CPU Temperature problems (maybe)
I'm having some troubles with my girlfriend's computer, and I'm not really sure as to what the problem is.
Here are the basic specs:
32MB GeForce 2
All the rest are pretty basic stuff, came with the comp.
What was happening a while ago was that after using the computer normally (i.e. IE, Word, Winamp, etc etc, nothing heavy like games n such) the computer would seem to stop working even though everything was on. It wasn't that Windows would freeze, but instead that the screen would turn off (as though you had gone into Standby), but the fans were all still running.
I asked her to check to see if Windows was still working by asking her to unplug a USB device and see if the telltale "ding-dong" that Windows spits out came out of the speakers, but no-go.
I went into the BIOS and set the CPU Warning Temperature to 66C and the CPU Shutdown Temperature was already set to 75C.
She found a temporary solution by running the computer without the side panel on her case, and that seemed to solve the problem.
I got my trusty compressed air bottle out and blew away quite a bit of dust from her mobo, heatsink, fans, and the power supply. Quite a bit of dust came out, so I think that may have been part of the problem.
Now my wonder is what would be a normal operating temperature for this computer under light loads? I've got the evaluation copy of Hardware Sensors Monitor and here are the current readings:
CPU Temp: 56C
CPU Fan Speed: 4615rpm
Core:1.74V (Highlighted Red)
The computer has been running for about an hour and a half now, and the CPU temperature has been pretty stable at 56C.
Is this a normal temperature for the processor? or should I look into a better heat sink/fan/thermal paste combo?
Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. Any help would be appreciated.