Windows XP forum: Overheating above 50 degrees C

by: alidickson October 17, 2005 10:53 AM PDT

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Overheating above 50 degrees C

by alidickson - 10/17/05 10:53 AM

I'm running Win XP w/SP2. I have a 10GB hard drive and a 200GB hard drive (the slave). It has 256 RAM, but I have another 256 stick to add when I get time. The desktop is an HP Pavilion a305w. I've had no problems since installing the additional hard drive.

My problem: Ever since yesterday afternoon I'm getting a pop-up message which says "Warning! Attribute Raw Read Error Rate changes from 49 to 50". Another box opens which says "Caution! Temperature is over critical! It is currenty 46 degrees C". Are these 2 messages related or entirely 2 different problems? They both started appearing at approximately the same time. I don't remember getting the first warning yesterday, but they are both appearing today. Last night I just powered everything down, instead of my usual stanby mode. I do have satellite broadband, but I've had that for a couple of months.

I've been downloading more than usual for the past week. Could that be the problem? The fans are running, and I see no other abnormality. Both hard drives do feel quite warm to the touch, but I don't know if that is normal or not.

I frantically searched the internet today for a free backup utility, as I'm afraid I'm going to lose everything unless this problem is corrected in time! I couldn't find one that I could understand! Does anyone have one they recommend? I don't have a Windows backup program (like the Pro version has). And if my hard drives fail, why would I want to back everything up to my hard drive?? I would think I should back up to CD. I don't have a DVD burner on this PC.

HELP!! Thanks for any advice and suggestions!

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