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Dusting the Heatsink? Samsung Notebook


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My laptop is a year and a half old. Some time ago, I was able to browse the internet, and play games that my notebook could handle and it would not overheat. As of late, it is starting to overheat just browsing the internet and watching videos. I find myself needing an actual fan to be on it at all times and whenever I would shut the fan off to see how long before it would overheat, it would not take long. I have looked around the net and many sources have said to try to clean your heatsink. I have a Samsung R-Series notebook, the model number is NP-R580. I have also looked up on how to disassemble the laptop, but do not trust myself to do such a task. Is a can of compressed air the only way to go? Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advanced.
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If it has been used in a dusty, dog cat hairs etc environment then there is a chance that dust in the vents and now on the cooling fins of the processor may be the problem

Before actually seeing if we can get some idea of temps, have you made any changes in BIOS to overclock anything - that is a prime cause of the problem

also please check
. Make sure that you didn't accidentally engage Speed Mode, which would force the processors to run at maximum performance. You can toggle between Speed Mode, Normal, and Silent Mode by holding down the Fn key and clicking F8.

I am a little unsure as to if that Samsung has that facility, many samsung latops do, and sometimes it s called gaming mode
You will have to check your user manual if you do not know
It is basically an automated overclock
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Thank you for your reply. I have had a dog in my apartment in the past year, and having moved to another location, I gave him to my parents, so I do not live with the dog anymore. He has shed a lot in the past, so perhaps that could have contributed to the problem. Upon using the Fn - f8, my computer was in normal mode. Since it's overheating in normal mode, I don't even want to try to send it into Speed Mode. I don't recall going into the BIOS to overclock anything. I never had to really.
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Have you checked all visible vents of the case
I certainly would not want you to try speedmode, as I said ensure you have not accidentally enaged that mode

What OS please eg Windows 7 professional, Vista Ultimate etc.

Please download this and send me the screenshot
the free edition - right hand side of link page

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http://www.cpuid.com.../hwmonitor.html


and check yourself as far as you can with these details here please

http://www.notebookc...ok.25529.0.html

and check these vents please
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My OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

My temps are in the screenshot and I have checked the vents and there is no visible dust or hair in them.
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Well there is nothing wrong as far as that is concerned.
Please load the computer, run graphics - video etc and then immediately run HW monitor again and compare
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I tried a few times to get a screenshot when it would start acting up, but I was unable to save it before it would shut itself down. Approximately, I saw that my Intel Core i3 330M first core was running at 183 F. It would get to a point where the computer's sound would start skipping, everything will slow down, the mouse would be skipping and the laptop in general would slow down. Then it would shut itself off.
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There is it appears something seriously wrong

have you installed any MAKE my computer go faster program, some allege to be capable of turning the computer into the ideal gaming machine

See the link I sent you on my post 4 with the details for that laptop pn HWINFO tests and then run the HWINFO


http://www.hwinfo.com/index.html

choosing the one for your windows - do not run the BETA
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I have not installed such a program because I believe they don't do anything. I have downloaded the program and am using it. What am I looking for?
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Using this link you will see the data on HWINFO for that computer could you please run it and compare yours
http://www.notebookc...ok.25529.0.html

as that 183 F is 83.8889 C
which you will see is shown on the link as the temp on core of the cpu but on a stress test
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When I ran it normally and just let my laptop sit there, it was about the same normal ranged as the test on that page. When I started to stress out my computer, around 6 minutes it started to reach 80 Celsius and I didn't want my laptop to shut itself down again, so I stopped. But it doesn't take long to reach that breaking point of 83 C.
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See if you can send me this please

http://www.piriform....speccy/download

the free edition and here is how to publish it and send me the URL
http://www.piriform....file-to-the-web


and also please see if this


http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

can provide us with an indication of the fan speeds on your computer as if you compare your HW screenshot on post 5 with mine on post 4 you will see that they are not listed

I hope it does not seem a silly question but is it apparent that the fan is working -
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