Saturday, 10 January 2009

my dirty cpu loves a good handjob.

honest! i'll show you the photos, and video too - with my new sony ericson K610im! (gosh, i never saw one day in the future i would post this part of my dirty personal life out here.)


so here, the video below shows you (last night around 11pm) when the monitor suddenly went bzzzt! i was in the middle of my err---errands online. but i was glad that there were no files that cannot be recovered (i was working on the web). i immediately whipped out the K610i and caught a video of it.



the video: as it plays, you will notice that there are three black pauses - thats because i paused the recording to move about. 1st pause, i tried to tighten the monitor cables at the back. result: no improvement. 2nd try, i switched off the monitor and switch it back on. result: no improvement. 3rd try, i restarted the computer. result: looks like it is working, but no, again.

when i switched it back on again, it shut down by itself. i tried again, and this time i can hear a sort of ambulance monotone -beep-! the same oversized text flashed back on. i did my fastest speed read, and saw the keyword: overheating. after the texts flashed by (i hadnt even read one line), it switched off again. on again, the text stayed long enough to read, but a minute later it would turn off by itself. the text said:
The cpu was previously shut down due to thermal event (overheating).

i called it a night. (you would too, right? no? hey, arent you with me?!)

today morning, i tried to use the computer, hoping that last night's "thermal event" was long gone. unfortunately, no. i consulted three amateur experts, and i decided to rip the cpu naked.

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Guide for the PC airhead/noob:
How to save your overheated CPU in 10 easy steps?

Things you will need:
- overheated cpu
- camera: digital / slr / mobile phone (no USB webcam)
- screwdriver / test driver / stapler / fingernails (no manicured ones)
- mini lamp (battery-operated, not USB)
- dry & clean: tissue / hands
- table fan / paper fan / mouse pad

1. switch off all power source to the computer.

the blue part (that squeeked) is about the size of k610i screen.

2. take a photo of the back of your cpu where all the cables go. note: set up good lighting as colour-coordination is very important.

this is how the back of the cpu looks like w/o cables.

3. pull out all the cables. note: some cables may need unscrewing before removing.

tools you can use.

4. get a screwdriver (or 'replacements') to undo the screws at the back sides of the cpu. note: arrange them properly - do not lose any of them!

the back cpu case screws.

5. depending on the build of your cpu quote kclee it is either one large case or two side cases. mine was a two-panel, so i placed my fingers at the back-left side, and slide it out; repeat same on right. note: terminology is not accurate, but described by the naked eye.

one side of the side-panel-case.

6. you will see a lot of things inside. where is intel?

information overload! x_x

7. intel inside.

its the heatsink - the fan that you think caused the overheating.

8. clean all dust at sight. note: i dare not use wet cloth, so i wipe the dust off with my own hands.


9. referring to the photo taken at #2, reconnect all cables ONLY. note: leave the casing(s) somewhere safe where you wont injure yourself.

10. switch on computer for use. note: for precaution, you may have to fan the naked/skeleton cpu manually whenever you notice any programmes lagging.

since nobody would admit they are PC airhead/noob, its such a waste to see this guide go unnoticed. *support yours truly!*

11 comments:

Kclee said...

I'll take that title literally.

Gray said...

tip: clean out your PC once in a while. dust tends to clog it up and prevent heat from dissipating.

i use this thing that blows away the dust. ever seen the reverse of a vacuum cleaner? there's usually a hole in the back to connect to that blows instead of sucks.

which is why some people invest in heatsinks (big protruding metal stuff)? pipes for coolant? extra fans?

bit it probably also means you have a bad motherboard as it has no heat management system. means it's supposed to warn you when it's "about to overheat". and you can go give the PC a rest.

shutting down once in a while is good too.

MedicOnTheRun said...

ZOMG..
that pc neeeds some loving..

Moomoocow1314 said...

oh hi thar.

invest a better heatsink if you have to. Coolermaster manufactures one of the best heatsinks.

And anyway, what processor are you using anyway? If i'm right you're using a Pentium D? Those don't usually overheat much....even IF your computer is homebrewed (i suppose)....or you actually went as far as overclocking your PC.

Oh and another common problem for overheating is gfx card. not only that, they burn a hole in your electric bill (at least Radeon 4870 x2 does....luckily noone in Malaysia brute forces)

Well have a nice day. And do tell me your comp specs, i'm a geek for analyzing those stuffs XD

Akiko said...

kclee> true, as proven by the last photo below. XP

gray> thanks for the tips - but i never invested in uber-heatsinks b4. so i dont really know where to start.

motr> its not that bad!!

Serge Norguard said...

ahahahahahahahahahaha....

and after a few rounds of the handjob .. something came out ~~ splurt!

Clow said...

Well for this sort of problem it just needs some ventilation. The dust is not really a big deal. Cleaning it will help but not that much. Even with a dusty pc as long as your CPU fan is working then you're practically fine.

Its not like you overclock your pc anyways. I hope your pc enjoys the handjob. XD

p/s: this is Clow. T_T

Clow said...

Oh sweet! Looks like my username did appeared. Gomen for the double post!

MeLC said...

HAHAHAH! Handjob! XD Sounds dirty. Is your PC satisfied now after all that handjob? =P

Serge Norguard said...

MelC - if it is ... she probably wont tell. Jeles cpu is a jeles cpu~~

Akiko said...

mmc1314> read conclusion below.

serge> true, there was a random black rubber thingie that dropped out from what part i dont know.

clow> read conclusion below.

melc> dia terlalu manja. i told my sister how to do it too, and it doesnt work after that. its like, it wants it to be kept a secret between the cpu and me, shared only by the two of us.

conclusion - so many suggestions:
1. heatsink (gray)
2. graphics card (mmc1314)
3. love (motr)
4. dust (clow)
5. ext hdd (akiko) - save everything in the external, and carry it everywhere whenever i need to use the comp.
6. new pc/laptop (general audience - to many votes)

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