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Some serious heating issues

by nutritional / March 8, 2013 8:53 AM PST

Help! My lap is on fire!

Specs :
Asus i5 2430m
6gb Ram
Nvidia GeForce 540m


This computer as of late has been on fire! I mean almost literally, yesterday on core temp I registered 101 degrees while playing WoW.

Today I went and bought the Microsoft notebook cooling base but I am still clocking over 90 degrees.

I have pulled the computer apart and cleaned out all dust and debris, the computer is elevated with the cooling fan underneath it.

My GPU temperature is running at expected temps.

Normal usage such as internet browsing, playing video : 60 degrees.

Computer on idle runs in the low 50's.

I don't understand what could be causing this extreme heat. I mean its just WoW...

Picture of the heating programs :

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The 540m and "laptop"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 9:21 AM PST

No, that's not unexpected in laptops. You claim you found dust and more but didn't replace the heat sink compounds while inside. Why not? You were that close to doing the full job.

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re heatsink
by nutritional / March 8, 2013 9:29 AM PST
In reply to: The 540m and "laptop"

Im not exactly sure what the heat sink compounds are tbh

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 1:15 PM PST
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Clean it up...
by Willy / March 8, 2013 9:33 PM PST

Blow out the dust bunnies and make darn sure any vents are cleared as well. Once all that is done, be certain any fans installed do work. As for cpu paste, known as thermal compound, check to see if present and/or is fully applied. Under extreme heat build-up it can splatter and exit the area it's suppose to be working on. Just re-apply and go from there. I supply a link for reapplication:


Sometimes a cleaning of dust may only move it further down the exhaust vent, so be sure it is cleared. Also, use your laptop on a hard surface. because, you're into gaming that will provide more usage and into the extreme side, no matter what you think, it just does. So, taking that into consideration if your laptop wasn't sold as a game platform, then you're pushing it. Check your laptop fan setting, if applicable it may have more active(higher RPM) to engage more quickly, etc.. You also may have an "iffy" fan that may cut out as its been too active under duress and starting to fail.

tada -----Willy Happy

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