E-machines shut down problem

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Marty643

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I have an e-machines M6809 computer and it shuts down unexpectedly from time to time. IT is about 3 years old. Last year I put new thermal compound between the AMD Athlon 64 processor and the heat sink and it seemed to help for a time. (Maybe it was my imagination) Now it shuts down more frequently but I haven't re-applied new thermal compound. I'm not sure if that was the problem. Does anybody have information and a solution to this problem. I think it happens more frequently when the computer is on battery power, but it's hard to tell because it happens even when plugged in.
 
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What do you mean "more thermal compound"? If you add "more", meaning that you are building it up so that it is thick, then your cpu will overheat quickly. A good quality thermal past won't degrade over time and will last many years. You only need a very thin layer in order for it to work effectively. Did you clean out all of the dust from the pc? You may have an OS problem which you can check error logs for.
 

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MichaelDee said:
What do you mean "more thermal compound"? If you add "more", meaning that you are building it up so that it is thick, then your cpu will overheat quickly. A good quality thermal past won't degrade over time and will last many years. You only need a very thin layer in order for it to work effectively. Did you clean out all of the dust from the pc? You may have an OS problem which you can check error logs for.
To answer your question, yes, I did clean up the old themal compound and put a thin layer of new compound on. And yes, I did clean up the dust, which wasn't much.
 
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