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Computer suddenly started running hot

I have an HP xw8200 workstation with 2 Xeon 3.4 GHz CPUs. They're not overclocked or anything and have never overheated before. The rooom temperature is about 75F and ambient temp inside the case is 39C. However one CPU is running 59C and the other hovers around 62C. The max for these is 72C, I think. The fans are turning and the side cover is removed, and I have cleaned the inside of the computer, including the fans on the CPU fans. The unit has shut down a couple of times when I've tried to reboot (with five beeps, which can indicate CPU failure). Any sugesstions would be appreciated.

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  • Ikijibiki May 15, 2009

    You need to look at the specs for my particular computer. And I personally remounted the CPUs (and applied Arctic Silver to the CPU as I have done with other computers on numerous occasions), and this was months before the overheating issue. So no, your comments were not helpful, especially that this is not rocket science. I assure you I have worked through the troubleshooting steps.



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Check your voltage. Get an app like "Hardware Sensors Monitor" I think that you can find it on And then see what is going on. Also, is humid where the computer is. I had this problem recently. Even though the outside temp was only about 60F, the humidity was cause things to run really hot. It was apparently causing some sort of short. Beyond try reapplying some better thermal paste, and better heat sink.

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  • thadrin Jun 10, 2009

    Oh yeah! I can not say enough about dusting the thing. You can get one little dust bunny dislodge and gum up your whole works.


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I would look at the cpu's before judging the fans on this, also if everything checks out with the cpu's then why don't you try a compund that goes on the cpu before the fan, this compond is safe and will knock like 6-10 C off the top of the heat. Also You need two fans blowiing out and one blowing in and do not interupt the ariflow, make sure you have no holes,such as missing slot covers ETC ETC.. there is not real rocket science to cooling on this manner, Thank you

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    How about a little better rating then that? This did not help you?




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