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My friend has an Alienware laptop with a 9800GT in it that is running super hot while idle ~80 degrees. He's redone the thermal paste, cleaned the fan, dusted everything out to no avail. He also reformated and installed windows 8, still nothing. Any advice as to why this might be happening? What are our options with an alienware? will MSI afterburner work?

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Well Alienware is overpriced that's about it. They still use pretty much all standard parts so MSI afterburner should work just fine.

From the sound of it though there is a serious issue with the cards cooler. Either the cards heat sink is still clogged up with dust despite the attempted cleaning or the fan has failed.

Have you checked that the fan actually spins when the system is powered up?
    
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Fan spins fine, but I haven't had him try manually controlling it yet, so I'll try that.
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