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13oots2

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2001
Location
Dorchester UK
Over the past few days have noticed a slow but steady rise in my CPU temps. Taking the fan of my ThermoEngine, I found enough cat hair to make a small mat with. It might just be worth checking every so often!!
 

CalCoolage

Registered
Joined
Jun 30, 2001
Sinks with narrow spaces for airflow will clog with dust bunnies, and cut airflow drastically. I have one of those Agilent Acticooler 's. I checked the temp recently and it was like 20F warmer than 3 months ago. The slots at the bottom, where most of the cooling is done, were completely filled and blocked. I got the dust out with a stiff 1/4 inch solder-flux brush and the temp went back to normal. It was quite hard to get the stuff out.

I've checked people's computers where the HS fan is making a godawful noise, and found the fan tangled in matted strands which made it turn very irregularly trying to drag the junk around.
 

thefly

Member
Joined
May 16, 2001
Location
Montreal
ya I agree. I've got a slot 1 here and i noticed it was running about 48c.

Figuring that was hot for a p2 233 i took the cpu off and looked into the heat sink. Damn, it was pretty bad. Cleaned it up and i'm running at 33c now.

:)