Dell XPS 15 L501X Overheating

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RGupta Posted: Sat, Apr 13 2013 12:46 PM

Friends, this my first forum post in my life!

I am a proud owner of Dell XPS L501X with following Config:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
  • Intel Core i7 740QM Clarksfield 45nm Technology
  • 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
  • GeForce GT 435M 2048MB
  • 500GB Seagate ST9500420AS HDD SATA-II

When it was new, the temps were around 55C for CPU and 50 for GPU, which jumped up to 60/55 for CPU/GPU respectively during Firefox web sessions.

But after 2 years, the idle temps are 60/57 with 70/65 for web browsing.

All the dell crapware was removed after first usage.

70/65 is also during VMware 9 with ubuntu 12.10 as Guest OS (1GB RAM alloted) and WMP playing a song.

So, how should I go forward with this?

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Clixxer replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 3:55 PM

Have you cleaned out the fans or the inside? Is the fan even turning on? Laptops typically run hot which im sure you know but that could be the issue is the fan could be clogged or not on or something along those lines.

Last resort would be to redo thermal paste on cpu/gpu but the fans are a place to start.

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realneil replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 7:09 PM

Welcome to HotHardware Mr. Gupta!

could be the issue is the fan could be clogged


Blowing the built-up dust out of the laptop will help a lot.

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