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Socket thermistor questions/problems

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Jun 24, 2002
Crotchfester (aka rochester), NY
sup guys. I've been running a watercooled box now for a few months and have had great totally fanless temps of around 48c average (ambient depending). however yesterday I was happily gaming along, and my motherboard monitor starts freaking out on me saying my temperature is over 200c :eek: so I shut mobo monitor off cause, if those WERE my temps, I think I would have smelled it :beer: I double checked in the bios cpu health section and it too reads numerous values above 200c. so, methinks my in-socket thermistor is BAD.

the question therefore is, is there anyway I can get a proggie like mobo monitor to read a digi doc 5 probe and alarm on that probe? I've been planning on getting a digidoc 5 for a while now, and this just gives me more impotice to do so. but I still want to be able to get alarms and if at all possible auto system shut down if the temp gets over a certain setpoint. is this at all possible without the in-socket system. the mobo btw is Abit N7V-133R and the chip is a TBird 1.0 running at 1.64


Mar 7, 2002
San diego or UC Davis
If the thermistor itself has gone bad, and you have some l33t sodering skills, you can go by a radio shack and pick one up for about 30 cents, then just replace it on the board.

I don't use MBM5, but if I remember corectly, it lets you adjust your temp reading up and down to be more acurate, incase the thermistor is giving a bad readout. So I guess you could use a probe, get the real temp, then adjust MBM5 to give you the right readout.

Also I know you already said 200C, but are you sure its C and not F. I'm just trying to go for a long shot here.


Linux challenged Senior, not that it stops me...
Dec 28, 2001
Corner of No and Where
I'd go with replacing the thermistor :)

One of my standard tricks is to adjust my thermistors for better cpu contact: quite a few of them do NOT touch the back of the core from the factory.....30 seconds of soldering fixes that;)

I tested one board before and after and got a 2c increase in temp. Pretty sure that is better, although still not as good as on-die.

The socket thermistor is probably the EASIEST soldering I've done on a mobo, although I haven't replaced one- my only worry would be getting the correct part since I know next to nothing about the nitty gritty of electronics :rolleyes: