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    Question reformat can help?

    i've been tracing the culprit for the high temp i am getting, and i was thinking... maybe reformatting my rig will help. does it? need your suggestions guys! don't want to waste my time reformatting if it doesn't change a thing.

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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post
    it wont make a difrence.
    i hope i am not the culprit.
    hahaha!

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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post


    lol
    lol... one question - is it better to fix the CPU with the HSF on the mobo before i fix the mobo to the case?

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    Re: reformat can help?

    If there is a 'runaway' process (or malware) that is using up a lot of CPU time, that could cause high temperatures (check in the task manager). There several possible reasons for seeing high temps, including inaccuracies in the monitoring software. If you reboot the machine and go into the bios, the temperatures displayed there are probably a little more accurate.

    If it really is overheating, you need to look at the airflow in the case and the cooler mounting. If you do reseat the CPU cooler, you need to clean off all the old compound and apply just a tiny smear of new heat sink compound. The idea is that it fills the microscopic voids in the two metal surfaces. There have been a LOT of threads about the best way to apply heat sink compound (and which is "best").

    Isopropyl alcohol is fine for cleaning off the old compound, and IMHO any of the thermal compunds will do the job. No need to worry about which is the best out of "antarctic super gold extreme pro overclockers ultimate" or "millenium ultra ultimum performance platinum" at inflated prices, FWIW, I used arctic cooling MX1 last time I reseated a CPU - cos it was available and inexpensive - and it was fine.

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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    If there is a 'runaway' process (or malware) that is using up a lot of CPU time, that could cause high temperatures (check in the task manager)
    eeerrrmmmm... i post here my task manager coz' im not sure w/c are the malwares...



    and here are the current temps i've got on coretemp and realtemp (i wonder y it's different though)


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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post
    does all four pins make a clicking noise.
    you should see arrows on the hsf do the opposite from what they arrows tell you,
    it should just click in this way rather than pushing the pins in & turning them.
    i just finished reseating again my CPU + HSF and the mobo. yup! it all goes with the "click" and it is perfectly fit. i posted here the temps i've got after reseating my system for the third time. are those temps ok now?

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    Re: reformat can help?

    I really wouldn't start worrying unless you get up to the 70s! Some thermal compound 'beds in' as the processor thermally cycles, and temperatures can drop over a few days, but really, those temperatures aren't that high.
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    Task manager looks OK - although its a snapshot, it shows CPU loading at 2%, which is nothing.
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    Re: reformat can help?

    Nevertheless I agree with soul-edge (miracles do happen!). There's far too much rubbish running on that PC. It won't be causing temp problems, but it is eating memory and will cause slow downs. I'll guarantee at least some of it is ad-ware, if not actively mal-.

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    Re: reformat can help?

    [QUOTE=***soul-edge***;1429072]62 processes,

    ouch.

    lol! i am reli confused where i get those 62... does norton doesn't detect malwares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    Nevertheless I agree with soul-edge (miracles do happen!). There's far too much rubbish running on that PC. It won't be causing temp problems, but it is eating memory and will cause slow downs
    is it ok if i use 3GB switch? to add some help on my 2GB sticks?

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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post
    i would recommend spy catcher express.
    much of tnx! i will google it...

    about the 3GB switch... here is the link -> How To: Set the /3GB Switch - XSI-Wiki

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    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post
    cheers for that link.
    it has made a big difrence to my system.
    happy to know that... cheers!

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    Re: reformat can help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ***soul-edge*** View Post

    i would recommend spy catcher express.
    I checked that and it didn't look too good. The free spycatcher that most people use is Spybot: The home of Spybot-S&D!

    I also find this good at finding programs that you can safely stop from loading at bootup: Windows Startup Inspector Download

    If you don't have an AV this is the best Free one out there (better than many paid ones too): AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - Reviews and free AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition downloads at Download.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by kietsmark1975 View Post
    lol! i am reli confused where i get those 62... does norton doesn't detect malwares?
    AV programs are not always good at detecting adware, especially the stuff that hides behind "handy" little utilities that you willingly install on your PC. I've known a couple of guys that installed so much of this crap that their systems had slowed to a crawl - and they thought they had a hardware problem.

    BTW Norton is pretty bad mojo these days. Apart from being an indifferent AV at best, it often interferes with other programs. I won't even install the free copy you get with some motherboards.

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    If you have a properly set up router and AV and you don't do anything stupid you shouldn't expect spybot to catch anything except tracking cookies. However I recommend that you put cookie handling on manual in IE and don't use this feature in any malware product. I've had 2 problems in 10 years, and the worse one of those is because I clicked OK without reading properly.

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