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HartBreaker Aug 29, 2002 07:25 PM

Out of the frying pan, into the fire...
Could my ‘lock-ups’ and ‘hangs’ be due to overheating?

Any one here been following my problems posted on the CD-RW forum? If not look here [url]***********[/url] I really do need help on this one!

I’ve just installed Motherboard Monitor. According to the readouts, the motherboard temp is 32 and the CPU is 55. During a burn, the motherboard temp stays at 32, but the CPU temp hits 60. It’s around about that time, that my computer ‘locks-up’. This of course just happens to be when Nero is doing the ‘verification’ process. The temp increases gradually from 55 to 60 – 61.

Odd thing is, on re-booting everything works just fine even though the temp is still around the 59 - 60 mark.

Any one got any thoughts on this matter?


gambit_360 Aug 29, 2002 07:54 PM

This is definitely a possibility because if a CPU goes over 60C, it could cause problems that you described.

Try down-clocking your CPU so it runs a lot cooler and try to burn a CD to see if you still experience the lockups. If it runs fine, then it's an overheating issue and you should try to get a better heatsink/fan.

Or just turn off the verification process under Nero.

HartBreaker Aug 29, 2002 08:04 PM

Hi Gambit,

Thanks for the reply.

I’ve fitted (fitted for me, actually) a Zalman CNPS6000-Cu heatsink and fan. It’s running in ‘silent’ mode. I’m told that this particular type of heatsink and fan can be adjusted to increase or decrease the airflow, therefore increasing or decreasing the temperature the CPU runs at.

My question is, how do I do this alteration? I can’t find any settings to alter anywhere.

If any one can enlighten me, please do so. I’m desperate!


duffy90210 Aug 29, 2002 08:17 PM

Hartbreaker, or should I call you Puterbreaker ?
This is one problem I had only yesterday, Nero will hang during a burn, either DVD or CDR, looked high and looked low, cant see anything wrong at all, so just to test, I re-installed Windows 2000 on the same machine (fresh), and then installed just the needed drivers (ie. VIA, RAID) and Nero, and its been buring 4.3GB DVD data backups since, and everyone finished fine and read on the DVD-ROM without any problems.

So I think the problem will not be your CPU or the heat, I know 60 is high, but as you said, after a re-boot, Windows works fine (AMD, in theory, max out around 90' but even at 65' which I have a Athlon 1.33 that run on that temp because I am too lazy to change the fan over, works fine)

I think it has more to do with Nero conflicting with another dydtem driver that caused the hanging, but without any proof, I rest my case.

Hope the info helps.

* Still mopping up your leaking memory all over your desktop *

sickmanofasia Aug 29, 2002 08:26 PM

you,ll find info on your heatsink and fan here and how to adjust it .




HartBreaker Aug 30, 2002 10:36 AM

What else can I try?
Hi Duffy,

I have broken a few in my time. Both computers and hearts!!

As for my little problem, well, I agree with you. I don’t think its heat related. I not sure if it’s a driver problem either.

What I did was, I formatted my hard drive (yes again!). I recovered from a ‘Ghost’ backup I made last May 2002 when my computer was running just fine. Because I have altered my drive layout, the first thing I’m asked for on boot-up is drivers for the ATA100 on-board device. I have to install these, else my CD ROM drive attached to the Promise controller won’t work.

I then do a ‘test burn’. Guess what? It all ‘locks-up’ again!!!

What else can it be? What else can I try?

Do you think I’ll have to start all over again? Complete new installation of everything!

Thanks for the link to the ‘Memory Test’ program. I just ran it. Memory OK.

Get back to me.


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