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Windows 7: Faulty heatsink causing computer shut down within seconds of starting?

19 Mar 2012   #1
sdraza1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit SP1
 
 
Faulty heatsink causing computer shut down within seconds of starting?

Can faulty heatsink cause computer to shut down within seconds of starting?


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19 Mar 2012   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I'm not sure how you can have a faulty heatsink since it's essentially just a chunk of aluminum with fins. However, if it is not installed properly then yes, it could cause the problem you are seeing. The problem could be too much thermal grease or that the heatsink is not seated correctly. These kinds of problems can cause the CPU to overheat and shutdown.
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19 Mar 2012   #3
TypeR

Windows 7 x64
 
 

As above, yes it can.

If your CPU temp increases very quickly and hits the limit set in the BIOS or, indeed, if your CPU fan fails, then your heat sink won't be working properly and the computer will shut down to prevent permanent hardware damage.
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19 Mar 2012   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Maybe it would be easier to describe the exact problem you're having and how/when it all started, along with anything recently installed or uninstalled, so we can get a better idea of whether or not that might be the issue.
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