How can you troubleshoot this thermal issue?

Published on February 3rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

Last modified on August 13th, 2012 at 3:49 pm



You’ve been watching your hardware monitoring software, and you’ve noticed that the temperature of your CPU has increased dramatically in the last few weeks. What’s the most likely cause of the issue?

A) Your computing cycles have increased over the last few weeks

B) The temperature sensor inside of your computer is faulty

C) The fan on your computer isn’t able to pull cool air through the computer

D) The CPU in your computer is failing

E) A small family of guinea pigs has taken a home on your Northbridge


The answer: C) The fan on your computer isn’t able to pull cool air through the computer

Most thermal issues that occur in a computer are due to a decrease of cool air pulled through the computer. This is usually resolved by cleaning fans, replacing fans, or cleaning dust from the inside and outside of your system.

Want to know more? Watch “Cooling Systems Installation and Troubleshooting.”

Installing a CPU fan or case fan is a simple process, and this video will show you how easy it is to select an install a new fan in your computer. We’ll also provide you with some tips for maintaining the proper airflow through your system and where you can find free software monitoring tools to check on the internal temperature of your computer.

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