i've been looking for ages for a way to fix a problem that i have with my laptop. it's a very common one for this kind of laptops.
my laptop is an eMachines M6811. Here's the bios agent report:
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Program: eSupport.com BIOS Agent Version 3.45 BIOS Date: 08/11/04 BIOS Type: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 BIOS ID: eMachine Shadow-K8 BIOS Version: 0F08.P00 OEM Sign-On: None Chipset: VIA 82C3188 rev 1 Superio: Unknown OS: WinXP SP2 CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2200 Mhz MAX: 2500 Mhz BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes BIOS ROM Size: 512K Memory Installed: 512 MB Memory Maximum: 4096 MB Memory Slot 01: 256 MB Memory Slot 02: 256 MB
my idea is that there is something wrong with the cpu heat sensor (it's not readable, so i can't check that). it reports that the temperature is lower than it actually is at low temperatures. when the temp gets higher (while playing hl2) it works fine, the fan is blowing and nothing shuts down.
but when i'm not doing anything cpu-intensive, the sensor thinks that everything is fine and doesn't kic kin the fans. it ocassionaly does, though. but when the temp slowly rises to the maximum possible it suddenly realises that it's too much and tries to keep it together by making the fan to work as hard as possible. and that's when the laptop usually shuts down. so it does overheat, but only because of the stupid sensor. not because i'm overclocking or anything.
i figured, maybe i can lower the acpi cpu temperature at which the fan is supposed to kick in. so the fan would start working at lower temps and the cpu wouldn't overheat. there are no settings in the stupid bios that can be changed for acpi. i tried to reprogram the bios, but the phoenix bios editor is just too much for me.
you guys are my last hope. if i can't solve the problem, the laptop is practically unusable. and it's really annoying that it shuts down all the time.
actually, i don't even know where the sensor is. it might be just under the cpu and it might be in the cpu itself. bah...