Windows – Unexpected shutdown due to overheating

coolingshutdownwindows 7

My computer shuts down during intense use of the processor, but the sensors show that temperature of CPU is less than 78oC.

By intense use, I mean any of the following: playing games, converting/encoding video, even simultaneously using tabs in the browser.

Hardware Information:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
  • Chipset: nVidia nForce 3 Pro
  • Video: GeForce 7300 GT

Hardware Monitor dialog:

cpuid hardware monitor

Why would this be happening and what could be the root of the problem?

Best Answer

  • I had a computer case without fans once, and my Pentium III processor would overheat easily (it's not that hard in the Israeli summer...). Eventually I opened the side panel of the case and left it open, aiming a 16" fan directly at the motherboard. This was the only thing that cooled down the computer enough to keep running.

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