Sure, I had noticed it before but not really noticed just how hot the underside of my Dell Precision M65 was getting during use. This evening after recieving near 3rd degree burns on my legs after a relatively short session I thought enough was enough. Surely this cannot be normal?
A quick monitor of the CPU Core temperature reported it running at 89C – ouch, no wonder the top of my thighs felt cooked and sore to the touch!
After a quick dig around I came upon http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/index.html and a tool entitled, I8kfanGUI.
I8kfanGUI is a graphical Windows application to show the internal temperatures and to control the fan operation on the Dell Inspiron/Latitude/Precision notebook series. It’s running under Windows 2000 and above operating system versions (Windows 2000/XP/Server2003/Vista).
After a very quick install, I am now running at just under 50C and seem to have a much happier laptop as well. I have no idea just what was occurring, but things seem to have settled down now. Cool!