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Repeat Performance by My Computer
For the second time ever, my computer made a siren sound and then promptly shut off. I'm pretty sure that's probably the temperature warning sound. It is a little warm in the house, and the air flow is kind of constricted with the cover on the computer. Not to mention the air I felt the case fan pulling in seemed warmer than the rest of the air around the computer.

Interesting. I've taken the cover off the case to improve air circulation and hopefully keep it from over heating again.

*goes back to Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories*

Update: Make that three times now. I'm just going to leave it off for a little while and go take a shower. (It's 77°F in here, or more)

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imsaguy From: imsaguy Date: April 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Taking the case off HURTS the air flow. The fans are setup such a way to create an air flow that causes air to flow over the vital components helping to keep them cool. If you take the cover off, the airflow pathway gets destroyed. The only time taking the cover off is beneficial is if you have a large fan blowing on the entire computer.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 1st, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok, ok, fine. *puts the cover back on* I just figured that since the air the case fan was blowing in felt warmer than the surrounding air it would be better to have the cover off.

We've turned the AC on so the house temperature has gone down a few degrees. It should (I hope) be ok now. The air the case fan is pulling in definitely feels cooler now.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: April 1st, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You may have the thresholds set too low.

Next time it happens go into the bios. You can see the current temperature (of the cpu and the case) and the warning and critical values in there.

The CPU fan you have may be inadequate, or going bad. Make sure there isn't any dust accumulated in your CPU heatsink and fan, as this lowers its effectiveness.

You have multiple hard drives and stuff, so you might need an extra casefan.

If you have a spot for another case fan let me know. I have an unopened silent case fan here that I can give you.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 1st, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually only have one hard drive in the computer now (it is the big one, though, and some people in the reviews section said it tends to get quite warm). I may look into a drive slot fan or something to cool it down.

I went to the BIOS the first two times it did this. It was/is set on the maximum the BIOS would allow, which is warning at 70°C and shutting down at 75°C. I installed a CPU temperature monitor in Linux and right now it's hovering between 58°C and 62°C.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: April 1st, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
it could be the fan speed sensor and not the temperature sensor if you are having an intermittent fan problem.
neo_prodigy From: neo_prodigy Date: April 1st, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
you must own a dell.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 1st, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eh, it's a barebones do-it-yourself kind of thing I put together over my old one. The only thing in it right now that was in my old one is the CD/DVD drive, believe it or not (and I'm looking into getting a new one of those too). Nothing else is the same. :-P
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