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  Urgent problem with possible overheating? 
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Hamid Mithoowani Nov 23, 2005, 02:40pm EST Report Abuse
I have an antec sonata case, which normally runs ver quietly. I had to move and on when I got back, the machine was running louder than normal and occasionally the system would hang, when restarted it would sometimes claim overclocking failed (I haven't overclocked this system) and bring me to the bios.

This isn't where the real problem begins. I decided to take out the cpu and heatsink and reinstall it. When I was doing this, some of the thermal paste came off on my fingers. Now, the machine just completely powers down after 10-15 seconds, despite multiple attempts of reattatching the heatsink. The fans are working fine I think, and the system hangs at different parts. Somtimes right after IDE detection and other times after the windows screen flashes. I think this has to do with overheating, but did the thermal paste really result in a dramatic change? And where should I go from here?


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Surpher805 Nov 23, 2005, 03:03pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Urgent problem with possible overheating?
Here'a rule of thumb.
Every time you remove the heat sink from the processor you must clean all the old thermal grease off and apply a new layer.

get new thermal grease on there before you damage the CPU.

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Hamid Mithoowani Nov 23, 2005, 03:06pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Urgent problem with possible overheating?
I have some updated stats that confirms the whole overheating thing. I went into the bios, the cpu temperature started at 85 degrees! and kept going to 95.5, until it went red and the system shut off. Another alarming stat was the cpu fan running at 2576 rpm, which was also red. So, the fans are working I'm guessing and the power is working, does this mean its the paste? or should i just switch the whole heatsink? These values arent too accurate because I was trying to search for a pen while this was going on before the system rebooted, so if there is any information anyone needs, please let me know.

Also, the cpu can get damaged?

Thanks again,

Rep 99099 Nov 23, 2005, 04:25pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Urgent problem with possible overheating?
Do as Surpher said, and re-apply the thermal grease.

Remove the HSF from the CPU and clean all of the old grease off of the HSF and CPU, get it nice and clean.
Now apply some new grease and re-attach the HSF to the CPU.

If you are using a stock HSF, you could purchase a new setup for better cooling but it is not totally necessary.
Especially if it was working just fine at good temps before.

Adam Kolak Nov 23, 2005, 04:33pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Urgent problem with possible overheating?
Yeah dont even turn that thing on till you get some new thermal paste on that thing, especially if its an older AMD, if its an Intel just cook it who cares!,jk, no acctually Intels dont fry as quickly as AMDs do (haha remember that video on tom's?)

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Hamid Mithoowani Nov 23, 2005, 05:02pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Urgent problem with possible overheating?
Thanks for the help, I will pick up some thermal paste tomorrow and let you guys know what happens.



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