the case, etc.). If you have had your PSU replaced recently then no dust should reside inside the PSU.
Clean the Heatsink and make sure it has no dust in it. Now clean the CPU surface and the part of the heatsink which resides on the CPU to get all the thermal paste off. Re-apply a new sploodge of thermal paste on the CPU before affixing the heatsink back on and clipping it back into place. Make sure that all lose wires and cables dangling in your computer are bound neatly together, as this will give higher air flow, even in a air-restricted box...somehow.
The main problem with my computer when it over-heated was that it needed a new application of thermal paste. When this was done my CPU came back to the ambient tempurature where it doesnt face a melt down.
Listen to the noise
Okay kids, here's my list of most common causes for a restarting computer:
Insufficient power supply
Bad CPU (it happens, amazingly)
Dying hard drive
Dying video card
PCI device sitting incorrectly in PCI slot
Bad cables (IDE, SATA)
The best way to do it is to replace every part individually to identify the cause.
If the problem persists, reinstall Windows on a clean hard drive. Remember, a reformat should be the last option. The customer won't be happy to lose his Windows as he/she knows it.
I'm posting it the way I do it at work since I am a computer technician too.
woah. if the problem is just the overheating, then either you have to replace the CPU if you bought it used cuz sumtime, an overheated object is the CPU being overclocked. i should know, afterall, i used to do it all the time, but i quited cuz of money problem.
but one of the common problem of overheat is dust. clean it out once a month, and if u don't do that, then the airway is flooded. most of the time, dust is one of the common problem to overheat. either that, or it is the cooling fan. maybe it not functioning like it should.