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#1 +ultimate99

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 13:05

I have the HP Pavilion tx2000 running windows vista. I use this our "media" device, mostly youtube and netflix, however, it gets really hot, noisy with choppy video and audio. should I install linux to make it "easier" on the system?




#2 Sadelwo

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 13:19

Weren't the tx2000's one of those HP laptops that launched in Vista's time with the defective Nvidia graphics chips? I had a few of those come my way with non working wifi, white screens and no booting and it all traced back to the overheating flaw in the graphics chip that killed it and surrounding components. I'm surprised yours lasted this long. I don't think an OS change will do much, more of a hardware problem.



#3 zhangm

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 13:20

What are your CPU and GPU temperatures when performing video/audio tasks? You can install a program like Speccy to find out (be forewarned that you should uncheck "offers" in Speccy's installer). If this is an overheating issue, a different OS won't make much difference.

If the laptop is overheating, you may want to clean it. Blowing canned air into the exhaust vents or intake vents might help, but it is usually more effective to disassemble the laptop down to the fan assemblies, remove all the dust, re-apply fresh thermal paste to the CPU and GPU if applicable, and reassemble everything.

A service manual for your laptop can be viewed here.
http://h10032.www1.h...l/c01343334.pdf

#4 cork1958

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 14:01

Actually,

I have found that Linux DOES run a little cooler than Windows, but I wouldn't guarantee that fixes your problem. Try a live Linux cd and see what happens.

 

Does sound much more like a combination graphics card issue and dirt.



#5 flynempire

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 17:09

I had to service years ago a laptop like this. The Nivida graphics card was never soldered on correct and over time the contact would be lost and GPU would overheat causing all types of issues.

 

Vista did not help matters. Sorry but I hated Vista and so glad Windows 7 came about,



#6 srbeen

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:22

IF its getting hot that sounds like a hardware problem. Your fans/heatsinks have built up a lot of dirt and need to be cleaned out, or the video card is defective as stated in this thread. I cannot see how using different software will resolve your problem unless windows 'upgraded' your video card drivers to manufacturer and you need OEM-issued ones.





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