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SATURDAY, MARCH 2

FOR GEEKS ONLY

Today's multi-gigahertz microprocessors run hot. Really hot. So hot, in fact, that they can burn themselves out in a matter of seconds unless they're properly cooled. (We know because it's happened to us.)

Be sure the fans on your computer are working. Check them from time to time for signs of wear, and clean out any dust that could reduce their efficiency.

When installing a new processor, don't forget to install a fan and heatsink. Be sure the fan has a good thermal connection to the processor. And always use a fan designed for the right processor. Using a fan designed for a Pentium on an Athlon can crack the processor.

For lots more information in CPU cooling, visit HardOCP at www.hardocp.com/cooling.html.

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