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Re: [SLE] [OT] Athlon Processor
Steven is right about being very careful about applying the fan to the CPU.
Make sure that the fan is specifically for the Athlon chip you have. I've
heard too many stories about either putting on generic cpu fans and/or using
a little too much force when mounting/setting the fan and then cpu into the
board. Athlons are notorious for cracking the cpu in these instances - they
can be a bit fragile. You can do it as long as your mindful and cover all
your bases.

HTH. Cheers. Curtis

On Wednesday 30 May 2001 08:14 am, Guy Van Sanden wrote:
> Hello
> I know this is off topic, but I just bought a new PC (for Linux), but
> I suspect that the guy who sold it to me isn't completely honest. So,
> I need some help, and I've always found friends here.
> The thing is, my wife has been saving for a long time to give me a
> decent Linux machine (for my birthday, cause my old one was getting
> real slow for what I use it for), and I really don't want it to break
> down in a couple of years.
> My system is an Athlon 1.333 GHZ with a ThermalTake Volcano cooler.
> (- Abit motherboard, to be replaced with an Asus which was out of
> stock - VIA chipset - Award bios)
> It should cool the CPU down to about 30°-40°C (specially when idle),
> but my CPU is constantly running at 56°C - 60°C...
> Even when idle (same on full load). I thought the kapmd-idle thread
> would keep it cool? But that guy claims that isn't so for an Athlon
> (only Intel). He also claims that this temperature can do no harm to
> my CPU, but I doubt that. Searching the internet indicates that
> temperatures like that shorten the life of an Athlon (most of my
> systems run up to 10 years, about 4-5 years with me, and than past on
> to family members), and on many sites, the ThermalTake volcano is
> rated very good (should cool to 30-35° when idle).
> He claims I might be able to get my CPU cooler by running (once) a
> windows utility that can set a register on the chipset to make it run
> idle when not loaded? Does anyone know if this is true?
> I also fear that the CPU might be a lower type (1-1.2, overclocked to
> 1.333), is there any way to check this?
> I'm sorry about posting this topic, but I really need help.
> Thanks for any ideas!
> Guy
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