I'm currently running Windows 7 RC and have been for the past month and a half or so. Everything has always been fine up until the past two days or so. Two nights ago, my monitor went into standby while I was watching some YouTube videos. I had the side of my PC case off at the time and I could feel heat pumping oout and a weird smell coming from the case.
I shut the power off and unplugged the computer and reached in and touched the GPU's heatsink and it was extremely hot to the touch. So I figured the problem was that the GPU was overheating. My GPU is a Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT with 1 Gig of RAM. Since this had never happened before, I chalked the problem up to the new Graphic driver Windows Update had me install a few hours earlier. So I went to the Nvidia website and installed their latest driver for the GPU but the problem still persists.
At first it seemed to be with watching videos, now it's just after so long of the PC running the monitor goes into standby so I'm assuming the GPU is still getting too hot.
I've done all that I can to give it more breathing room, such as cleaning the entire case out, blowing dust away and removing unneeded components around the GPU.
I downloaded and ran SpeedFan, which told me the GPU is idling at about 61C-62C. I understand that may be pretty hot, but I just can't understand why this is a problem now, all of a sudden, when for the past month or so everything was fine.
As for Windows 7, my PC passed all the requirements needed to install and my machine has 2 Gigs of RAM, if that helps.
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.