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Computer Is Overheating Warning Signs


Last Reviewed: 04-Apr-2018
Article ID: 000005791

Note
  • Intel® Processors have built-in thermal protection. If the processor gets too hot, the built-in protection shuts down the processor. If your computer is not overclocked, and is running under the design specifications, the built-in protection can help prevent damage to your system. What do I do if my computer is overheating?
  • If you use a third-party software to measure the temperature or the BIOS readings, contact the software vendor to ensure the software is validated to work with your processor

Computer overheating warning signs

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Unusual fan sounds

Most computers have two fans, one fan that cools the power supply, and one that cools the processor. If a fan starts to make unusual whirring, clicking, clunking, or a musical sound or beep, the fan might be failing. If the fan is the problem, always replace, never repair.

Crashing, hanging, or blue screen

If a fan does fail, the computer might start up properly but then start to overheat. The most common result is a blue screen. If you keep getting a Windows error and a blue screen, check the cooling fan and the air flow coming or going from your computer.

Constantly restarts or shuts down

To prevent damage to components, the computer shuts down or restarts if it senses an overheating issue. The system might restart every few minutes until the problem is resolved. This often occurs if the processors is overclocked. The BIOS usually reports if a thermal event has occurred.

Increasing or sustaining a high temperature on idle state

It is normal for the processors reach to a high temperature when performing stress test or utilizing the processors at 100% of its usage. Intel Processors are not expected to have overheating issues when the compatible fan/cooling solution is used.

Caution
If you purchased your computer from a computer manufacturer such as Gateway* or Dell*, you might void your warranty by opening your computer case. Contact your system manufacturer if you are experiencing any of the warning signs listed above.
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