[thelist] Fan of Hardware

Dan McCullough dan.mccullough at gmail.com
Thu Jan 20 07:17:28 CST 2005

Install the fan!  Sounds like a box fan he sent, you should install
it.  What can happen, and this is from experience, is when a CPU
overheats you start having issues with files and programs acting as if
they are currupted.  But it sounds like the guy didnt run a burn-in,
which is where you leave the machine running for 24-48 hours.  As for
stress testing, there should be some software out there that will
allow you to do that.

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005 05:24:55 -0500, Hershel Robinson
<hershelr at netvision.net.il> wrote:
> For you hardware fans out there, I could use a bit of advice about my
> hardware and its fans. I recently purchased a new PC. An Intel mobo, a P IV
> 3.0 G CPU, 512 M DDRAM and an 80 G HD. I installed an ATI 7500 Dual Head
> video card and a CDRW.
> The first machine came damaged and I sent it back (the dealer was very
> friendly about it) and the second machine he sent seems to work.
> I usually shut down at night (mostly so I can cover up everthing with a
> sheet--I live in a dusty area). One night I left the machine on so it was on
> 24 hrs. When I came back to it and did some ray-tracing (CPU-intensive but I
> did NOT do a whole lot of it) I suddenly had alerts from my Intel Active
> Monitor app that System Zone 2 was in the red zone (50 deg C). I saw that
> the CPU itself was 58, right next to its own red zone at 60. The room
> temperature was low at the time--I hadn't yet turned on my space heater.
> I called the dealer and he said he thinks the second box he sent me has a
> fan on the box, but he's not sure--he doesn't remember exactly what they
> built the second time. I myself don't see one--I see the one for the PS, the
> one on the CPU and there's on on my graphics card. He thinks in front of the
> hard drive maybe there's one--the power switch and reboot switch are there
> and there's a plastic plate so I can't really see, but I don't think there's
> a fan there. He said he would send me another fan, which he did. I will
> install that when I have a chance. He said I could put it in the back,
> there's a place above where the cards go.
> My question is, what else should I do? Should I stress-test the machine?
> Should I run specifically a heat-test? If so are there any recommendations
> for where I can find such tests?
> Any advice whatsoever is appreciated. The dealer does have a good reputation
> and was recommended to me by two parties.
> Thanks,
> Hershel
> <tip type="Windows System Monitoring">
> http://www.coolmon.org/
> "CoolMon is a program for monitoring vital system stats and almost anything
> else you wish to display on the desktop. It can also display stats from
> remote pc's and publish real-time stats on a webpage. The application can
> display CPU, RAM and page file usage, hard drive usage, MotherBoard Monitor
> temperatures and fan speeds, various network stats and much, much more."
> This is a free tool. I use it and I like it. My favorite feature is the CPU
> usage monitor (digital) in the system tray.
> </tip>
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