11-02-2010 04:09 PM
I'm using a very trustworthy 2.5 year-old T500 running Vista SP2 32-bit and my laptop has begun to have the same spontaneous shutdown problems as other users who've written here. I suspect it's overheating. I normally use my T500 on a docking station, which may or may not exacerbate an overheating issue.
I want to address this problem to ensure that I can continue to progress on my PhD dissertation (!) without crises, so I have taken some of the steps previously recommended for this problem here on this board. I installed TPFC today to begin monitoring CPU temperature and it appears that it runs between 55 and 65 C. Other temps listed are lower. I also made necessary adjustments in Power Settings to maximize fan speed and allow CPU speed to float. I also removed the battery so I'm using AC power with no battery/recharging processes to add to the problem, though I'm not certain that last part will make any difference.
I want to also clean the fan since I'm sure it's probably dirty after 2.5 years of continous use in my house. How can I take my laptop apart to clean the cooling fan? Or is this something I should take it to a repair shop to accomplish?
Thanks in advance for your advice.
11-02-2010 06:42 PM
11-02-2010 10:01 PM
Thanks for the link.
You make another good point. What temperatures are acceptable/too warm for the CPU? I have no idea. Mine has hovered between 55 and 65 all day since I installed the TPFC app. (I assume the other temps don't matter as much as the CPU.)
11-03-2010 05:33 AM
11-03-2010 05:55 AM
I've actually set the TPFC on manual 7 to make sure my fan is on max speed - and my temps are still rising to 65 or 70 once in awhile. I'm also not feeling much air movement near my vents. I can hear the fan change speed when I change the setting, but I don't feel any air movement.
11-03-2010 06:09 AM
11-03-2010 06:23 AM
Thanks. Armed with the manual and a little confidence about the diagnosis, I think I'll attempt to take this thing apart and get it cleaned up.
Thanks for your help.
11-03-2010 06:41 AM
11-03-2010 06:47 AM - edited 11-03-2010 07:28 AM
No, my machine is not under warranty any longer. I agree, if it was, there's no way I'd risk voiding it by tearing it apart myself.
Thanks for causing me to double check. I DO have a few months of warranty left, so this baby is going to a professional! I could probalby do it myself, but why risk it?