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Overheating and rebooting

Hi,

I have a heatsink and fan plus I have added an additional fan to my case. My machine keeps warning of overheating and then it rebots by itself. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Wayne

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  • whart73 Jul 26, 2008

    Thanks, straight after I posted I found it was full of dust and cleaned it. This helped but is is still getting hot. I have noticed one of the clips holding the heatsink to the motherboard is faulty. I will have to try and get hold of another heatsink or at least the clips.

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Check fan is working and check heatsink for being clogged up with dust etc. you have to remove fan to check heatsink underneath the vanes on it should be clean with no dust on.
also have you overclocked your cpu

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