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#1 tl2e3le4f

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 06:02 PM

Recently when I have been playing the latest games that require a lot of cpu power, my computer shuts down automatically while I am playing without warning. This didn't happen before about a year ago when I just got my computer even though I played games like Oblivion which takes a lot. Could it be overheating because of dust or maybe the fans? Can you guys give me some suggestions on what to do? Thanks!

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 06:51 PM

That would be the first thing to do. Get a can of compressed air, Blow out the CPU heatsink and graphics card if you have one. Make sure the computer has enough air flow around it, not down on the floor shoved up against the wall. In the front of the case, even if you don't have a fan, there will be a series of holes for incoming air. That usually gets plugged up
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#3 tl2e3le4f

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:25 PM

alright thanks ill try it this weekend. but um this might sound dumb but... where can i get a can of compressed air? hehe

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:57 PM

At a computer store or in the computer section of most major retailers (WalMart, Target, BestBuy, etc).
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:48 PM

oh.. but if possible i'd rather buy it online. dont really want to go out to compusa which is kinda far. also i see a lot of different kinds online but i dont know which one to get. anyone know a cheap, effective brand? or are the all the same? lol

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 12:54 AM

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:58 PM

Air is air. You just don't want air that's so fast it blows the connections off. You can even use lung power - but it's not as effective as a can. I've used a garage compressor and stood way, way back when using it - but you'd do that at your own risk.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:56 PM

ok i just tried it and found out the problem wasnt dust. but i downloaded speedfan and found out my cpu temp was around 50 C when my comp was doing nothing. when i did nothing it went up to 60s and 70s. but speedfan is broken for me because it doesnt let me control my fan speed. i set it on 100% but it does nothing, doesnt even get louder. can anyone help?

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 12:24 AM

It could be that your fan is toast.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 12:29 AM

May I suggest that you put another fan inside your computer?

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:04 AM

thanks for the help guys finally figured it out. i needed to go into bios and set the fan stuff there. other programs like speedfan didnt work. so finally my fan is pumping at its max. it hasnt shut down on me yet..

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:08 AM

Good work and thanks for letting us know how you solved your problem.
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