Over Heating Laptop.

I have an older laptop I’m trying to press back into service as a second computer but it has a few problems. I fixed the overheating cpu by cleaning off the old thermal paste and applying new paste. However the video card (an ati x700 mobility) is running hot and causing it to shut down. I’ve taken a look at the thermal pad on the card and it looks in perfect condition also the fan is clean and running so I’m stumped. So before I scrap it I thought I would see if anyone here has any ideas.

With it running
Open a terminal and do: top

In the output see if X is thrashing away, that would strain the GPU
You could always post a screenshot of what you see

Sorry I forgot to mention Windows XP is still on it. I’m trying to fix it before putting openSUSE on it. I can put openSUSE on it if it will help in finding the problem.

Hang on
So the overheating is running XP?

On 10/24/2011 08:56 AM, zach wilson wrote:
>
> Sorry I forgot to mention Windows XP is still on it. I’m trying to fix
> it before putting openSUSE on it. I can put openSUSE on it if it will
> help in finding the problem.

look here for the minimum system requirements for openSUSE 11.4:
http://en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements

my point: if 11 year old technology XP drives your old box to overheat,
take a think on what a 6 month old technology might demand!!

suggest you install a MUCH lighter and less resource needy
system…perhaps have a look at Puppy…

if your intention/goal is to just have a look at Linux and evaluate it
as an alternative then you need to evaluate it on a modern machine (else
you will conclude incorrectly), best to do that with a Live CD from here
http://software.opensuse.org/, and just boot from the disk and have a
blast…if your old machine won’t run the Live CD then you know to find
a less resource insistent distro…

there are several listed in this old post: http://tinyurl.com/ylf8zq9


DD
http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat
openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

Yes it’s currently running XP. Its 5 years old specs are 2 gigs of ram, AMD Turion64 2.2 ghz, ATI x700 128 megs of ram. Right now only things that call heavily on the video card cause it to shut down. Found an old 3d test scene on the computer launched it and let render over night. It took 11 hours but no shut down because the 3d program only uses the cpu to render. When I launched a game that was on the computer (Doom 3) it began running hot and shut down in about 2 minutes.

I’m just looking to have a basic second machine to run Gimp, Rythm Box, and be able to browse the web when the main comp (a desktop running Windows 7 and openSUSE 11.4) is tied up with a render.

It sounds like it’s fine to me and that you might be expecting too much from it in the first place.
openSUSE should run fine. Test a live CD as has been suggested.

On 2011-10-24 07:06, zach wilson wrote:

> I’ve taken a look at the thermal pad on the card and it looks in
> perfect condition also the fan is clean and running so I’m stumped.

Maybe you have to do the same job you did on the cpu.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)