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My Emachine T3085, has a problem. I have had this computer for about 3 years or so and all of the sudden about every 15 seconds everything on my desktop disapears (icons, any open windows, and start menu bar). My internet still works and I am able to go to web sites. I downloaded a virus scanner and I have deleted all of the found viruses. Ever heard of this problem before? Please Help!! Thanks

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1. Remove the cover
2. Check to see if dirt and dust have collected on the CPU fan

If dirty move to step 3

3. remove the heat sink assemboly
4. wash it under warm watter , use a little windex if you need to , scape off the old thermal compound
5. dry it off , make sure it's dry
7. use some thermal paste from the computer store or radio shack or online , to replace the old thermal compound.
8. reattach the heat sink fan assemboly to the processor
9. start the computer.
10. if you have no farther errors , that means you did a good job pat yourself on the back and have a snack cake.

Loch Hiam !


Posted on Sep 18, 2008

  • Steven Brown Sep 22, 2008

    I believe your problem may be the motherboard


    Is an AMD Athlon XP 3000+

    AMD Athlon XP3000+ ( if these CPUs overheat they will not shut down , but the motherboard will shut them down )

    You could be experiencing thermal shutdown not because of overheat of the CPU since you cleaned it.

    but a thermal shutdown because the motherboards thermal settings a configured incorrectly in the bios.

    Check to make sure.

    Let me know what happens.

    if thats not the case , you may have a faulty motherboard.



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