Cpu shutting down?

By jazzymattnasty
Feb 27, 2008
  1. running a lot of music programs with 24/48 waves and midi keys as well
    notice that it runs smooth until it gets heated up then it starts wigging out and just shuts down i check the temp when its starts messing up its up to 69
    have pci fans pulling air our as well one in the back of the case and one in the front and standard cpu fan what can i do ????
  2. jazzymattnasty

    jazzymattnasty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    running :)
    asus p5e-vm hdmi motherboard
    intel core 2 cpu e8400
    4gb of ram but its only reading 3.1 ?
    350 sata main drive
    36gb sata raptor drive
    firewire audio interface
    anybody know what i can and cant do? or what the problem might be
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    You can reseat your current heatsink with a better thermal compound, buy a new heatsink all together, or load your case up with fans and hope for the best.

    I'd just buy an aftermarket heatsink unless you applied the thermal compound yourself (as in, there wasn't a pad on the heatsink, or you removed it and had things your way). You might of applied too much if this is the case.
  4. jazzymattnasty

    jazzymattnasty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks any suggestions on a good heatsink? and compund? or any will do?
    and also is this bad thats it shuts off like it does? or is it expected running what im running?
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    Generally, unless you overclock the stock heatsink should provide sufficient enough cooling. I'd make sure you have it installed properly before buying a new one.

    It's not to be expected, no. It should not be overheating. That said is it bad in the sense that you don't want your chip to hit high enough temperatures where it throttles or your system shuts down. However, if it is overheating, better to shut down than to melt into it's socket :/.

    Check out for heatsinks and thermal compound. There are plenty to choose from.

    By the way, the 32bit version of XP won't detect 4GB of RAM, 3.1GB is about the best you're going to get with that OS.
  6. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Your processor is probably just over heating, It will automatically shut itself down to avoid damage like Zeno has said.

    A good thermal compound is:

    I recommend Arctic Silver for thermal pastes

    A good heatsink is (Just be sure you have room, this thing is huge):

    You can go for something cheaper but as for choosing from a manufacturer I recommend stuff from ZALMAN,+Ltd

    Thats the list for CPU heat sinks from ZALMAN, lots of goodies to chose from ;3
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    Not to bash on Zalman products, they are nice indeed. However for performance:cost you can get something that provides similar cooling capabilities (if not, better) for less cash.

    What is your budget jazzymattnasty?
  8. jazzymattnasty

    jazzymattnasty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i just fixed i think haha
    i bought a off brand fan the dude at frys was try to sell me some ill *** zalman wich i was down for when i seen it but then i saw the price haha
    but it seems okay??? the only thing now is i get a cpu fan error message on start up and i check the temp with the motherboard programs and it says it 250C??? but its not shutting down ? and i check in the bios on start up and it says its 3 c???
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    Do you have the three or four pin fan connector attached to your motherboard?
  10. jazzymattnasty

    jazzymattnasty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    three pin connector
  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    ...Okay, and is it attached to the proper place on your motherboard?
  12. jazzymattnasty

    jazzymattnasty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    define "proper place" haha jk
    yeah it is now , no cpu fan error but the temp still reads 250 celsius ? is this just my computer tripping?
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    Your PC would not be on if the CPU temperature were 250C, I'd expect incorrect readings, yes.

    250C is roughly 180C (356F) higher than the maximum temperature your CPU can run at. The system would either be shutting off or you'd have a CPU melting to your motherboard.
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