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Dell 5160 stop all of sudden. Message shows CPU too hot. What should I do?


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First, bench the unit so you can work on it, on a solid surface. Remove the access panel and make sure ALL the fans\\blowers are running and if any have been removed, that they are blowing in the proper direction. If the CPU fans are mounted to the CPU Heatsink, take the fans off and brush out the heatsink of any dirt. If the is more that 2 years old, you may want to replace the heatsink grease (thermal compound) as the factory tends to get hard and stops conducting heat effectively. Finally, if the motherboard is controlling the fans make sure the CPU fans are plugged into the proper headers. You don't want a CPU fan plugged into a Chassis fan header. I doubt it, but I've seen dumber mistakes. It sounds like you lost a CPU fan. Just replace it and you'll be fine. And learn to clean your case once a month!
Hope this helps!
Make sure the fan mounted on top of the CPU is running. If not, find out why or get another fan. They are very cheap at places like Fry's Electronics. If it is running, you may need a better fan, or may need to install a fan in the case to help. You can figure out a power source for a second fan by looking at where the CPU fan gets its power. You may also figure out a way to better ventilate the case if there are any obstructions or restrictions. The CPU is the master chip that runs the computer, probably an Intel.
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