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HI, when I startup my laptop with xp, the found new hardware wizard starts. I have not installed any hardware, but if i let the wizard run, it says it can't install as there is no software.On my systems info, under other devices there is ATICDSDr, with a yellow !,. Also, after a few minutes running my laptop, a 2 tone double audio signal sounds, and my computer freezes, with sometimes my display wavering slightly. Any suggestions? thankyou

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Wild guess. The cpu overheated and the alarm went off then.

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It locked up. How long since you cleaned the heatsinks and are you able to see if the heatsinks are in place?

Bob

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heatsinks?

In reply to: Wild guess. The cpu overheated and the alarm went off then.

Bob,i have never cleaned the heatsinks, computer is about 4 years old, and i don't know how to anyway.

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Go for it

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Buy a can of compressed air at local office supply and use on dusty insides of case. You can use a small brush to attack obivous dust build-up as well then blow off remainder. It's pretty much straight foward cleaning, just open case to view what needs to be done after shutting down system.

tada -----Willy Happy

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If brush???

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Take care of ESD damage(static), beware of that. -----Willy

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Not a big deal. Here's the pictures.

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my temp is 49 degrees

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thanks everyone, i have tested the temp and it is 49..is that too hot b4 i try to clean it?

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Don't derail yourself.

In reply to: my temp is 49 degrees

That's just one part. Other parts don't have a temp sensor and could be too warm.

Bob

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