Is there any way to turn off the automatic "overheating" laptop shutdown configuration?

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  1. etalns

    etalns Diamond Member

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    My computer has been randomly shutting down due to over heating, even though my computers temperature is extremely cool. In fact, the fans aren't even running on high when it shuts down. I called Dell about it and they said they can't help me because my warranty is up, arg!

    If anyone could help me to turn it off, I would appreciate it a great deal. It's a Dell Inspiron 8500.
     
  2. Syrch

    Syrch Diamond Member

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    are you sure you want to? I don't know how btw.
     
  3. rhino56

    rhino56 Platinum Member

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    well maybe it is hot? have you tried to blow canned air thru the vent and clean it out?
    look in the bios and you may have a thermal disable setting.
     
  4. etalns

    etalns Diamond Member

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    I think I do. The computer is useless in its current state. If the thing crashes and burns, oh well, the warranty is over anyway. May as well get some use out of it.
     
  5. Rubycon

    Rubycon Madame President

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    This could be a result of a fan that has a locked rotor, dried up heat sink grease, or dust blocking the air passageways internally. Just because it feels cool on the OUTSIDE does not mean the internals are running cool.
     
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    Bios Bios Bios
    F12 was it?
     
  7. DaShen

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    DO not turn it off... get thermal grease immediately.

    **EDIT**
    If the warranty is up, just take it apart and fix it. Do not turn off the auto shut down. Check BIOS on a "FRESH" start (while the computer is absolutely cool). Look at the Temperature. If it is ridiculously high on a cold boot, then it is your internal thermometer. If otherwise, it is a blocked fan passageway or more likely dried up thermal grease.
     
  8. Ime

    Ime Diamond Member

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    Sounds like a busted/clogged fan to me. If you are comfortable with it you should crack the laptop open and check.
     
  9. etalns

    etalns Diamond Member

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    Just looked in the bios and there is no such option.
     
  10. etalns

    etalns Diamond Member

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    Well, the temperature is constantly saying 0 now... Hrmm, it's cool, but not that cool.
     
  11. isekii

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    you're rich.. just buy a new one :p
     
  12. illusion88

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    If it aint in in the bios, I don't know. But I wouldn't turn it off even if you could find it. Just open the case and find out what's wrong.
     
  13. Cal166

    Cal166 Diamond Member

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    Motherboard might be bad.

    Does it go thru a shutdown process or the screen just turns blank?
     
  14. etalns

    etalns Diamond Member

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    Shutdown process.
     
  15. rhino56

    rhino56 Platinum Member

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    you can take it all apart and clean, check for dead fans, make sure bios settings are correct, check for software that would do it.