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so it used to hit 95C under load, with no dust in the fan, its on an athlon x2 QL-60, so i disassembled it and put some OCZ freeze on it, load temps dropped to 85C, but now it freezes up all by itself, its as if it liked being baked daily.

should i pull the HDD, pitch it and buy a new one? or is there a way to grab a better processor for it?

EDIT: its slow as it is, takes 5 minutes or more to start up, which annoys me.
Edited by PCSarge - 10/21/11 at 7:51am
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Was the heatsink an assembly, attached to more than the CPU?

If it didn't lock up before, and it does now, that points to you having done something when taking it apart. Also, some laptop CPUs can not be upgraded. What model do you have and what is making you want to upgrade?

If you are concerned about general desktop speed and boot time, you might consider an SSD. I haven't upgraded a laptop CPU, but I think your choices will be significantly limited if you can upgrade at all.
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Was the heatsink an assembly, attached to more than the CPU?

If it didn't lock up before, and it does now, that points to you having done something when taking it apart.
it also locked up before, the heatpipe clamps to both the cpu and GPU, but a radeon cant be putting out much heat?
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it also locked up before, the heatpipe clamps to both the cpu and GPU, but a radeon cant be putting out much heat?
It can if you've disrupted the TIM and it isn't making good contact. In my experience, laptop cooling systems aren't very robust and don't have a lot of leeway for dust, bad contacts, etc. But if the laptop was freezing up before, it might not be hardware related at all. You could try to refresh the OS first, then consider upgrades.

I wouldn't put hardware money into it until I'd isolated the possibility that it was a software issue.
    
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It can if you've disrupted the TIM and it isn't making good contact. In my experience, laptop cooling systems aren't very robust and don't have a lot of leeway for dust, bad contacts, etc. But if the laptop was freezing up before, it might not be hardware related at all. You could try to refresh the OS first, then consider upgrades.

I wouldn't put hardware money into it until I'd isolated the possibility that it was a software issue.
i already did that like a week ago, brought it from XP to win 7 pro, still recurring issues, i made soure it was clamped down snug before i closed it back up, im maybe thinking i need to cut the speed lead on the fan so it stays at 100%?
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What do the fans run at now?

That processor is *rated to run up to 100c, but if you are getting lockups, there is obviously something wrong. I would try to run your fans at 80-90% and see if you can get load temps under control without lockups. I have an Athlon X2 laptop I just got that I'm seeing really high load temps (80c+) with too. Was going to look into it this evening.

Ultimately, you don't want to invest in a laptop that has a chronic cooling or motherboard issue.
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Ultimately, you don't want to invest in a laptop that has a chronic cooling or motherboard issue.
When I fired up Prime95 on a MacBook Pro, my eyes just about popped out of my head!
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When I fired up Prime95 on a MacBook Pro, my eyes just about popped out my head!
Sigh, yeah...

Elevate it properly and install speedfan and you should be good. My MBP can hit 75c watching youtube if it isn't sitting above the surface it is resting on properly.

Set speedfan for high RPM and sit it on a small book and it won't top 45c.
    
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