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Ben Babcock

My computer hates me

My computer is starting to overheat and automatically shut down--again. >_< I had this problem last year, and thought it was gone.

Recently I installed a temperature monitor as part of an attempt at undervolting my laptop. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Intel Celeron is a gutted piece of hardware junk, that's not possible. So my battery life remains short (which is fine, I can live with that), and my CPU continues to run hot. Apparently I can't live with that.

The temperature monitor occasionally gets up to 42°C (it starts off around 30°C, and typically hovers around 35° to 40°). But for some strange reason, it will spontaneously shut down on me even though it is below 42°! (This is the part that bugs me--sometimes it won't shutdown, but at other times it has apparently decided it has overheated and does. If a computer fails, it should at least fail consistently! <_< ). I'm not doing all that much when it overheats either--nothing at all resource-intensive. It's annoying.

Alas, I don't know what I'm going to do. I cannot afford a better computer. I could take it in, but I've done that before and I foresee the unfortunate and harrying situation in which they send it in for "repairs". This leaves me without a computer for two to three weeks, during which time they don't find anything wrong with it and I have to pay (or worse, they do find something wrong with it, "fix" it under warranty, and then when I get it back it isn't actually fixed). I've complained to CompuSmart about this before, and I feel bad complaining so much, even though I am the customer.

If the problem doesn't go away after school is over, though, I think I might have no other recourse but to send it in. Right now I've got a fan running beside me to cool off the computer (did I mention that I have a cooling mat beneath it, but it still overheats?!), however, I consider this situation untenable (not to mention noisy).

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I’m a 26-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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I started coding websites, in bad HTML on Geocities, in 2004 in a fit of whimsy. Since then I’ve learned PHP/MySQL, coded my own blog software, and rebuilt this site several times. With the exception of the blog, it’s currently running on the exquisite Symphony CMS. This website is hosted by HawkHost

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