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Laptop acts like CPU is overheating - after ~ 15 mins. computer slows to crawl, both fans start and never stop running.

My laptop, which has been working great for the past 6 years, had 1 GB free on a 20 GB hard drive. To free space I removed several programs including Norton SystemWorks. I also added a USB Linksys Wireless device and driver to connect my recently subscribed DSL connection. It was around this time that I noticed that after about 15 minutes of running the two fans at the rear of the laptop would come on and never shut off. Also, the computer would start to slow down to the point of making any browsing impossible.

I purchased “The Ultimate Troubleshooter” to see what I could find. Besides some minor program issues and suggestions, which when corrected did nothing for the slow down issue, I did notice the “Load Unload Cycle Count” was not “OK”. My understanding is that this is a hard drive problem and should not cause an overheating processor-like symptom. I also took the keyboard off to see if the inside of the computer was dirty, but everything was clean (I monthly use canned air to clean the grill). I did notice that, when taking the heat plate off from the processor, there was no adhesive. This did not seem to be a problem for six years, so I doubt this is the cause of the slow down (I did make sure no oils from my hands touched the processor or plate).

The processor does slow down, so it should be able to cool. The Pentium III does not have a heat sensor, so I don’t know the temperatures involved. It does not appear to be enough to shut down the computer.

Is the processor going bad? Does the plate and processor need thermo adhesive? Could the Load Unload Cycle Count be the cause of the slow down? Did I remove something critical when I uninstalled the programs? Do I have a bad driver (all appear to be up to date)?

I would appreciate any help or advise you can provide.

Thank you,
Francis Scott Zimmer
fsz@dreamscape.com

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I agree with Joe Boss. with only 1G of free space, you don't have much room for a swap file. Removing your keyboard and using compressed air can be good and bad. Some heat sink/cooling fan assemblies need to cleaned out from the outside in (to remove dust and etc from the inside of the cooling fins) otherwise the cpu could get hot and slow down.

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Sounds like the hdd is just loaded if all you have freei s 1 gb and that makes the cpu move slower no if 6 yrs aith out goop is fine not that.
1. I suggest backing up only important personal data and formating & reloading the original (prefered oem xp for example) or any upgraded os you have access to eith software or some computers have a recovery process on the hard drive ( hit f X to start recovery process) this will clean all the junk off & give you back your original speed only install what programs / data needed use a good antivirus such as avast and antispyware such as defender from windows

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