Recently, my year-old laptop began BSODing, turning off unexpectedly and heating up very fast when playing games. This is regardless of the integrated graphics or the add-on NVidia graphics used.
Model: Samsung RF711-S02-US OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU: Intel Core i7 2630QM @ 2GHz (current temp 78°C - 81°C) RAM: 4GB DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24) Motherboard: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. RF511/RF411/RF711 (CPU 1) (current temp 80°C - 84°C) GPU: Intel HD Graphics Family + NVidia GT540M HDD: 699GB Hitachi (SATA) (current temp 41°C)
It looks to me like a heat issue since it lasts longer when I use low game settings and focus an external fan on the left side of the laptop (where the grills are, the area where it becomes hottest).
This was never an issue on the first few months of usage as I was playing WoW/SC2 Starter most of the time and doing file transfers overnight, so the laptop is on almost 'round the clock.
Recently though, when my son started playing Skyrim, it would BSOD with DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. More recently, it just turns off.
During those times, I would notice that the left side of the laptop, the grills under the power cord, puts out a lot of heat.
I am not sure how to get this fixed (should I have this serviced already?). I'm concerned because this is just a year old. Should I consider re-seating the CPU?
The temp readings I mentioned above are from Speccy and I'm not even playing any game. I have 2 Chrome tabs and 4 explorer windows.
Any idea how I can solve the issue? Other smart recommendations to make my laptop last longer?