A few quick q's

flamethrower205

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Finally built my friend's comp today, specs r:
A64 3000+
MSI Neo Platinum nForce 3
1GB 400MHz DDR
Radeon X800 Pro
74GB Raptor
200GB 7.2K RPM WD secondary drive
etc.

Thing is that right after I turn it on and go to pc health status, it reports 58-60 degrees C, and this steadily increases to 68 even at the pc health screen (idleness). We ran 3D Mark 2003 (9333 score) and played some pain killer then checked temps- 65 degrees! WTF?! The heatsink isn't that hot to the touch...when my comp reaches 62 it burns to touch the heatsink, here I can place my hand and it's kind of hot but not bad. Does this seem like a temp sensor error, and is 50-60 celcius range for idle ok in general for this kind of cpu?

Next q is on networking (for different friend). He has some pos belkin router he's fed up with and wants to go for a g router at 54mbps, maybe something like linksys. The problem is signal consistency, so is one of those signal booster antennas the solution? The afterburner/ speedboost tech seems more to have to do with speed on a strong signal than improving signal strength. What other companies are good for this type of stuff?

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TheRod

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For your temperature problem : are you sure the heatsink have a good contact with the core. If the contact between the cpu and the heatsink is not good, the heat will not transfer well from the CPU to the heatsink. Have you use thermal paste? Have you try removing and reinstalling the HSF?

You can also use a third party application to read CPU/MB temperature like Motherboard Monitor.

It's just a few ideas...

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flamethrower205

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I checked it and it was on tightly. Took it off and put it again tho, and it seemed very tight again. I may try some arctic silver, tho I doubt that'll do anything.

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flamethrower205

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TheRod

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If it's correctly fixed, don't waste money on thermal paste unless you want to do overclocking.

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flamethrower205

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I have the stuff already, but I'm not gonna reseat the heat sink. It turns out this is just a problem with a change on some new A64 procs in the temp sensor and then the mobo doesn't read it right. Will just wait for bio update.

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flamethrower205

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I don't have exact measurements, but it's a mid sized house, ranging from one end to the other. What strikes me is you can't hear sound very well thru the walls- they insulte well compared to many houses (including mine) that I've been in. That I'm assuming has something to do with it. I wonder tho if a simple 54mbps linksys router will do the trick, this belkin is seemingly a pos. Am I right in assuming that because it's 54mbps the signal must be stronger so the signal interuptions and weakness will simply lead to decreased speed more than actual stoppage of data with a g?

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