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Acer Aspire V3-551 Overheating Issues

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Hello. So my laptop has been overheating recently (idles at 105 degrees Celsius and maxes at 124 degrees Celsius) and there are very frequent thermal shutdowns. I have reinstalled Windows, reinstalled all the drivers. I think the fan is working since it's cooler than the rest of the laptop body, but there is no noise so I could be wrong. I read somewhere that updating the BIOS helped so I just flashed the latest one from the Acer website and when my laptop rebooted, it just showed a black screen after the Acer logo and started beeping loudly. Powered it off by holding down the power switch. Turned it on again and the same thing happened again. What should I do now?
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Pandoras Box
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
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some piece of junk... 
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Have you opened it before? Maybe there's too much dust in the vents? There may even be dust stuck inside. Thermal paste dried out?
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Originally Posted by czin125 View Post

Have you opened it before? Maybe there's too much dust in the vents? There may even be dust stuck inside. Thermal paste dried out?
I have only opened it to replace the hard drive before, nothing else. There could possibly be dust and the thermal paste might have dried out but I have not yet opened it for two reasons.

1. It is a pretty lengthy process, for this laptop at least, to open up everything and locate the processor/heatsink. Also I do not have any thermal paste on me now.
2. I have another laptop, a Gateway that is identical in terms of the hardware layout. They also use the same battery, power brick, hard drive and have their heatsinks placed at the exact same location. Both these laptops were used in similar conditions for school purposes and I see no reason for one of these to overheat because of dust.

I have managed to boot up the laptop after cooling it down but temps now read 149 degrees Celsius before shutting down. I want to try other possible solutions before opening it and re-applying TIM.
First build
(13 items)
 
Pandoras Box
(13 items)
 
NV57H
(6 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
Case
some piece of junk... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2310M HM65 Intel HD 3000 6 GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOS
750 GB Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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First build
(13 items)
 
Pandoras Box
(13 items)
 
NV57H
(6 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
Case
some piece of junk... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2310M HM65 Intel HD 3000 6 GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOS
750 GB Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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