Friday, April 2, 2010

Simple Fixes, great results for Thermal Heating and BIOS problems

 The last month my PC was having serious issue. It shuts down all of a sudden without any warning message or even a beep sound, as soon as i open youtube or yupptv or live cricket or multiple browsers at once it shuts down in 5 to 10 minutes maximum. Then i was force to not to open these kind of stuff, so had to just check my mails and shut it down (If it gives me a chance to do that!!). When i boot is again after few minutes it says that "shut down has occurred due to thermal heating press enter to continue".
Then i enquired with in an PC service center he said that, heat sinks or CPU fan may not be working properly so to may cost around Rs 3000 to 5000. This was alarm on my monthly budget. To give a last try i has check with my friend who work in this areas. He suggest me that CPU fan or heat sinks do not fail that easily as my system was just 3 years old and suggested me to buy an thermal paste.

Got that from the near my computer service center for just Rs 20, opened the CPU cabinet slowly removed the CPU fan as it pins are very delicate and fixed very tightly with plastic screws. (Only open if you know exact procedure to open, if broken they may not be available in stores, that would be another head ache!!). Remove the white color paste between CPU processor and heat sink. Clean it completely as it might have gone dry and lost it property of heat transfer. Now apply the thermal paste on processor head and on heat sink where it contacts processor. Only apply a very very thin layer of paste on it (Not usually like paste you apply on tooth brush). Fix back the CPU fan properly with screws tightened. After doing so it solve my problem.

Another serious and confusing problem i faced regarding my system was with system OS. Windows operating system fails to load the system, or it gets hang after opening IE or use to behave strangely or system will not boot properly it will take long time to load. So i thought operating system got corrupted may be cause of virus. So i have format the C drive and load the OS again. But the problem was not solved this was happening again an again so i planned to switch to Ubuntu (Linux OS). Even that did not work..!, then i though hard disc might have got bad some tracks due to repeated formatting and installations.

Then i enquired with in an PC service center he said that, he said that mother board might have failed, for some reason i usually do not trust these guys, so then after browsing on internet i found that this may happen due to BIOS failure also. BIOS failures may occur if it is unable to store the default settings, this usually happen in two cases if mother board itself is of gone case or if CMOS battery dies out. So as first one was expensive and had to loose my data, i thought it would be great it if second option works.
C Programmer's Guide to Net Bios
Brought a CMOS battery from stores cost Rs 20 and then replace the old one. Then i again formatted the system and installed the windows OS, then after happily it never gave me a problem again..!!!