Overheating laptop

  Jollyjohn 16:09 09 Mar 2014

I have a Fujitsu Amilo Pro laptop running Windows XP.

It overheats and freezes. Only shutting down by holding down the power button recovers it.

It overheats because the fan stops. The fan runs fine on boot up and speeds up and slows down as needed for a while but then stops.

It appears to do this at random, cpu fully loaded and working hard or sat on idle.

Why does the fan stop?

Is there a utility I could run to get the fan to run all the time / cut in at a lower temp?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:04 09 Mar 2014

Can you look in BIOS to see if you can change fan setting there?

  Jollyjohn 19:01 09 Mar 2014

Ooops forgot to mention singularly un helpful BIOS, no thermal info at all.

The frustrating bit is that is random. Laptop has been running for a couple of hours now quite fine. CPU 55C

Whoops, spoke to soon - frozen. But fan is still running!

  wee eddie 21:24 09 Mar 2014

Have you given it a clean out?

  bumpkin 22:00 09 Mar 2014

If the fan itself is not faulty and you are OK with it running all the time then connect it direct to the PSU a bodge I know.

  Jollyjohn 08:37 10 Mar 2014

bumpkin - I like your idea but how do I do it in a laptop?

  bumpkin 10:03 10 Mar 2014

You would have to open it up and have a look for a suitable pick up point to power the fan from if you are confident doing such things, laptops are a bit too fiddly for my liking.

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