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athlon xp 2400 is overheating

my athlon xp 2400 is overheating when i start putting demands on it and it shuts down.  when i try to do a backup or play an audio cd the temp starts rising to the point whee system shuts down.  the heatsink is the original athlon heatsink that came forom amd. system is fine just sitting there. i added the hardware monitor that came with the dfi motherboard and cpu temp sits around 54 c, as soon as i start taxiing the processor it goes well over 90 c according to the monotor.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi pele4483,

Open your case, check if all fans are still running smoothly.
Also, you didn't forget to put a very thin layer of thermal greese between the processor and the heatsink did you?

Greetings,

LucF
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pele4483Author Commented:
i appears that all the fans are running smoothly. i do hear the fan(s) (dont know which one) changes pitch as i start loading the processor(ie load a file off disk).
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Also, this happens with Athlons if your heatsink is put on backwards.  Recheck this, and like Luc says, make sure you have a thin layer of grease on it...  90 c is way too hot for that CPU, and will surely burn it up...
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pele4483Author Commented:
hoiw do you know which way is correct?
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jarichCommented:
pele4483,
This link should help you!
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1149273,00.asp
Good Luck,
Jerry
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tmj883Commented:
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pele4483Author Commented:
well, the heat sink was in the right way, but i got some of the arctic silver and put that on.  i did notice however that the heat sink was full of dust so i blew that all out and processor is sitting right arounf 48 c.  what is a good temp for the system though?
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
48 degrees is great.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
:)  Absolutely..  you should have no further problems..   You really should do a cleanup of your system at least once a year, to take care of dust, etc..  that build up in it..  Like changing the oil in your car...
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Thanks..  keep it clean..!!  :)

FE
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Glad to help ;-)
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