Power Meter and Processor overheating

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I am facing a strange problem with my win 2000 server pc(256mb RAM, P4, 40gb hdd) as it automatically restarts when I start the computer. Yesterday it completely shut down before showing me the desktop and when I pressed the power button the initial screen came up showing message "the processor stopped working due to overheating", press f1 to continue and del to setup. It also has one partition loaded with win xp professional. The Power meter end program and explorer.exe end program comes up everytime I shut down the computer. Can anyone help/advise to solve this problem?

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If in fact that warning message appeared after an automatic shutdown, it means that your processor initiated the shutdown because it sensed an over temp [correctly or incorrectly as i have seen faulty P4 chips that would do this]. You should ensure that you have installed the processor correctly [including the correct cooling fan with the thermal interface material] and that your cooling fan is still working. As I stated before, I have had bad P4 which would shut down randomly with this problem and the fix was a CPU replacement.

You may be replacing your processor. But you can significantly drop the temperature of the processor by applying thermal grease between the surfaces of the processor heatsink-fan assembly and the top surface of your processor. Also, check if the heatsink snuggly fits on top of the processor. Be sure that your processor fan spins normally and can dissipate the heat of the heatsink effectively. Do also check the temperature reading by going to the bios setting then to “hardware monitor”, you should see the temperature reading of your motherboard and processor. If you want clearer procedure, visit http://clhidohardware.blogspot.com

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  • Habiru
    Why don't you enter the bios when you start the machine and view the temps before going any further. You can usually view the temperature and voltages under PC Health Status or something similar. Next, if it is running hot, check your fans, processor seating etc.
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  • mitrum
    try to run your pc in DOS mode and see is it resarted ? it yes, there is hardware problem follow R33b00t diagnosis. make sure you have proper air ventilation for your pc colling too.
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  • jinteik
    try to check if your CPU fan is working and if it is not spinning fast enough to cool the CPU then change the CPU fan. Try to make sure that your internal CPU is not too hot too. To see how fast your fan is spinning, you can go and take a look at it at the BIOS
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  • Chippy088
    You have to be joking, 256mb RAM? How can you be running a server with that small amount of memory.? I expect it takes a long time to start and show the desktop. You need to read the requirements for 2000 operating system. The temperature rise could be caused by the hard disk running constantly, swapping out parts of RAM to the swap file. Try getting more RAM, it is an old system, better still replace it with a machine that can handle the work load.
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