so, in the screenshot attached is my computer as it is shown by CPUID HWMonitor. It is currently idle, unplugged and in a room with the windows open, fan on at 2am.
when unplugged, the computer will not overheat. It will not go below 70 degrees, but it will not overheat to the point of crashing. When plugged in, the temperature rises 10 degrees within 5 seconds and continues to rise until it crashes. (under minor load that is) The crash is either a complete system crash, screen turns black everything goes silent, doesn't start up for a few minutes while it cools itself down. If I unplug it, the temperature will drop about 5 degrees and decrease until it hits around 70 where it will hold indefinitely until the battery dies. It can last indefinitely while plugged in if no graphical applications are running. (Games, mostly but I have had it crash on hot days while typing up essays)
So the screenshot I have is after about half an hour of playing runescape, watching temps while unplugging and plugging my computer back in. It will in fact crash while playing runescape, and it crashes quickly, within an hour or so if I do not unplug it. My friend suggests the heat sink is jammed, which makes sense but I have taken this thing apart and it looks fine (it hasn't been run with an open case however, I will try that tomorrow)
If you need me to, I can watch until the computer dies to check max temp, I believe it to be around 120c.
Is there anything I should look for during an open case test tomorrow? Unfortunately I can't remove the video itself as when I tried that last time I stripped a screw on one of the guards and I can't get it off, don't tell me to try again, it will only cause me to be in a pissy mood and something else in this computer will cease to function. (my wireless card was damaged in the last attempt at removing the video card due to me freaking out at the screw.... so yeah)
whoops, forgot screen shot: http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/8193/tempscm.png
Edited by sausage, 20 June 2010 - 03:11 AM.