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Registered: ‎09-14-2011
Location: Russia
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SL500 shuts down because of videocard overheating

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After 2 years of use (and successfully breaking left hinge this summer Smiley LOL) my SL500 began suddenly shutting down, especially if games or something similiarly CPU-overloading is running. When I turn it on again, cooler rotates like crazy (and sometimes display stays black with NumLock and CapsLock indicators turned on).

I'm suspecting dust, but I can't open cooler section to see and clean it.

 

Please help. It's very annoying.

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Re: SL500 shuts down for no reason

You can use HWMonitor to see your temperatures.

It sounds like overheating though...

You can take off the keyboard to clean the fan:
http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/43y6762_03.pdf
W520: i7-2720QM, Q2000M at 1080/688/1376, 21GB RAM, 500GB + 750GB HDD, FHD screen & MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
Y3P: 5Y70, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, QHD+ screen
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Re: SL500 shuts down for no reason

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I've got why I can't remove thermal door. I'll try to remove it after next shutdown.

 

As for program, thanks.

 

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...Have you ever seen TONS of dust? I've seen that amount in radiator of my laptop.

Now it's clean. Thanks.

\\the problem of opening thermal door was the foolproof - hidden screw. Screw it. But removing keyboard is masahism.

 

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Wait, wha?... again!?

 

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Got it. Videocard is still overheating.

So... where is it?

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Re: SL500 shuts down for no reason

I'm going to visit service center tomorrow. Hoping on any results.
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Re: SL500 shuts down for no reason

I cleaned out an X61 after a year or two of neglect. There were chunks of dust almost the size of a marble.

You may need to repaste as well.
W520: i7-2720QM, Q2000M at 1080/688/1376, 21GB RAM, 500GB + 750GB HDD, FHD screen & MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
Y3P: 5Y70, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, QHD+ screen
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Re: SL500 shuts down for no reason

I'm afraid I'll need to repaste it. :\