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X230 Overheating

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X230 Overheating

#1 Post by myxomop » Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:32 pm

Why is my X230 overheating? I have it sitting on a hard surface so as to presumably allow air intake from beneath. It is hottest at the rear right corner. Hovering at 100C according to Speccy, even when under low to no RAM or CPU load. I'm away from home and don't have my toolkit with me...
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Re: X230 Overheating

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:12 am

Time to re-paste the little guy....that would be my guess anyway.

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Re: X230 Overheating

#3 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:13 am

Not much you can do about it without opening it up, I'm afraid. Can you check if the fan is spinning?
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Re: X230 Overheating

#4 Post by myxomop » Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:08 am

just blew into the two ducts, hard, and the temps are back to the low 60s, consistently. dislodged bust bunny?
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Re: X230 Overheating

#5 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:46 am

myxomop wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:08 am
just blew into the two ducts, hard, and the temps are back to the low 60s, consistently. dislodged bust bunny?
That would "fix" it, for now. But you really need to clean the darn thing, since all that dust is still inside and will block the vents again sooner rather than later.

Low 60s on an idle laptop is bad in any case. I'm in a tropical country and my X220 idles in the low 50s.
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Re: X230 Overheating

#6 Post by davidgurvich » Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:12 pm

I had a laptop come in that was shutting down after 1 or 2 minutes. I opened it up and had to dig the dust out of the radiator and fan with a toothpick as it had become a kind of cement. Essentially acted as a heat gun straight back to the cpu/gpu. Problem immediately disappeared.
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Re: X230 Overheating

#7 Post by tthinkpad_xyz » Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:41 am

Hi, I'm also experiencing overheating problems on my x230.

I want to replace the thermal paste and the thermal pad (Actually I don't have thermal pad on the GPU, only thermal paste).

Any recommendations on thermal paste brands, and the thermal pad dimensions?

Thanks!

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Re: X230 Overheating

#8 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:42 am

Thermal pad dimensions: 25mm x 25mm is more than enough, 20mm x 20mm works too. You can get a 20mm x 60mm strip, just cut it to size.
Thickness: 1mm is OK, but no thicker--had a bad experience with a 1.5mm thermal pad on my X220.

Thermal paste... I'd go with fellow forum member RealBlackStuff's recommendation: Phobya Nanogrease Extreme.
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Re: X230 Overheating

#9 Post by tthinkpad_xyz » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:57 am

axur-delmeria wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:42 am
Thermal pad dimensions: 25mm x 25mm is more than enough, 20mm x 20mm works too. You can get a 20mm x 60mm strip, just cut it to size.
Thickness: 1mm is OK, but no thicker--had a bad experience with a 1.5mm thermal pad on my X220.

Thermal paste... I'd go with fellow forum member RealBlackStuff's recommendation: Phobya Nanogrease Extreme.
Thank you! I will try that! :D

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