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Windows 7: I think I cooked my computer and I might need new parts.


14 Jun 2013   #1
Cardboardo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
I think I cooked my computer and I might need new parts.

So...About a year and a half ago I decided to purchase my first gaming computer. I had basically no experience with computers then, and I didn't want to screw anything up by building one, so I asked a couple friends and they told me that Alienware was a good brand. I've learned that they're kind of really overpriced for what they offer, and I regret buying this thing now.
Anyway, my issue...Well, I sort of screwed around with overclocking near when I first got the laptop, and I wasn't too experienced so I'm pretty sure I cooked it. As I wised up about computers slightly I realized what I was doing to my laptop, but if I didn't overclock then I would get some sub-par frames in certain games. I kept chasing that high and eventually resorted to throttlestop. This is basically the point where I didn't allow any kind of heat reduction features, and now I have a mediocre laptop that overheats every now and again even when it isn't stressed too much.
I would post my specs, but I don't think it matters...I just need to know if I have to get a new computer altogether or just replace a part or two. Can someone help me out? Thanks.


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14 Jun 2013   #2
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello Cardboard mate depends what you have cooked could just be the CPU what have you got specs are helpful mate. ie CPU cooler etc etc
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14 Jun 2013   #3
Cardboardo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi, thanks for responding.

I just nabbed this from DXdiag:

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130104-1431)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Alienware
System Model: M14xR1
BIOS: InsydeH2O Version 1.0 A03
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6092MB RAM
Page File: 3880MB used, 8301MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
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14 Jun 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If you aren't getting freezes/crashes or blue screens, your laptop could just need a good cleaning. What EXACTLY is happening?
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14 Jun 2013   #5
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Agreed KB run Speccy and let us know what the temps are mate

Speccy - Download

Hum a memtest would not go amiss either RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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14 Jun 2013   #6
Cardboardo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
If you aren't getting freezes/crashes or blue screens, your laptop could just need a good cleaning. What EXACTLY is happening?
No freezing or crashing, I've just noticed that over time I've lost a good amount of framerate in games that I used to get a near perfect framerate in. I re-installed windows about three months ago, so it isn't like I have no memory. You might be right about cleaning. Any idea how I would go about this?
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14 Jun 2013   #7
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Have you updated the graphics card driver? Have you applied all other important drivers?
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14 Jun 2013   #8
Cardboardo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Agreed KB run Speccy and let us know what the temps are mate

Speccy - Download

Hum a memtest would not go amiss either RAM - Test with Memtest86+
When I run Speccy, it "unexpectedly quits".
I think it's possible to check temps using throttlestop.

It seems like my maximum CPU temp is around 79 degrees C, but I'm not in a game or anything.
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14 Jun 2013   #9
Cardboardo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Have you updated the graphics card driver? Have you applied all other important drivers?
I think so...How can I check for updates to drivers and such?
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14 Jun 2013   #10
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Go to either Nvidia or AMD's site and either find Support & Drivers or Drivers & Downloads, select your EXACT video card and see what version the driver is. Compare that with the driver version listed in Device Manager under Display Adapter > Right-Click > Properties > Driver Tab > Driver Version.
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