Suddenly, this morning, my ancient Dell notebook started shutting down. It had been running for several days, I rebooted it as I do every day or so. After about 10-15 minutes, it made a sound like static on an old radio and shut off. I had to press and hold the power button to shut it down completely. I rebooted and it came right back up, but shut down again after 10-15 minutes.
Suspecting a cooling problem, I took it to a local PC repair shop. They said I need to replace the fan (which appears to be working) and the heat sink, which they said was "broken". The fan is available, but the heat sink is no longer stocked.
I tried to get the tech to explain to me how a heat sink can fail. It's a piece of metal, no? He was unable to explain.
I only need this machine to work for another month or two at the most, while I order a new one and move everything over.
Here's my question: Can I get something to add more cooling capacity? I'm thinking about something that will force air into or out of one of the air vents creating more circulation. I see a bunch of USB fans available, but I don't know how much air would actually get inside. Plus, would they would draw more current and make the situation worse?
I;d appreciate any suggestions
Edited by Cynthia Moore, 26 December 2016 - 09:50 PM.