I just came into an older but very lovable Gateway m-1625, which is a 15" media laptop running a TL60 Turion 64x2 cpu. I got it cheap because it was shutting down due to excess heat.
I began by restoring the installation to factory via the recovery partition. This helped because the HDD was so fragmented that all kinds of system filed had become corrupted and the drive was working overtime. The lappy runs Vista x86, which I then fully updated. I got rid of uncessary background programs to keep things light.
I flashed the bios to the latest version. It's a pretty dumbed-down bios, unfortunately.
The machine definitely began operating more coolly. The HDD temp went from 48C to 35 during defrag operations.
At this point I turned my attention to the hardware. I opened the case and blew out everything. I renewed the thermal paste on the cpu. A few more degrees came off the HDD that way.
But the CPU is still running hot. It's about 62C on idle, and has gone up to 72 while defragging. This is uncomfortable under the fingers.
I would love to drop the CPU temps another 7-10d if feasible. My question is how to do it:
How much of a role is buggy Vista playing in this? Would it help to upgrade to Win8? I've got Win8 on a 2GHz Intel Core Duo IBM laptop, and it handles well. It has about the weight of WinXP.
Would a 64 bit OS handle heat better than x86?
Would upgrading to a more powerful chip for the same S1g1 socket help the temp, or make it worse?
Is it possible for a cpu to go bad and begin to overheat? It's hard to imagine a new machine getting away with putting out this level of therms.
Is there such a thing as upgrading the fan?
I don't know what else to do. The fan is doing its best to get the hot air out of there, but it's not enough. I had the thought of soldering extension fins onto the heatsink. But that gets rid of existing heat, it doesn't lessen the amount of heat being produced.
Any insight would be much appreciated.