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Lenovo Thinkpad T500 making odd squealing noise

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So in 2009 I bought my first Lenovo Thinkpad laptop. To be specific it was a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 15.4" laptop with an intel Core2Duo 2.8ghz centrino processor and a radeon 3650m gpu. The laptop ran great for about a year and a half until one day when I was playing minecraft, the game started horrifically artifacting, and then my entire computer just shut off. This happened for about a month, every time I'd be playing MineCraft or doing some graphically intensive task for around 30 min it would just overheat and shut off. So I stopped doing too much graphically intensive stuff on it and problems ceased. But about a month ago everything started freezing randomly, to the point that I had to remove the battery from the back of the laptop to get it to power off. This eventually corrupted by boot drive and lead to a complete hardrive crash even after complete reformatting of the entire windows partition from a backup partition. Recently I just bought a 64gb Keningston SSD which solved all of the freezing issues (and its been working wonderfully) after a fresh install of windows (just a 64 bit pro copy I had laying around). But the GPU still makes a wretched sqreaming noise when ever I play minecraft, watch youtube videos, or even just scroll down a web page. GPU response is great but I worry about the life time of my laptop and it's GPU. I did some research and found that my era of thinkpad indeed has a heat spreader defect leading to overheating.
Also my laptop is out of warranty.
How many days do I have left out of this laptop?
Thanks guys,
- chmodlabs biggrin.gif
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I say shim the silly thing until it works right, or bake it.
I'm typing this up on a DV 2000 I re flowed with a tea light 2 weeks ago.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 830 @4Ghz core /2.6Ghz NB Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P EVGA 970 2x4GB Ebay DDR2 at DDR762 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 500 GB 7200.12 (near dead) Hiachi Coolspin 2 TB (storage) (near dead) RAID0 2x Westren digital Caviar Blu... OCZ arc 100 240 GB SSD 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xiggy dark knight Windows 7 Ultimate x64 23" ASUS VH236H 1080p QINX QX2710LED 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Kinesis advantage  XFX TS550 Antec 900 Razer deathadder 
Other
USB 3.0 PCIe card 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3210M HM77  GT 640LE  4GB soldered+ 8GB SO-DIMM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO Slot loading Stock W7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPower
1600x900 13.3" LCD Backlit 4200 mAh internal and 4800 mAh extended battery. 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Turion ML-40 with heatspreader attached HP laptop socket 754 motherboard with RS480M ch... IGP that I don't use 512 mb ddr 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
4 GB patriot USB 2.0 flash drive None, don't need it. Scythe Ninja Mounted with zip ties.  Pfsense 2.0.2 nanobsd 
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gigabit USB NIC Atheros WLAN NIC Many zip ties. 
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Well, you've probably checked this already, but if you haven't take the back off and check the blower and any sinks for dust and hair. Changing the HDD for the SSD may have temporarily alleviated your symptoms due to less heat being generated, perhaps?
Edited by gelatin_factory - 4/23/12 at 9:16pm
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