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AMD Athlon x2 overheating

By eyemfedup2
Jul 12, 2010
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  1. i have a amd athlon x2 3.2 GHz duo core and it suddenly started to get hot
    CPU fan seems to work fine
    i added another fan to the case, now i can run it a little longer before it starts too mess glitch out.
    never shuts down though.
    I'm running win 7 ultimate 64 so i cant install original chipset disc or the cool and quiet software.
    every time i try to download something for it it say cant open VxD???
    what is that?
    i cant really find out what it is or how to work around it
    tried dell download center
    setup is about 5 years old, maybe a little less.
    I'm thinking about purchasing a copper quad core heat sink and fan to try to compensate.
    your thoughts?
    my mobo is a asus m2n-mx-se plus

    I'm running off mobo graphics

    put a athlon x2 duo core in it and it didn't have the overheating problem.
    what is VxD and whats up with that?
    thought id put a quad core in it but what I've read says i cant but guy at computer store says i can????
    does anyone know for sure
    thanks:)
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    What are your temperatures and why do you think your processor is overheating?
    I failed to understand half your post.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I'm with hellowkitty on this one.
    Have you talked to the Dell folks, or looked at their online help site.
    Most AMD Athlons run hot, but to say they are overheating is usually not the case.
     
  4. esbo

    esbo TS Rookie Posts: 161

    Has the weather been hot recently?
     
  5. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    yes a little bit but in ac room
    why do you ask?
     
  6. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    quote:Has the weather been hot recently?
    yes a little bit but in ac room
    sorry so short last reply wanted to change to a pci express video card to make sure the gpu wasn't going bad
    still does the robot like on youtube or something like that
     
  7. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    hi me again
    do you think a copper quad core CPU cooler would help?
    it works fine until it warms up?

    i have it in front of a/c and a fan sucking in cool air right in front of CPU and fan

    and what the heck is VxD?
    once again thanks
     
  8. esbo

    esbo TS Rookie Posts: 161


    Well things tend to over heat more when it is hot.

    Anyway what is the problem?


    Is it that you are loading your CPU so that it generates a lot of heat?

    Or is your PC getting hot for some unknown reason?

    All fans OK? No loose heatsinks?

    How do you know it is overheating?
     
  9. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    no sir
    all fans work and in front of a/c with intake fan in front of the vent
     
  10. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    no sir
    all fans working fine
    in front of a/c with a/c blowing into intake fan directly in-line with CPU
    didn't always do this
    used grey grease on CPU
    would copper quad core fan help
    found one with copper fins, tubes, and base
     
  11. esbo

    esbo TS Rookie Posts: 161

    So is it overheating at 0% CPU (or thereabouts?)
     
     
  12. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    Try downloading HWMonitor to check your CPU temperature. Also, have you cleaned any dust out of your CPU heatsink?
     
  13. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    Tmpin0 54c

    tmpin1 40c

    tmpin2 128c

    fans 99%


    cpu 85c


    core 0 56c

    core 1 57c

    mainboard 33c

    gpu core 59c

    assembly 31c

    air flow 31c

    these are the readings
     
  14. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I'm not sure why it would have different readings for "CPU" and the two cores. 56 or so degrees is perfectly safe, albeit a little warm, but 85 is quite toasty. And are these readings at idle, or load?

    Another thing to try to fix the problem is re-seating your CPU cooler, preferably with some new thermal paste, so that you can eliminate any possible issues of contact with the CPU.
     
  15. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    new grey paste

    readings at load and idle

    re-seating your CPU cooler how board came with 32 bit software

    every time i try download 64 bit cooling software i get error cant access or open VxD

    re-seating your CPU cooler

    your program worked fine
    help
     
  16. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I'm sorry, but what?
    Other than that, could you clarify a bit on what you have done already?


    Anyways, I don't see how any software could help with cooling, and it probably does not open because you are not running a 64 bit OS.
     
  17. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    reset CPU and fan new grease grey misunderstood you sorry
     
  18. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    swapped cpu with 2.7 duo, ram all at different steps
    ran memtes ok
    worked fine
    quad core copper cpu heat sink and fan?
     
  19. esbo

    esbo TS Rookie Posts: 161


    Hey thanks for that, it works a treat, I can see both my cores temps (54C).
    Never been able to a get a program to do that correctly before.
    I will be able to see how hot it gets on load now.
    Also has fan speed which is cool (no pun intended - lol)
     
  20. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    tmpin2 128c
    what about that and what is VxD
     
  21. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I'm sure a better heatsink/fan would not hurt, but how did you switch your CPU with a Core 2 Duo? That is physically impossible.

    About your tmpin2 being 128c, I would not worry about that. I have some temperatures showing in HWMonitor that are really high as well, but they will not cause any problems as long as they are not the CPU or GPU.

    Finally, here's what VxD is:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VxD
     
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