What is a heating problem

Question

In the past few days, while operational my computer has begun beeping at me from the internal speaker (i.e. within the case, not through the exterior speakers). There is no particular pattern to the beeps, but they seem to come more frequently when I activate programs (like start a 3D computer game). After every beep the system hangs for half a second before resuming normal operation. In addition, programs seems to have been less stable and my system has had to be restarted more. When I'm running a 3D game, the computer beeps every ten seconds or so. I opened the case, and the beeping seemed to be coming from the modem card, although it could have been coming from a speaker on the motherboard behind the card. I tried disabling the modem in my device manager, but this did not make the difference.

My room is not air conditioned, and it's been pretty hot the past couple of days. Is it possible that the computer is overheating, and the beeping I'm hearing is the heating sensor going off? If so, how would I tell if that's the case? Am I harming the computer permanently by running it when it's too hot? Is there any way to fix the problem (apart from buying an air conditioner)?

Answer

This question was answered on August 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There are programs you can download from the net that would play like a cop and let you know if your cpu is over heating and also this program will shut your system down Yes you can harm your computer if it is very hot You can also try putting in more fans, that will help also.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 27, 2003