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Well, about 2 months ago, I made a dumb mistake of not properly fastening my laptops heatsink to the cpu. It hit critical temps and I shut it down upon noticing my cpu hitting about 99-100c.(Typical failure temp of intel core 2 duo) But later I went on to use it(about a month ago) and it didn't seem to work too well. It was acting slower then usual. I also noticed extremely slow response on the USB ports when I plugged a USB Flash Drive in. So did I fry the cpu? Logic board? If not any thoughts of whats having problems?

asked Sep 18 '11 at 20:19

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It is really unlikely you fried your CPU. Comptuers and laptop have overheat protection and shut down to prevent damaging of the components. You would have not even get past the POST screen if it was broken

answered Sep 18 '11 at 20:42

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you havnt damaged the CPU, most modern CPU's will down throttle the CPU to the lowest clock possible to protect from overheat damage, you can still damage the CPU but it's probably down throttling because of the poor/none cooling.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 20:30

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If you had fried the CPU the machine wouldn't be getting past the POST tests, so Windows wouldn't even get close to booting.

(Sep 18 '11 at 20:34) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Yeah it would just shut off automatically. And even with throttling sometimes the CPUs can still fry. I've had one fry before.

(Sep 18 '11 at 21:42) Liam Quade Liam%20Quade's gravatar image

I agree with the above people. You used to be able to fry your CPU back in the Pentium/PII days. They didn't have thermal shutoff protection like the modern CPU's. To fix it I think you need to go into the BIOS, reload your settings or load the defaults and reboot.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 23:15

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What's the current temps during idle and load?

answered Sep 19 '11 at 00:39

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Idle-around 68c-ish Load(TRYING TO BROWSE THE INTERNET!) 70c. Little annoying. Not exactly a good idle. My desktop idles around 29c and under load hits at most 35c. So pretty cool readings.

(Sep 19 '11 at 17:30) josephLtech josephLtech's gravatar image
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