m15x overheating - total amateur

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  1. cha

    cha Notebook Deity

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    Here's the lowdown on the different BIOS versions available for the area 51 m15x

    X32
    1. Works great for all processors except the x9000, wherein it causes spontaneous downclocking
    2. Has issues with the touch controls not functioning when closing the lid of the laptop, then waking it up from sleep

    X34
    1. Solves the downclocking issues of the extreme processors
    2. Solves the unresponsive touch controls issues when re opening the lid
    3. Has very high DPC latency issues

    X36
    1. Solves the DPC latency issues of the X34
    2. Has a temperature bug which shows CPU temperature always at 80 degrees, causing the fans to go full blast, except in stealth mode
    3. Added support for 9800m GT

    If you don't have the x9000 as your processor, I would recommend x32, that is unless you have the 9800m gt wherein you have to use x36
     
  2. Alien Abnormal

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    Hi,
    oh ok. Thanks for the infos bout the BIOS update, I won't do that.
    And I just cleaned the vents and it's like a miracle :D
    There was a lot of dust in it, I cleaned it with compressed air and now it works great!! I can play my games now on max. (earlier only minimum) with 60 instead of 20-30 fps!!
    No overheating anymore and Thermofan shows normal temperatures!
    Thanks, it worked great :) Now I'll just look to get some of this thermal paste in the next few weeks and everything will be alright i think...

    Greetz, Abnormal.~

    P.s.: sry for double posting :eek:
     
  3. inap

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    i suggest getting a cooler too. its a must for that model. and get into the habit of cleaning out the fans about once a month.
     
  4. dwend

    dwend Notebook Evangelist

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    A good way to make it run a good 5C cooler is to add some memory heat sinks to the GPU's flat heat sink that covers the GPU. I used some old BFG memory heat sinks such as these http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgmemsinks.aspx and It cooled it down quite a bit.

    Also I am still on my original lid and parts, Every thing works perfectly. I did have to bake the GPU about a month ago. But I was playing games every night for 4 hours each night for 2 years, That is a lot of heat cycles.
     
  5. cha

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    No worries man, we're here to help.
     
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