About a year and a half ago my T500 started making a strange noise which I thought was the hard drive. In an effort to diagnose the problem I installed 'Notebook Hardware Control Personal Edition Software' which is essentially just a suite of diagnostic tools. Anyway, I finally figured out that the problem was the CPU fan and not the hard drive and replaced it. The noise stopped but I did find that I would get the occasional pop up message from the diagnostic software warning me that my CPU temp is greater than 80C. This was especially frequent when I would play a certain flash based game on the internet. I've mostly just ignored them for the last year but recently I started using the machine very frequently in a very hot (90Fish) room and the pop up warnings have become even more frequent. Today it even hit 90C and a windows dialog popped up warning me that it was going to shut down windows.
Is there anything I can do about this? Unfortunately the atmosphere in the room in which I'm working is outside of my control. What are the chances that this is related to the fact that I made a mistake when I replaced the fan? How serious is this issue? Is it just the CPU that's in danger or might I also lose data off of the hard drive?
However, if excessive CPU temperature causes the CPU to malfunction... Well, I'm no expert in temperature-related CPU malfunctions, but I would think there is the possibility that it would not just stop dead in its tracks, but first somehow crash the OS and whatever apps you are running. That could potentially result in logical corruption of your HD - i.e. data loss.
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If you are still experiencing overheating problems with your T500, you may want to try TpFanControl which you can download the latest release at the following url:
Download, install the program and take the default settings which should work fine. You can always adjust settings, if needed.
Hope this is of some help.
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