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rebooting gateway xp going on for 4 months now


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yes I need to clean out the Heatsink!
i will get a compressed air can tomorrow
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Post on progress...
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wow this there is a good chance this is the problem?
or is it safe to say this is it for sure?
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Well, you had two problems: missing drivers, which we fixed already, and overheating, which is serious. Don't use that computer until the problem is fixed, or you can cause serious damages.
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yes, i am afraid too.
I have not completely cleaned it out in 4 years.
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It MAY be just a matter of cleaning.
When you'll be hitting fans with compressed air, use pencil to prevent blades from spinning.
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what else would it be besides cleaning?
would i need to purchase a new fan?
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It's hard to say before you open the case, and see what's going on, so let's wait until tomorrow.
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ok cleaned it out. turned it on, saw all the fans moving.
temp was 47 C but as i opened applications and moved my mouse and just as the pc was on longer, the temperature was rising. it went to 55 C. im sure if i would leave it on even more and try to work on a song. it would rise to 60 C
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I'm not a hardware expert, but you may need to apply fresh thermal paste.
Your best bet is to repost under hardware section, since we clearly know now, what your problem is.
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ok thank you for your help.
much appreciated :)
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You're welcome :)
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