Overclocked CPU? Need fix!
Posted 15 November 2005 - 09:30 PM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 09:48 PM
There should be an adjustment in the BIOS to set the clock speed....but I'm sure no expert on this. You might want to pose this question to the folks over In This Forum.
Edited by wannabe1, 15 November 2005 - 09:48 PM.
Posted 15 November 2005 - 10:14 PM
Easiest way to solve this problem is to reset the computers bios back to it's default settings. To do this, do the follow:
- Turn off your computer
- Remove the power cord from the back of your computer
- Open the side panel
- Locate the CMOS battery (it's shiny stainless steel about the size of a nickel) and remove it
- Wait at LEAST 5 minutes
- Put the CMOS battery back in
- Re-attach the side panel
- Re-attach the power cord to the back of the computer
- Power on your computer
Posted 16 November 2005 - 12:50 AM
Anything else you can suggest?
Posted 16 November 2005 - 12:59 AM
Download Speed Fan (Click on the SpeedFan 4.26 link in the second paragraph), install it, and run it to monitor voltages and temperatures. Post the low temps you see immediately after starting the machine and the temps after the machine has run for a while.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 02:09 PM
it started below 36C, and in a matter of 10 minutes it was at 42C in the red. It got up to 46C before it crashed again.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 03:43 PM
If your hard drive is running at 46C, I wonder what the CPU temp is! Too bad not all motherboards have sensors for the CPU.
Are the CPU cooler fins free of dust and is the fan running at good speed?
Posted 16 November 2005 - 04:03 PM
Could my HD running too hot cause a shutdown as well? I don't even know where to look for a HD fan.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 04:27 PM
Yes, an overheatd HDD can cause problems, but it is usually the CPU that will crash the machine when it gets too hot. An overheating power supply can also cause problems similar to this...do you clean it out regularly, as well?
Have you looked in the BIOS settings to see if there is a CPU temperature listed there?
You can see a sample of HDD coolers HERE. They should be available just about anywhere computer parts are sold. I bought mine at a Staples Office Supply store here.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 04:31 PM
Is it possible to check the BIOS settings while I have my computer running, or just at startup? Because the temperature during a session would be good to see.
So I may have to actually purchase a HDD cooler? Why would it be running so hot in the first place?
Posted 16 November 2005 - 05:58 PM
Another thing that can cause these kinds of symptoms is a video card that's getting hot and going bad. If you have a separate video card (not onboard or integrated), this is something you might check.
This still smells of a hot processor to me, though. If you have a small fan, try opening the case and using the fan to circulate more air through the case. If this solves the problem, an additional case fan might do the trick.
Keep us posted on what you find...
Posted 16 November 2005 - 06:28 PM
I think I will try switching to my integrated video to see if my video card is the problem. That would be sad though.
I guess I could buy a bigger and better CPU fan and see if that helps. They can't be too much $$.
I should also get ready to get a new HD. They are not too expensive these days either.
I have had nothing but trouble with this PC. The last thing was my motherboard capacitors started oozing and the whole thing had to be replaced. That problem had these same symptoms, but I see no leakage this time.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 06:38 PM
Posted 16 November 2005 - 07:16 PM
I found that it is not my video card, and also not my HD. It crashed while my HD temp was low, and while I had disabled my video card.
So, I guess it is still the CPU. A new fan is definitely in order.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 07:25 PM
Good troubleshooting, kirithebrave!
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