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How do you know if the computer is crashing because its getting too hot?


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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:05 AM

I want to give my old desktop computer to my brother but the processor always seems to get to the 56-58 mark when doing nothing crazy. Its a Athlon by the way. The fan inside works, all the outside fan works. I don't notice dust ether.

Does running Defrag, or scanning programs increase the possessor by a lot? How can I cool it down?

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 10:43 AM

Replace the current fans...especially if they are "old".

Fans/heatsinks are not very expensive...compared to the value they provide and the time it takes to replace/install.

As for the question posed in your title...you can't directly, since such crashes provide no error messages. You can check CPU temperatures by going to the BIOS and reading the max operating temp for that CPU (they are not all the same, may vary by 20 degrees Celsius or so).

I've had this program recommended by those I trust, Core Temp - http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

How to Avoid Overheating Hardware Secrets - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/142

CPU maximum temperatures - http://www.pantherproducts.co.uk/Articles/...peratures.shtml

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