I have a Samsung RC512 laptop that I believe has been overheating lately when I run games or SolidWorks. I can run (any it seems) game or a large amount of assemblies / geometry in SolidWorks for a few minutes and then the PC just hard-shuts down on its own. I've used the app Realtemp to monitor the temperature, and the temps will get into the 90's C territorty before it shuts itself down. Normal "idle" temps are in the high 40's C. The most recent game I ran was South Park Stick of Truth, which I would imagine cannot be THAT taxing on the system, and it can only run for about 10 minutes max before it shuts down. I took it to geek squad and they took a brief look and took an air canister to it and said it is "probably" not due to it being overly dirty inside based off what they saw. This could be believable, this puppy has sat in basically the same spot on a flat wood surface forever.
I am wondering if there is anything basic I could do diagnostically to determine if there are any hardware issues at the root of this? Should I have just told them to do a full internal cleaning regardless of what they said? I tried my wife's (not so top of the line) cooling pad and that couldn't stop the heat train. I have a better one in the mail, but based on what the wife's did, I fear I'm stilling going to be trying to stop a train by throwing marshmallows at it.
Any / all advice is much appreciated. This computer never used to have this problem no matter what I threw at it. Its been a great laptop for almost 3 years now and it would be hard to convince my wife to get an acceptable (or better!) replacement this soon.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 2630QM @ 2.00GHz 50 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. RC512 (CPU 1) 51 °C
Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics Family (Samsung)
1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M (Samsung) 42 °C
698GB Hitachi HTS547575A9E384 (SATA) 36 °C
TSSTcorp DVDWBD TS-LB23A
Realtek High Definition Audio
Edited by jvizanko, 10 March 2014 - 08:57 PM.