Processors get hot. So they use a heatsink and fan to pull the heat away from the cpu and out of the case. To make this more efficient, thermal compound, either a paste, or a pad, is placed between the cpu and heatsink. It has to be done just right, too much makes a mess and becomes less efficient, not enough or uneven, makes it less efficient, which makes the cpu get heat spikes.
Originally posted by TheProphetMark
Originally posted by BinarySamurai
You do realize that if the fan was damaged there could of been damage to the cpu before you got it. Shutting down randomly is a very hard thing to track down the cause of. You could have a failing hard drive, unseated or bad memory, blown capacitors, and so on.
Hmm there was damage to the fan. Just a peice of it broken off. Think of a flower with pedels, just take one of those off and that's basically how I can explain that. That peice was cracked, and clogged the fan and stopped it from spinning. I just removed it, that's all. The fan is working now.
A failing hard drive? I think my hard drive is pretty darn good, runs smooth, error free, I really don't have any problems at all with it. Apart from that shut down problem. But blown capacitors? Although, I'm not excatly sure what symtoms that a blown capacitors would present; nor have I ever dealt with that kind of thing before but if you thought of it, I don't know maybe it's likely to be the problem.
Originally posted by godfather420
This is pretty simple.
My last 3 laptops have all done the same thing.
I would not trust CoreTemp to save your ass everytime.
After a while the fan outlet gets dusty, clogged and does not move air anymore. The Thermal Paste dries out and becomes in-effective.
What you must do is take the laptop apart until you get to heatsink and fan outlet. Take the heatsink off of your GPU and CPU, clean off old thermal paste thoroughly. Then clean the fan outlet of dust to ensure full airflow. Now apply your new thermal paste (always get the premium gray colored stuff) to your GPU/CPU, re-affix the heatsink to the motherboard and voila. It will be like a new laptop.
Again, this must be done from time to time regardless of how many programs you install to protect from overheating.
You will eventually have to do this again, depending on where you use your laptop it may be a year maybe 2.
I have done it 3 times in one year, but only because my shop gets dusty when I cut stuff on the CNC table.
edit on 28-5-2012 by godfather420 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SoymilkAlaska
reply to post by TheProphetMark
Mark, i didn't read the giant wall of text, im sorry.
but what your saying sounds alot like a virus, or a prank.
someone or something might have set an annoying countdown timer on your computer, setting it to automatically shut down after a set/ or even random amount of time, causing you great inconvenience.
you need a professional to find that shut down timer and fix it.
it may or may not be linked to an icon on your desktop that you commonly click on.
think: does it ALWAYS happen after i click my internet browser? that's a common area for a prank.
good luck, i hope you fix your computer. peace.