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Hello, I have a dell inspirion 5315. I play wow and whenever i'm gaming it shuts down completely. I cleaned the dust out and reseated my heat sink with thermal glue. The problem still persists only when I'm gaming....Should I reset my bios? If so, how do I do it. Thanks

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Double check that everything is seated properly. remove obstacles from the vents of your pc to allow better air flow. usually the case is that something isn't seated or plugged in properly.

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