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#1 Mar 14 2011 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
I'm playing on a Dell Inspiron 1525, I know, nothing special or fancy. Lately it keeps overheating when playing WoW. I actually opened up the bottom and cleaned out the fan and heat sink, the fan sounds/feels 10x better now. I also went out and bought a cheap Microsoft cooling pad.

I play on the lowest settings possible because well this laptop isn't exactly top of the line and a few years old, so anything over low just lags terribly. Are there any programs you suggest for monitor cpu/core temps. I really don't know too much about where temps should be running at, it sounds like 50-60 C is pretty high, but frankly I don't know what I'm running at anyways.

I haven't really played much yet since I cleaned the fan/bought the cooling pad so I don't know yet if those have proved to be effective enough.
#2 Mar 14 2011 at 4:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Speedfan!

Sounds like you've taken all the right steps for now. Unfortunately, laptops overheat when doing processor intense stuff, and the more they age, the more susceptible they are to thermal stress in general.
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#3 Mar 14 2011 at 8:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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The 1525 in particular is suseptable to both main cooling fan bearing failure, and seperation of the heat pipe cooler from the GPU if you set the laptop down significantly too hard.

If dropping your WoW settings lower doesn't fix the issue, you may want to look into getting a cooling system repair kit, which should run you under $60.

If you are new-ish to WOW and are just now making it into higher end, newer zones that utilize more intense graphics rendering features, you may just be exceeding your hardware too.
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#5 Mar 15 2011 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
Well it's my fiancee's laptop. I'm using it because I moved to the area recently and while looking for a job so we can move out I'm staying at her parents place. I don't really want to "set up shop" with my desktop so I'm using her laptop for the time being.

While sitting idle the temps are:

HD0: 35C
Temp1: 39C
Core0: 42C
Core1: 42C

Since wow is down right now I can't see how hot they get when I play, I just loaded wow and sat at the loading screen and they went up to 57C in the core, is that too high?
#6 Mar 15 2011 at 11:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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57c is 134 degrees F. Graphics card chips get up there a ways in heat

Anything under 75c at load on the mobile GPU is probably ok. Anythign near 90 and you should be very worried.
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#7 Mar 16 2011 at 12:00 AM Rating: Decent
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I still stick Pennies on the heat sinks when they develop a slight Float. its easy it costs 0.01USD and can be done as fast as it takes you to strip the laptop to basics.
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