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Apr 29, 2002, 08:58 AM
Hi, I just upgraded to a Athlon 1600xp (1.4ghz) and i bought the appropriate heasink and fan and i am using a 400w PSU, i applied artic silver 3 on the cpu and connected the heatsink and fan and i am running at about 44-46C, but now when i turn on my pc, it beeps at me for 3-4 seconds, until it has gone below the overheating warning then it seems fine.
is there anything i can do to stop it instantly going over 50C at boot up, i know it doesn't go above 60C as this is my shutdown temp, and it has not yet shutdown, but i am worried about my chip.

Apr 29, 2002, 11:12 AM
Nothing to worry about, the temp may be high to you, but its well within the AMD guideline, I am running a 1.4 on 52 and 60 fully loaded, the shut down temp is set at 75.

You can get a larger fan, I installed an XP1800 few months ago, using a fan rated for 2Ghz, temp for that never go beyond 50.

The beeping, may be something else.


Apr 29, 2002, 11:34 AM
Hi Duffy, thanks for answering but I am pretty sure the beeping is the overheating warning, as i went above 50C while playing Jedi Knight 2 and it was the same steady beeping as i get upon bootup, but when i do a reset there is no beeping, i know that if there is beeping on start up it means there's a problem, so i went to the site to find out what however many beeps means, but the number is never the same, sometimes it 3 or 4 and even 5, so i am still not sure.
The heatsink and fan i am using is the Coolermaster DP5 7H53F Socket A PIII & amp; UpTo XP 2000+ so i assumed this would be enough, i even have 3 other fans in the PC, the only other thing that could be wrong is the PSU it get really hot quite quickly.

Apr 29, 2002, 12:06 PM
I would suggest you change the shut-down to 75 (its a safe barrier), if the beeping is from overheating, then this should stop the beeping, if this does not, then I would suggest the problem is really lie elsewhere on your motherboard.

I know the DP5 well, what other hardware you have inside the case ?


Apr 29, 2002, 12:13 PM
I have a Soltek SL-75DRV4 Skt A Via KT266A PC2100/PC1600 mobo

and 256MB DDR PC2100 RAM memory

and a 740X Hard Disk Drive 80GB UIDE133 8.5ms 7200rpm and samsung 20.4 gig 5400 hard drive

and a Soundblaster 5.1 Live Sound Card

Plexwriter 24/10/40a and a 40x/12x dvd drive

and i am running an adsl modem off one of my 2 usb ports.

Apr 29, 2002, 12:19 PM
Zombi, your hardware seem okie as they would never exceed the power the PSU is pumping out.

Try set the shut-down to 75 and see if you still get the beeps, just trying to work my way down to find the core of the problem.

Apr 29, 2002, 12:23 PM
ok, i will raise the temp warning up, to see if it still beeps, i think the thing worrying me was, if the temp was spiking up to 50C+ each time i boot up from cold, that it is damaging my chip

Apr 29, 2002, 12:30 PM
Not really Zombi, when I first put in my 1.4 , I accidentally used the wrong fan (it looked big and mean, but only rated for a 1Ghz) , and I used it for over 90 mins before I remember to check the temp, and it wos running at 79'C, needless to say, I panic and swap the fan over, but while changing the fan, I took the CPU out, its fine, no burn marks or sticker burn.

I personally would say anything upto 70'C should be safe, but to prolong the life of the CPU, I would rather see them running around 50'C


Apr 29, 2002, 03:36 PM
AMD are rated to 90c-95c before any damage will accur.

Apr 29, 2002, 04:48 PM
I lifted my heatsink off the chip and there was what looked like a scortch mark on the bottom of the heatsink, i don't think this can be good.

Apr 29, 2002, 04:53 PM
Yes, according to AMD, 95'C is acceptablem but how far do one like to push their CPU to the limit, as a smal mistake can fry it, AMD now rejects all warranty if the CPU show signs of cooked, cracked CPUs.

As to the scortch marks Zombi, as long as your heatsink are on evenly, nothing to worry about, I seen a few here, they go on after you removed/re-insert the heatsink a few times. just take care not to force too much pressure on one side with putting the HS on.