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Hardware => Hardware => Topic started by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 01:18:24 PM

Title: CPU overheating
Post by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 01:18:24 PM
Hi,

I'm getting an error message from my intel hardware monitoring program that came with my board, saying that my processor temperature is 'out of zone'.

It's showing as being over 75 degrees celcius & my CPU fan is running at an avr rate of 2880 RPM.

Is there a problem with my fan?

Cheers
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: michaewlewis on April 25, 2008, 01:28:02 PM
Is it that hot when it's idle or when you're doing stuff on your computer? If you're doing stuff like playing a game or watching a movie, I wouldn't be too concerned.
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 02:31:50 PM
Hello Michael,

Well it started a couple of days ago & as it hasn't happened before, I'm quite concerned.

It started happening while I was using GIMP & today it's been happening while I was trying to send an email with a large file attachment (can't understand how sending an email can overheat the processor?).

In the end I had to cancel the email at 20% & turn the PC off as it's temperature kept rising...

I've attached an image of the hardware monitoring program as it is now. You can see that the fan speed is really low in comparison to the guage maximum.

I'll try & send the email again then capture an image when it rises again...

Thanks for your advice



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Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: michaewlewis on April 25, 2008, 03:05:29 PM
GIMP could cause the temp to rise a bit too. Especially if you're playing with filters and such.
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: homer on April 25, 2008, 04:37:04 PM
8000RPM is actually QUITE fast for a fan to be spinning, it may just be a generic number that they chose to use. your fan may not even be capable of achieving 8000RPM.

i would make sure the heatsink and fan is free of dust.
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 08:25:00 PM
Yes, 8000 does sound high, but mine is spinning between 2500-2900 - is this too low?
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: homer on April 25, 2008, 08:55:13 PM
Yes, 8000 does sound high, but mine is spinning between 2500-2900 - is this too low?

that sounds normal.  did you clean your heatsink yet?
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 09:07:00 PM
phew, relief!  ;D

No I haven't cleaned it yet, I just woke up & had to do a few things like scratch certain areas of my anatomy (that sort of thing).

But I'll do it today, I've never done it before but I got some of that pressurized air in a can what-do-yu-call-it stuff last week so I take it I can use that?

Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: homer on April 25, 2008, 09:11:05 PM
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I've never done it before but I got some of that pressurized air in a can what-do-yu-call-it stuff last week so I take it I can use that?

you certainly can use that. if you have a compressor, you can set it to about 20PSI and use that too.
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: neljan on April 25, 2008, 09:15:45 PM
Thanks Homer/Michael, I'll let you know how I get on...
Title: Re: CPU overheating
Post by: homer on April 25, 2008, 09:23:42 PM
your welcome, just remember to hold the fan while you use the compressed air. the fan can act as a generator and send voltage back to the motherboard when it spins.