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Slow computer due to overheating?

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#1 Funkychicken2


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:25 PM

I have a Dell Laptop Inspiron that is running really slow.

I noticed the laptop was getting very hot to the touch and realized I didn't hear the fan running. I got a replacement fan, opened the laptop, replaced it (and there was lots of dust there too clogging things), and then turned everything back on. Now the fan is running again. However, that didn't solve my problem.

The computer still feels hot to the touch at times, but not sure if that is the problem.

I ran chkdsk/scandisk antimalware programs in safe mode. No problems. I ran disk cleanup. Saved some space, but didn't fix the problem. I went through the startup apps using the listing on here and unchecked apps that were unnecessary, but that didn't fix the problem either.

Even in safe mode, I can see the computer slowdown. When I ran disk defrag in safe mode, I let it run for almost 3 hours. It only made it through 25% of the disk. That can't be right.

Is it possible that with the fan not working for a while a piece of hardware maybe overheated and chkdsk or the likes hasn't been able to tell me about it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 04:06 PM

There is no Windows mcehanism...that can warn about overheateat...that is not a Windows issue, but a system hardware/cleanliness issue.

Cleaning the Interior of your PC - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial118.html

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

For a defrag to take 3 hours...you better have a very large partition or start checking your hard drive. How large is the C: partition, how much free space does it currently have?


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