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Windows 7: Hardware Monitor/Process Stopper?

22 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Hardware Monitor/Process Stopper?

Hey y'all, I recently received my computer, a Dell Studio 16 with an Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz processor in it, and found the processor is worry-some...

While running World Community Grid, a program to donate your excess processor time to research cancer treatments, genome decoding, and the like, and having set it to max out my processor while I wasn't using my computer, I placed my computer in a location not-so-great for the fan intake, and it overheated (to the trip switch of the processor), 206 degrees F, (wow, just noticed that it was almost literally boiling...), and shut down my computer safely.

Luckily, there was no damage. The processor is rated to 212 degrees, but I don't want to test it.

Is there any process or whatnot that I can use so that when my hardware monitor (CPUID) registers a temperature over a given value (probably about 190 degrees F), the process automatically ends a different given process? (In this case, one or more of the World Community Grid processes.)

If not, how would I go about writing something to do that? I would want it to either be a program than monitored the temperature itself, or one that took an output from CPUID, and deleted the processes accordingly. I would want the program/process to constantly monitor my computer, checking my system at least every 5 seconds.

Anyways, that's my question, if it's in the wrong forum, whoever can, please move it I'm new to this forum and don't want to cause any problems :)


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22 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Try Core Temp:

Core Temp
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22 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

I use a sidebar gadget to monitor tempertature
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22 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Why dont you just set that program to run at low/normal/below normal priority level?

Priority Level - Set for Applications and Processes
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22 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

"Why dont you just set that program to run at low/normal/below normal priority level?"

I know perfectly well how to do this, and I can set the program to use as much or as little processor as I want it to. The whole point is, that I want it to run at 100% (or as close to as possible) processor usage, but I want my processor to be safe from overheating through use of a trip-switch. If I were to set the priority to lower, or have it use less processor, then I wouldn't be using the processor to it's full potential in terms of how fast it can process.
In my case, since the cooling system is so bad on (all) laptops, and this is a modern, high-performance, high-quality processor, it could literally burn itself up in under a minute at 100%, unless it's fan is both running with full intake, and also has no significant blockage, etc. Unless it's cooled by the fan or by an external source (like the 40 degree air from outside my house), then it WILL kill itself, or crash the computer to save itself. (the latter being most likely)

"I use a sidebar gadget to monitor temperature"

Hmm, didn't think of that. Still doesn't cover my problem though. CPUID does that for me in a program not a gadget, and it monitors all the components.
I want some program to take that output, and if it reaches a certain point, I want the program to completely stop I.E. "End Process" a specified process (or processes).

"Try Core Temp"

I'll look into this, I'm at school right now so I can't do that, including installing it to check it out, but I'll certainly do that later today.


Update on what's happening:
I tested leaving it by the open window (plugged in, no battery, upside down to open air flow the most), and found it didn't go over 170 degrees all night. This is good, as the lowest operating temperature it should be at while processing much of anything is about 122 degrees, and it regularly spikes to 150 or 160 degrees, and stays there in relatively bad ventilation conditions. The 100% processor usage all night with no overheating was wonderful.

Unluckily, this morning, I opened my laptop, set the program to use way less processor, and replaced the battery. Unluckily, even though the processor usage went down, the processor temp very quickly escalated to 205 degrees, shutting down my computer. Luckily though, I had processed what I wanted to for that night, but it's still an issue.
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22 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Invest in a good laptop cooling pad.
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22 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

"Invest in a good laptop cooling pad."

Suggestion as to what brand/type, price range, etc?

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