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Old 02-27-2007, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a pretty new (6months) Dell GX520 and after running for about a day everything will stop responding. No programs will open unless I restart the computer and then they'll open fine. I took the cover off and the HD is warm to the touch.

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Well the HDD will always be warm to the touch. I think it has more to do with things youhave running or maybe even spyware/virus problems. Have you run any scans for these? also are you having problems coming out of Hibernation or sleep mode?
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No, problems comiong out of sleep mode. I've scanned twice. I'll scan it again to make sure. Nothing has been found
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Then it oculd be your CPU overheating but htat would be more of a shut down that freeze. what applications do you have running?
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Only has two apps running. One is run from the server basically and uses almost 0 resources, the other is a signature pad that customers sign to get their orders. Both programs are on 5 identical machines.
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cpu fan spinning. is there a lot of dust in the heatsink
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No dust, the fan is spinning.

The computer is in a kind enclosed area with a 6ft flourescent light about 6 inches above it. It's a hotter than room temperature area. I'll put a thermometer in there to get the temp.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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if its a p4 then over heating could be very likely. i saw 2 of those melt through the motherboard at my uncles office because the dell's didn't have proper cooling installed.

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i just did a check with dell's website. they come with either Pentium4s, Pentium Ds, or Celeron cpus. all of those run hot..
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