Overheating CPU

I read how a questioner on this forum had his "TB" fried. The CPU was "over-cooked" due to the malfunction of the CPU fan. This brings a question to my mind. Isn't there any circuit breaker to prevent this from happening ?

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fracheCommented:

probeXXX is able to monitor CPU heat, motherboard heat, fan(s) speed, voltages .... ( xxx = version )

You can find that program here :
www.asus.com ( support / download section )

There is also a shareware called Motherboard Monitor ... (MBM)
http://mbm.livewiredev.com/
http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=311
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fracheCommented:

You can find software able to reduce bus frequency, when processor is too hot ...

Example : probexxx for Asus motherboard

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willinoisCommented:
There is also software able to monitor the CPU heat.  Does anyone know any links to freebies?
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1175089Commented:
Becouse we mention ASUS /I like them/ this is from their new MB A7V333:
"... Maximum CPU Protection
ASUS C.O.P. (CPU Overheating Protection) accurately monitors your CPU temperature in real-time directly from the on-die thermal diode. If any malfunction occurs such as Heatsink/fan failure, ASUS C.O.P. immediately safely shuts down your system, preventing permanent damage to your valuable CPU..."
You can read more here:
http://event.asus.com.tw/cebit2002/product/mb.htm

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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Newer Motherboards out there today have the feature that 1175089 mentions.  But if it is not enabled in bios to shut down when too hot or when the CPU fan is malfunctioning then it will just keep on going.
Not alllll motherboards have this.  And the person who got there "TB" fried?  whatever that is, may not have had that implemented on their Motherboard.
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hhhengAuthor Commented:
Website listed by franche is the solution to overheating CPU.

"TB" = Thunder Bird

Thanks and cheers to all.

 
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