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06 January 2005 @ 03:14 pm
It's The Little Things (Tech Talk)  
Ever since I got Luciphage, my new machine, I've had some cooling problems. At first, it was only occasional, but a little looking led me to believe it was mostly the fault of the case. This was during this summer, when it was hotter than the Devil's rectum around here, I mean to the point that I wasn't functioning very well. Add to that the fact that the case has shit for airflow and venting, and it's no surprise it got so hot in there.

So, here I am, trying to play whatever game I have, and suddenly the main fan would kick in, really hard, causing my system to 'hiccup'. The game would hang for a split second, and usually crash, or at least cause the game to fuck up. Needless to say, this was REALLY FUCKIN' ANNOYING. I took off the side of the case, and placed a small desk fan next to it, blowing in. That cured the worst of it. The problem pretty much went away...for a while.

Well, recently, it started coming back again. It was worst with really graphic heavy games (no surprise there), which made playing 'Doom 3' damn near impossible. With the ambient temperature less than the summer, I couldn't figure out what it was. I shifted the case further from the wall, promoting better airflow through the fan. I even blocked part of the window that was near it, to cut down on convection heat ("dutch oven" effect). Still happening. Grrrrr....

Well, time to prove that even techie guys can overlook stupid things.

Pissed at having to shut down "Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within" a couple days ago...AGAIN...due to all the music stopping form the latest cooling fan kick-in, I stared at the case. I stared at the fans, daring them to piss me off again. And I noticed something...a scary amount of dust and crap built up, on the heat sink over the main processor, under the fan. For all that I'd taken my canned air and blasted the dust, etc., out of the case, I'd missed that.

Gee, you think? Maybe, just maybe, all that crap clogging the heatsink could make it not exactly cool the chip properly? Uh DUH.

Well, needed new air anyway. And, half a canister later, it's nice and clean under there. Haven't had a hiccup since...and there was quite a bit of "Prince of Persia" this morning.

Jury is still out, but so far, it looks like this might have been the issue. Needless to say, this causes mixed emotions. Good ones that my system is working better, low ones that I was such a dunce. ;)
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: Megadeth - Dread And The Fugitive Mind
culloden on January 6th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Just to add, I never keep the case on my pcs. PCs are horrible for ventilation...
jone2tonejone2tone on January 6th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Don't feel too bad...I home-built my system two years ago. It STILL sits with no side panel.
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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: We Think It's Funnyarchmage on January 7th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Mauler_mauler_ on January 7th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Ayup - overheating is the culprit there, not power consumption of the fan kicking in :]
_debi_ on January 7th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
HA! I love that kinda stuff. Makes me feel A-OK for having similar dead-brain moments!
bojo427bojo427 on January 10th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
My computer came with one of those, open the case and invalidate the warranty seals. When I popped it off after two years, I was amazed the poor thing could work at all.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Wiredarchmage on January 10th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, those annoy me. On the other hand, the warranty they provide (and the service from it), tend to be less than my own abilities, anyway, so fuck 'em.