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Dell Precision T3500 Shutdown due to thermal event

Question: Dell Precision T3500 Shutdown due to thermal event

Hello, my dell precision t3500 started showing symptoms of bad Heatsink since december 2015. It has been restarting several times and showing "Previous shutdown due to thermal event.". In the first few weeks it used to shutdown like twice a week. Currently i get a lot of shutdowns. I can't use my computer for 3 hours, it shuts down at least once every single hour.
What i've done so far....(My solutions)
I rubbed off the heat sink compound between the processor and heatsink and applied new heatsink compound. This didn't help. The computer was still shutting down due to thermal events.
I read on a forum where someone was having a shutdown problem just like me and a dell expert advised him to upgrade to the latest bios. I was running the latest bios at the instant when my computer started shutting down due to cpu excessive temperature. I tried downgrading the bios from A17 to A14, now the computer would stay for 3-5 hours without shutting down. Downgrading didn't help either. I know that the old bios had a greater temperature threshold and that's the reason for the computer staying longer before detecting a excessive cpu temperature than in the A17 bios version. Ok, so processor upgrade/downgrade didn't help either.
i wen't out to a computer store and bought a new Heatsink for my dell precision t3500, i removed the old HeatSink and replaced it with the new one. The computer booted just fine, stayed up for 3 hours and i was shocked to see a sudden shutdown, then i turned on my computer to see the same same message "Previous shutdown due to thermal Event". So replacing the HeatSink didn't help. Before replacing the heatsink i made sure the fan with super clean with no dust.
What should i do next ? what might be a possible solution ? Thanks.

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Answer: Dell Precision T3500 Shutdown due to thermal event

What's the actual full error when the thermal event occurs? Usually there are multiple temp sensors on a machine - does error say which one is causing thermal event?
I'd see what all temps actually are and monitor them. What does HWMonitor or HWiNFO (Sensors window) say temps are when system is idle and under load?
What CPU are you using? Thermal shutdown threshold within a CPU is often around 100C, which usually is pretty hard to hit for a desktop (as opposed to a laptop).
What heatsink compound are you using? Is it making good contact but thinly applied? You can check this by removing the heatsink - compound should be pressed out and thin enough to "see through it' evenly across surface. A thick application has poor thermal properties because thermal compounds are much poorer conductors of heat (~8 W/mK) than copper (~400 W/mK) or aluminum (~200 W/mK).
I'd also check for dust/blockage on case air intakes and fans (including the PSU fan) - this can cause poor heat removal from the case and resulting heat buildup.

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My pc is Dell Optiplex gx270
That's the message from appearing BIOS when I start the computer ...
Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event.....
I then have a choice between F1 and F2
F1: Press F1 to continue -> windows going to start and then the machine will turn off automatically.
F2: Press F2 tp run the set up utility-- > It goes to BIOS

Can someone help me before I call Dell because it is the client machine!

Thank you

Answer:Dell Optiplex gx270 Problem: Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event.....

Check for excessive dust and proper fan operation. Sounds like it is overheating and shutting down.

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My pc is Dell Optiplex gx270
That's the message from appearing BIOS when I start the computer ...
Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event.....
I then have a choice between F1 and F2
F1: Press F1 to continue -> windows going to start and then the machine will turn off automatically.
F2: Press F2 tp run the set up utility-- > It goes to BIOS

Can someone help me Please!

Thank you

Answer:Dell Optiplex gx270 Problem: Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event.....

Try clearing the event log. Instructions from a Dell support forum:

Start the system.
Press 'F2' to enter System Setup.
Under the Maintenance heading, highlight 'System Event Log' and press the 'Enter' key.
Highlight 'Clear System Event Log' and press the 'Enter' key.
Press the 'Esc' key twice to restart.

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Hello I have a dell precision T3500 with Bios A13 (Updated from A07) and I've seen other people who say their t3500's idle at like 30-40c and 60c under load with the 130tdp (i think) cooler. the bigger one. well i have the bigger one available on my Xeon W3530 and it IDLES at a HUGE 78c and when it gets to about 13% usage on the CPU it gets to like 90c for no reason, I've used HWmonitor, NZXT CAM, Speed fan, and a few others. And they all report the same temps. the cooler on the CPU is passive cooled with no fan directly attached and i was wondering if i can add a aftermarket cooler to it? is the socket a standard 1366? i wanted to grab a Noctua cooler or something but I'm worried the socket isn't standard mounting and the cooler will be too big. I've checked and replaced the thermal paste with no change in temp. When it hits 80c the fans rev up and get really loud and it's annoying. Is there a TEMP readout in the bios? I'm really confused about these temps.

Answer:Dell Precision T3500 Getting Really Hot! DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY!

Depending on how many slots you have a better solution is to get Slot fans that pull from the front and vent out the back.  You want a front to back straight path.  You may also need sata to molex adapter if you don't have a 3rd party power supply like a corsair CS750M.
The cooler is not passive there are 2 fans in the front that blow over the cpu cooler towards the back.
Check the thermal paste and fans as well as vacume out the dust bunnies.
 None of the programs you mention are supported by Dell.
The temp you seem to be reading would be higher than the max for the cpu. If it was really getting that hot you would be having shutdowns with thermal events.


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I've been thinking of upgrading to a used Precision T3500. I've looked on wikipedia and pdf's and saw that it comes with either a Xeon 3500, 5500 or 5600 series. Which series is the best one? I'm assuming the 5600 series is the best one. And if so, anyone know which cpu in this series is the best one offered for this particular system?

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Hi to all on Dell's Forum:
I am new on this forum and its first time to ask a question on any forum.
My first question: What are enhancement in dell t3500 new bios update for the whole hardware in dell t3500?
i.e "A17"
My second question: Does Dell t3500 can support pc3 12800 NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 like Corsair Vengeance or kingston hyperX. Does A17 Bios can run pc3 12800 at 1600 MHz, because dell bios are not too flexible, I have googling too much and I mostly found that dell t3500 only support 1066 and 1333 MHz. Some particular  processors are only support 1333Mhz like xeon W3580 etc, rest of all processors operate with 1066 Mhz.
But I have little doubt when I have opened these links:

I have mostly used this pc for home tasks like gaming, internet, office works, music etc. As a gaming rig I want to upgrade more memory for gaming with non ecc pc3 12800 at 1600 module.
Please help me in that issue. All your kind comments, assistance and suggestions are highly appreciated.

Answer:Dell Precision T3500 Memory Configuration

BIOS: I'm not certain of the enhancements, but I'm quite certain updating to the latest BIOS is recommended.Much has happened since the T3500 was made- operating systems, commonality of SSD's and etc.
Memory:  The T3500 may use up to 24GB ECC or non DDR3 ECC RAM at speeds up to 1333.:
 As far as I know, DDR3 1600 speed memory if used may be recognized, but would run at 1333 as the Xeon 5600-series support 1066 and 1333 speeds.   In my experience, the best way to ensure successful memory upgrades is to concult the specifications- see above, and then remove a RAM module and record the exact information on the RAM used in the system. You will see if it's single or dual ranked, that's the "1R X8 or "2R x8", ECC or non-ECC, and if it's ECC, if registered or unbuffered. If it's ECC and used with the X58 chipset which uses triple-channel RAM,  I have a vague memory that you need to use "registered" memory which was more common in servers.  I've never used non-ECC RAM,  but I believe that ECC and non-ECC use different slots, and you would have to use whichever type the slots mounted on the motherboard require.
If the RAM is ECC, the best specification might be something like: "1Rx8 PC3-10600R"- single rank DDR3 1333 registered ECC.  Single rank is a bit faster as the signal is passing through fewer chips. That is n... Read more

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I just installed an internal speaker in my Dell Precision T3500.  How do I configure a Windows 10 system to use that speaker?  The T3500 product documentation references the internal speaker but I haven't found any documentation on how to get it to work.  I assume it's a cheap business speaker, so I know the quality won't be great.  I'm just hoping for some basic sound out of it.
Thanks in advance,

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I wanted to upgrade my T3500 So I bought a 24 gig tri-channel memory, but I bought 3 8 gig modules.
After purchasing it, I discovered that the largest size memory module is 4 gig.
So, my question is, will 8 gig memory modules work?  Re-stocking fee is 15 dollars, if I return the memory.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Dell Precision T3500 Anyone use 8 gig Memory module?

Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 (ECC)
Maximum Memory: 24GB
Slots: 6         x   4 Gig per slot.

Recommended Upgrade

12GB kit (4GBx3)  DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64 •   •  Part #: CT1029950

How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found here.

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I have a Dell Precision T3500 workstation. I want to install a PCIe SSD in this workstation. Please advise is it possible?

Answer:PCIe SSD installation on Dell Precision T3500

The ability to use a PCIe/NVMe drive to boot the system is a 2016 technology -- the T3500 is about eight years old (and doesn't have UEFI support, which is required to boot NVMe).  You CAN use an SSD to boot the system but you'll need a SATA drive, not PCIe/NVMe.

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I have Dell T3500 desktop, I pressed the start button and the lamp on the start button started blinking for few seconds with a sound from power supply unit (SMPS/PSU) and the light 1 and 3 blinks and everything turns off. during this I observed that the PSU fan get's a small motion but doesn't rotate, the LED on mother board (orange color) turns on. I have been trying to start again and again, it's not working.
Is this because the PSU has turned faulty? or just a RAM issue? I removed the RAM's cleaned it and then re-inserted it but that too went in vain. Can anyone please help me in resolving this?

Answer:Dell T3500 Precision doesn't start

Flashing Amber power button is Bad Power supply.

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I have just brought a SanDisk SSD for my Dell Precision T3500 but I found out the PC does NOT support SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s).
So what can I do for it?
I want to buy a SATA 3.0 controller for the PC, so which one do you recommend?
PS: the SSD is supposed to be used as OS drive so it must be "bootable".

Answer:SATA 3.0 Controller for Dell Precision T3500

HighPoint RocketRAID 640L Internal 4-Port PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA 3 6Gpbs Controller Card

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I have a Dell Precision T3500 workstation. Its specs are as follows:
CPU: Xeon x5650
RAM: 8 GB (currently installed, planning to upgrade upto 24 GB)
GPU: Nvidia Quadro 2000 (planning to upgrade to Nvidia Quadro M4000)
PSU: 525 Watts
I want to use Autodesk Inventor 2017, Maya 3D on this workstation. Please advise me can this workstation handle these applications.

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The computer has an NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420.  I have 3 monitors using straight DVI to DVI cables.  Only the monitor connected to monitor input 1 will work.  Windows only detects 1 monitor.  I have connected the other monitors to monitor input 1 and they all work.  I have updated the Nvidia drivers and it works the same.  I have moved the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420 to the second PCI slot on the mother board and it works the same. What am I missing?

Answer:Trouble setting up 3 monitors on a Dell Precision T3500

The nvs 420 is a legacy end of life card.  ATI and NVIDIA routinely DROP SUPPORT for older cards.
This means you are using windows 7 or 8 or 10 with a 2007 windows vista card.
The Default VGA driver does not support more than 1 monitor.
The NVS 420 became END OF LIFE END OF SUPPORT in 2014.
This means that driver updates DID NOT Go past version 340.
This means that ANY of the Driver versions past the legacy will not even see that the NVS 420 is installed.  The Release 340 drivers will continue to support these products until April 1, 2016, and the NVIDIA support team will continue to address driver issues for these products in driver branches up to and including Release 340. However, future driver enhancements and optimizations in driver releases after Release 340 will not support these products.
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I decided to spice up the old T3500 we had here with an X5640 cpu in stead of the original 3504!
It works, but under full load its getting rather hot.
Using real temp i see temperature differences to tjmax decreasing to about 8°C corresponding to an increasing absolute temperature of  92°C. Then i got scared and turned of the prime95 test.
Looking at the temperature monitoring graph the temp-s were not reallz converging yet, and would have incresed for a bit more.
We used artic silver thermal compound, and also the sink is getting really hot, so i dont think its a problem with the cpu-cooler mounting, we got these cpu-s in some other systems (HP Z600, and some self build systems with supermicro boards and coolers) , in all of those systems they need quite a bit of airflow, to keep  them under 80°C.
This little old t3500 however remains as silent as ever.
I also already dissabled Intel® Turbo Boost Technologie, but still it runns hot at stock speed.
I was always happy with the silent cooling and thermal control, with the stock cpu but now i like to make it a bit less quite and a bit more cool, but i couldn find any temperature control or fan speed managment in the Bios.
Is there any way to contol the thermal managment, speed up the fans?
It was also the first time i saw an lga1366 socket with these funny custom cooler connection.
Are there any other coolers available for the T3500?
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Answer:Dell precision T3500 Temperature control/ fan speed settings?

Its entirely possible that your arctic silver compound is fake. (It should look Black and Test for silver)
The chemical test is obtained from Jewelry store supplier.
You may need to remove the heatsink and clean the cpu and heatsink completely.
Lapping or polishing the heatsink where it contacts the cpu can also help.
Adding a Fan that sucks air and vents out the back via the Slots can help.

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Hi all,
I wanted to add some rear cooling to my Dell Precision T3500.  I recently upgraded to a W3580 cpu with the Cu base Al finned  Dell heatsink and added an AMD Firepro V7900 graphics card.  I would also like better cooling.

So are there headers on the motherboard that will control the fans for me?  If so, where are they?  Do they just take 3-pin connectors?  If not, did you have to adapt the fans to a molex connector?  How did you do it?

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I just got a t3500 from work last week and got some ram sticks and a hdd for it, and its all fully put together now, but when i power it up i get these beep codes and status light

1 long beep
3 normal beepswaits 1 sec2 normal beepsdiagnostic light1 = solid green2 = off3 = off4 = off

It leads to no display at all, i am using a displayport to hdmi cable, and tried both ports.specs:dell precision t3500cpu: xeon 5600 seriesram: KINGSTON 8GB 2x4GB DDR3 PC3 10600R 1333MHz 240pin ECCgpu: ATI FireMV V2260hdd: wd 1tb psu: as it comesany ideas why no display???the beep code is:1-3-2 =1st 64 K RAM test in progress or failure
diagnostic light: 

1- Solid 2- Off 3- Off 4- Off
Memory subsystem configuration activity is in progress. No memory modules were detected.

possible ram incompatibility or dimm slots playing up??

Answer:Dell precision t3500 beep codes, green light, no display

IThe ram i am using is ECC Registered

is this the problem?? As there is:
ECC unbuffered
ECC registered
non-ECC unbuffered

and apparently other people had same issues when they used 'registered' ECC ram

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Hello everyone:
As my post title implies I've got a Dell Precision T3500 loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center and I'm looking into the ins and outs of doing RAID on it.
You might have guessed, I'm no expert at this and am looking at building this as more of a learning exercise than anything else.
My system runs as is with no issues at all at this point, just fyi.
Does anyone know what direction I could go from here that would be productive?
After trying to install an unsupported HBA (LSIMegaraid 888elp), and having had my lunch handed to me, I sure would appreciate any insights or perhaps some proven solution that I've not been able to find up to this point.

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I couldn't find anything about Dell Precission t3500 workstation requirements. Is the 750w enough. Can my Thermaltake 750w PSU model SP-750P: Smart 750w W/Active PFC. It as +5V 22A, +3.3V 22A, +12V 62A. -12V 0.3A and +5VSB 2.5A. It as a 24pin and ATX 12v 4+4 pin work in a dell Precision T3500 workstation?
Is there a reason the t3500 need a lot more power on other rails like +5v 25A compare to other PC that never uses more than 20A?
I'm new just created a account. Hope this is the right place to ask this question

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I boot system. I sign in.....system shuts down all by itself. When I re-boot it tells me it failed to to "Thermal Event" and tells to be F1 to continues.

What is "Thermal Event"?

Answer:Thermal Event Shutdown


It basically means that your system overheated and shut itself down so as not to damage any components.
Reasons for this range from dust on the heatsink or a fan not spinning to heatsink not being seated correctly.

What is the make/specifications of the system and roughly how old is it?

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System : Dimension 3000 Hello, i'm having a problem with my Mother's computer. It is shutting down (completely powering off) and will not come back on for several hours, sometimes days. When it does power back on, before booting into windows, i get an error message that reads: Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event. I do not know what the problem is, both the case fan and power supply fan work properly and i have removed all of the dust from inside the case, including from the cpu heatsink. The case is not missing any expansion slot covers either. When i check the logs in the bios nothing is showing up at all. The computer is out of warranty and i'm stuck on what to do? thanks.

Answer:Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event

Have you checked, that the front panel air intake is clean?
Open the case and check that both the processor and chipset heatsinks are still firmly attached to the motherboard.

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OK so for the last week or so my pc has been cshutting off at random times and then on reboot indicating that there had been a thermal event. The fan on the CPU is working and the computer often shutdown immediately following start up (before there would be any chance for it to get too hot) I have run Advanced Systemcare free SInc I got it along with AVG Free. When I started noticing problems I also downloaded Ad-Aware and MalWareBytes. All systems run clean, but performance still sucks. Today I get the Thermal event Shutdown message again and when I look at thr event log it shows that my memeory was reduced on Oct 14th. I decide to try to go back to a restore point, and coincedientally the last restore point is Oct 14th. I run system restore, and the restore application comes back and tells me that it can't restore the computer to that day.

There is too much coincidence to make me think that nothing is happening, but I'm not PC savvy enough to figure out on my own. PLease help. Hi Jack this logs below
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My desktop is a Dell Dimension 4600c and lately I couldn't start it. The orange light on the power button is blinking and nothing happens when I press it. And at times when it would power on, I get a 'previous shutdown due to thermal event' message until recently it wouldn't start anymore.

Most of the times it wouldn't start is probably because of the air conditioner. The air blows directly to the computer and it gets real cold. So last time when it won't start I had to use a hairdryer to heat it up or put it out in the sun. But that doesn't seem to work anymore.

So my question is, is something wrong with the fan or the power supply?


1) I don't know if this is the place to post this
2) I really don't take care of my computer so let's forget about that.
3) Your suggestions and comments are greatly appreciated.
4) my location is Malaysia and the average room temperature is 30 degrees celcius

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Have scouted around in the forums & don't see this topic, so here goes. Would appreciate some guidance on the optimal placement for thermal pads & thermal paste on an AMD FirePro M6100 graphics card in a Precision m6600. I am upgrading the stock FirePro M8900 to the M6100. The cards are similiar, but not identical. I know I need to put thermal paste on the GPU itself, so I've secured some IC Diamond 7 Carat to do just that. However, the VRAM's & other raised surfaces on the card most likely need thermal pads or paste & the vendor just put a big light blue/green thermal pad in w/ the card & doesn't have any guides on where it is to be put, exactly. I have plenty of pad material to use from the M8900 & heatsink currently in the notebook, as well, & have re-purposed many of them, but temp still spikes to 90 degrees & climbing when it's pushed w/ high-end graphics in various applications, so I'm looking to stop that. Greatly appreciate any pointers you can provide. Have contacted AMD re: this & they said I need to ping Dell. Have reached out on several forums as well & still no go. Thanks again!

Answer:Precision m6600, AMD ATI FirePro M6100 FireGL graphics card installation, thermal pads and thermal paste

Hi there... I know the post is old but would like to share my experience on the topic. I have the M6600 with 2820QM processor and AMD M6100. When adding thermal pads over the GPU there is a potential for the GPU card to bend so I did not risk it - I simply added thermal paste. The GPU sits perfectly flush on the heatsink body, the supporting hardware modules around the card also sits flush on the segments within heatsink body. My unit is happy at 47 celsius when idling, and will not go over 85 celsius when pushed to the limit. I suggest that you keep it simple and and just strip the pads out.

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Dell website says it wasn't tested and no win10 drivers will be developed. Is it safe to set up a dual boot and try win10 that way?

Answer:Will Precision T3500 Run Win 10?

No that will not work. Windows 10 is a free upgrade for win 7 & 8.1 users and you must replace your current operating system or buy win 10 for $150-200. As a windows 10 tester and user, I recommend you stick with your current OS especially if you have windows 7. Windows 8.1 users who have Dell approved models might want to upgrade later on in the year. You have until July 29th 2016 to get the free upgrade.
Since Dell does not provide drivers for that model you would have to depend on win 10 for the right drivers. Wait until you replace the computer to get windows 10.

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I ordered About 10 sticks of Dell SNPP9RN2C/8G For my T3500s , These are 8gb PC3-10600 sticks.Here is a link. ( it is the 1st Type of Ram offered) putting these sticks in a t3500 I was receiving "non optimal ram config" error (the bios see's the 8gb stick). I could not get rid of this so I tried to only put the 8gb stick in. This caused the pc to not boot at all.After looking up some stuff I found the tech manual for the t3500. Reading this I found out the t3500 only supports up to a 4gb stick per slot. Then I thought why would dell make this the 1st option when you go to purchase upgrades for a t3500. Also, On the web page for the the RAM, The 1st table does not show the t3500 listed for compatibility. However, The list lower on the page does.Now after all this I Find BIOS update A11 says this under "fixed & enhancements" "Enhanced the memory map algorithm for 128GB configuration" . After installing the latest BIOS update (A17) and trying the ram again, Only putting the 8gb stick in , I still dont boot.( )Does A17 not contain this memory change? Why would dell offer this ram for the t3500? Or am I just missing something?

Answer:Precision T3500 Ram

Have you tried installing a pair of those 8-GB sticks together in slots 1 and 2?
Are you sure you know which one is slot 1, etc? Slot 1 may or may not be the first physical slot and it may or may not be the slot closest to the CPU. Unfortunately, the manual doesn't show which one is slot 1.
I'll see if I can get a Dell tech to review your post and respond here...

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I recently had a lightning strike nearby, taking out cable modem and other electronics.  My Precision T3500 won't boot now, not even the splash screen / Dell logo appears.  I have tried all resets of BIOS / CMOS and memory sticks, display adapters, etc.  The diagnostic lights are 'normal', however the network light stays rapidly flashing.  Has anybody ever encountered this problem ?  I am hoping (wishing) that the mobo didn't get fried.  Any help would be appreciated.... tia :)

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I have a Precision T3500 that just started not powering on. I went on vacation for about a week, powering down the system before leaving, where it was normally on 7/24 and working fine. Upon my return, when I tried to power the system back on, pushing the button had no effect. Upon opening the case, I noted that the amber led on the motherboard was lit and I saw the ethernet jack showing activity. Which is the most likely to be the culprit, the power supply or the motherboard?

Dave Frandin.

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I have seven T3500 workstations and need to replace the motherboard on one of them. After pouring through the forums I've found there were three revisions of the motherboards.
Below are the motherboard P/N and manufactured dates of the five T3500 workstations I've looked at so far.


I'd greatly appreciate it If someone could help me figure out which motherboard P/N is the latest revision.

Answer:Precision T3500 Motherboard Revisions

Looks like 9KPNV.  That said:
These older Precisions are prone to bad capacitors, and with the newest of these being six or more years old, if you can find a board where the seller can guarantee the capacitors have been replaced, even if it's an older revision - you're better off.
You're likely to find that just about any of these on which the electrolytic caps haven't been replaced is very likely to suffer capacitor failure in the near future.

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I would like to replace my PSU's wiring harness with one from a Alienware Area 51 ALX.  I was told they may match.  I need the 2nd 6-pin PCIe connector.  The workstation's PSU only has one.

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Hi, i have problem with my Precision T3500. The issue is this, when i trying boot that machine, i got error 3 & 4 and fans goes at full speed. Here is my video with my problem:

I think is the motherboard problem. If anyone has a solution or answer for this I would be very grateful.
(sorry for bad english :( )

Answer:Precision T3500 error 3 & 4 + loud fan

Hi lucky512,
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
Request you to please remove the memory modules from the system, try one memory module at a time in each slot and then test the system. It could be the memory module or the memory slot on the motherboard causing the problem. You can also try these memory modules on another system to test. Memory error has occurred please refer to this link
Please reply if you have any further questions.

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Hi. So I'm working on a friends Precision T3500 and when its plugged in the green 1,2,3 and 4 lights stay solid green on the front panel. When I push the test button on the back of the power supply the fans come on but as soon as I let go of the button they shut off. There are also know beeps during any of this. I have tried another new power supply and get the same results. I think everything is fried as their house got hit with a lightning surge and some other electronics died as well. Any thought? Thanks.

Answer:Precision T3500 Wont power on

"When I push the test button on the back of the power supply the fans come on but as soon as I let go of the button they shut off." thats how the BIST button works.
Sounds like Fried ram, cpu, motherboard.

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I have a quick question about the heatsink installed in my Precision T3500. There seems to be 2 different heatsink's that may be installed depending on the CPU's TDP.
There is this one
And there is the performance heatsink that seems to be for CPU's with a higher TPD

Now in my T3500 I have the smaller heatsink with no heatpipe's but since the CPU installed in it is the Intel Xeon W3550 (130W TDP) should it not have the bigger heatsink with the heatpipe's?
I am very interested in knowing the answer to this as while I am writing this post my CPU is basically idling but it is almost reaching 50 Celsius.

Answer:Precision T3500 heatsink question

Anybody have any insights?

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We have 4 T3500's all with the W3503 Intel Xeon 2.4GHz Dual Core Processor. They all have the copper heatsinks. After a lot of research I found that they can be upgraded to any of the W35XX processors (just a question of what we want to pay). When I checked out the W3520, I found out that it was identical to the i7 920 processor.
Has anyone upgraded a T3500 with an i7 processor?

Answer:Precision T3500 Processor Upgrade

DELL DPN: XPDFK Precision Workstation T3500 Motherboard
Supported Processors:
Intel Xeon 6-Core (X5670, X5650),
Intel Xeon Quad Core (W3550, W3565, W3530, E5640, E5630, E5507),
Intel Xeon Dual Core (W3505, W3503),
Intel Xeon (W3680)

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I have an old T3500 with a Xeon W3670 that I would like to move into a modern retail case.  But as we are aware, Dell uses proprietary front panel wiring harnesses.  Is there any practical way to put the Precision motherboard in a retail case and still be able to connect the various front panel wiring to the headers on the Dell board?  Adapters? 
I'm willing to leave the IO Shield out of the new case since there is no way to move the old one to the new case.  Thanks.

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I'm hoping someone can help me here.

I have, what I thought was, a reliable Dell Precision M4300 laptop. But I'm starting to get BSOD's with Event ID 1003 (Windows stop).

Here's the content of the event log. Also attached are the minidump's for the 3 times the BSOD happened.

Can anyone tell me what driver is causing it? Or tell me how to find out?

Thank you!

Event Type: Error
Event Source: System Error
Event Category: (102)
Event ID: 1003
Date: 1/15/2010
Time: 11:20:39 AM
User: N/A
Error code 1000000a, parameter1 00000689, parameter2 0000001c, parameter3 00000001, parameter4 804f14e2.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 53 79 73 74 65 6d 20 45 System E
0008: 72 72 6f 72 20 20 45 72 rror Er
0010: 72 6f 72 20 63 6f 64 65 ror code
0018: 20 31 30 30 30 30 30 30 1000000
0020: 61 20 20 50 61 72 61 6d a Param
0028: 65 74 65 72 73 20 30 30 eters 00
0030: 30 30 30 36 38 39 2c 20 000689,
0038: 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 63 0000001c
0040: 2c 20 30 30 30 30 30 30 , 000000
0048: 30 31 2c 20 38 30 34 66 01, 804f
0050: 31 34 65 32 14e2

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Which of these CPUs would be best for gaming?  Or is there any real difference?
Xeon W3670 (3.2GHz 6C/12T)
Xeon X5687 (3.6GHz 4C/8T)

One has more cores, the other has faster clock speed.  I have 24GB 1066MHz ECC RAM now, but would be willing to change to 1333MHz if I got the quad core.

Answer:Best Gaming CPU for Precision T3500 Workstation with GTX 1060

24 Gigs is max specified ram. XEON's are not noted for gaming.

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Does anyone know if the Precision T3500 supports Port Multiplier? I know my Optiplex 960's do. I have googled and looked through the two PDF's I found on the website but could find no mention. Maybe I missed something. If all else fails will try with hooking up the external drive enclosure and see if it works.
Thanks for your time in advance.

Answer:Precision T3500, support Port Multiplier?

Neither the training page nor the parts page for the 2009 Precision T3500 list a Port Multiplier. This tells me that Dell never actually tested one in this model. Hopefully another owner can post their findings.

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I have a Dell Precision T3500 with a Quad Core Xeon that is shutting down due to the CPU / CHIPSET  Temperature Out of Range.  The fans seem to be working and the air ducts are clean, does anyone have any insight on what would cause this?                                                 


Answer:Precision T3500 CPU / CHIPSET Temperature out of Range

Hi w270,
I suggest you to update the BIOS to the latest version and check. To update the BIOS follow the below mentioned steps: 
1. Visit the following website:
2. Enter the Service tag of the computer in the box provided and click “Submit”.
3. In the next page, click drop down arrow to select the Operating System which is installed in the computer.
4. Under category BIOS, click “Get driver” and save the file on desktop.
5. Run the file and restart the system.
Check the functionality of the system and post the results.

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I'm doing up an old T3500 and want to make use of liquid cooling, obviously I will need to buy a new case and transfer the mainboard into it, however the motherboard does not seem to be normal ATX size and am wondering what the actual size/design of the motherboard is (taking into account screw hole positions?) so I can buy the right case that supports this motherboard?

Answer:Installing Precision T3500 motherboard into a new chassis?

There was discussion on this quite a while back.  The power on Button being the one "Important" thing.  However I think the thermal sensor for the board is also on the front panel so I further doubt that this is a "solution"
It cant be 17 and 20 perhaps 19 and 23 or is it 4 pin 17 and 23?
Disclaimer It may or may not work. I'm not willing to ruin a board to find out.


.As with most Dells there is a proprietary Front Panel Board and 20 pin or more ribbon cable.

Dell Precision WorkStation T3500 I/O Panel Assembly with USB Audio I/O Control Panel, 29" Internal Audio Cable D/PN X389H, Front Panel Cable D/PN JN454, and Mounting Bracket, Dell M884G, MC532.

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This ~2010 W/S (Quad Core) was recently updated to Win 10. Everything was working good and then I installed a 3.5" floppy (this unit has a IDE floppy connector) and configured the floppy in Set Up. Upon reboot I get this: "Alert! Memory failure detected in DIMM 2. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to - - - -." I don't think there's a memory problem. Diagnostics shows everything 100% OK. Once I got the floppy to work, but none of my USB ports worked. So then I took out the floppy (USB ports OK,) and now I can't get the "Alert!" boot error message to go away. I'm resigned to forget the floppy (unless someone has the exact answer to get it to work) but need to clear up whatever is causing that error message to keep showing. Thanks for any help.

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About 2 days ago, my computer started randomly turning off and on. I would enter my password and it would load windows and run fine. As of yesterday it shut itself down and after I entered my password, it would give me that message. I would choose "Run Windows normally" and it would go to the screen with the Windows logo with the loading bar underneath of it. The loading bar doesn't have the scrolling green light though, and it just sits there. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:"Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event!"

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I have a T3500 - 09KPNV motherboard, 12 GB DDR3 RAM and Intel Xeon 2.67 - 6 cores 2 threads.
The video i had was FX 1800 and i bouth a GTX 660 - DC20CPH and from what i think i should work on this motherboard, am i wrong? It detects de video but don't run it correctly...could you please advice or provide a list of compatibiliyu of video for it?Thank you!

Answer:Precision Workstation T3500, compatible video cards?

Dell did not test any of the Consumer GeForce or AMD video cards on the Precision Workstation T3500. We tested the following Workstation video cards =
CJ9FJ AMD FirePro V79005DRVJ AMD FirePro V59000X31G AMD FirePro V48007CJHP AMD FirePro MV2260
YMYKM Nvidia Quadro 5000731Y3, 38XNM, 6WTYT Nvidia Quadro 4000X9YDW Nvidia Quadro FX38008MDMW Nvidia Quadro 20005YGHK Nvidia Quadro 600K722J Nvidia Quadro NVS420X175K Nvidia Quadro NVS295

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Is it possible to swap out the 525W PSU in my Precision T3500 Workstation with an 875W PSU from a Precision T5xxx Workstation?  If so, will I have to swap out the wiring harness as well? 

If the harness has to be swapped out, do all the motherboard connectors match up with my T3500?  Thank you.

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I bought this Dell Precision Workstation 220 almost 4 years ago. I recently had to set the system up from scratch, more or less, after my hard drive went flaky. I'm back in business on a new hard drive with almost all the files from the old one but there are still a few kinks to iron out.

Before the crash, when I'd click Start | Shut Down (and set the radio buttons for a complete shutdown), better than 9 times out of 10 the system would indeed power down successfully. The Windows flag logo would come up with "Windows is shutting down" under it, then after 5, maybe 10 seconds the screen would go black and the fan would stop. Every so often, seemingly at random, the flag logo would stay onscreen until I gave up and leaned on the power button for a count of 5 (or pushed reset, then power).

After the crash I dug up four sets of drivers that someone had previously stashed on the old hard drive and installed three of them:
Intel® INF Installation Utility
The Intel® INF Installation Utility installs to the target system the Windows* INF files that outline to the operating system how the chipset components shall be configured. This is needed for proper functionality of the following features:

- Core PCI and ISAPNP Services
- AGP Support
- IDE/ATA33/ATA66 Storage Support
- USB Support
- Identification of Intel Chipset Components in
Device ManagerClick to expand...
Dell System Utilities
AutoShutdown, available for ...Windows 98 Second Editio... Read more

Answer:Solved: Lost auto-shutdown (Dell Precision 220)

My old computer (which I still use as a "lifeboat" when this one is down) doesn't seem to have automatic power-off but Windows somehow knows it doesn't. At the end of shutdown, it displays a message (orange on a black screen) that it is now safe to turn off the computer.

That's Windows 98, though, and this is 98SE. Don't know what difference that makes.

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I have installed a new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card in my Precision T3500 into the first PCIe x16 slot and was not able to install the drivers: the screen would go blank and the computer would just freeze in the middle of installation.
That same graphics card works just fine in the second PCIe x16 slot with all the latest drivers installed and even with some overclocking of GPU memory.
When I moved the graphics card to the first PCIe x16 slot after the successfull installation of the driver, the computer would not boot and would just start beeping. When I moved the graphics card back to the second PCIe x16 slot it worked just fine.
Why would the graphics card work fine on the second PCIe x16 slot, but not on the first PCIe x16 slot?What is the difference between these two PCIe x16 slots in Precision T3500?

P.S. To illustrate this: when I say first PCIe x16 slot I mean the blue one, and the second PCIe x16 slot is the black one.

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I have looked at the 2 pdfs on the web site for the t3500 and could not find anything on changing the 3.5 external bays from vertical to horizontal .  Is this the way they were made and not changeable ? 

Answer:change Precision T3500 Vertical DVD Drive to horizontal position

Hi jfmy787,
I'm afraid it's not possible, The DVD drive is fitted in a cage which slides into the chassis housing and can't be rotated.

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I have a T3500 with Xeon Hexacore W3670, 24GB ram, and I have a Zotac GTX 970 4GB GPU. I looked at the requirement specs and notice I should meet all requirements except the CPU is questionable. i5-4590 is obviously much newer 3.3ghz quad-core vs 3.2ghz hexacore, but I'm wondering if anyone can tell if the CPU should be okay or not. Thank you. 
For the full Rift experience, we recommend the following system:

Video Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory 8GB+ RAM

Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

Answer:Is my Precision T3500 w/ Xeon W3670 Oculus Rift VR ready?

You've got more cores (6 vs. 4) with your W3670 as well as HyperThreading (which i5-4590 doesn't have).  Memory speed of W3670 is slower, but that shouldn't matter.
Provided there isn't some required CPU instruction the W3670 is missing, key difference is single threaded performance.  Base clock on yours is 3.2 GHz vs. 3.3 GHz.  More important is max turbo:  3.46 GHz (1/1/1/1/2/2) vs. 3.7 GHz (2/3/4/4).  Numbers in parentheses are Turbo steppings from all cores active to a single core being active.
I would verify TurboBoost works with your T3500 (HWiNFO64 is only reliable way I've found to monitor this).  (I have a Dell LGA 1366 socket machine from the same era, and Turbo doesn't work for 6 core CPUs.)
You're probably ok with extra cores and HT making up for slower single threaded performance. 
Worse comes to worse you could upgrade to a W3690 (3.46 GHz base, 3.73 GHz max turbo).  About $200 on ebay.  Or, you can probably "overclock" Turbo (since the Xeon should be unlocked), although you might need a better cooler for that.

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I just replaced the stock CPU in my Precision T3500, going from an e5520 to an x5660.  Both CPUs will heat up beyond their TCase values, 72C and 81.3C respectively, when using the stock passive Dell copper heatsync.  Is there an active heatsync available for this system?  The OEM heatsinc setup uses female bolt downs instead of the standard male ones.
Also, I'm noticing a 5C difference between my coolest temp core and the next coolest temp core and an 8C spread between my coolest core and my hottest core.  Is this normal?
Thanks in advance,

Answer:Precision T3500, two Arctic F8 80mm case fans lowered temps from 81C to 70C

Hello Chris,
I received two Arctic F8 80mm case fans today along with a molex to 3-pin fan adapter.  The difference in thermal performance is profound.  I've attached four pictures, one of the fan box, one of the back of my case, one of the inside of my case, one of the molex adapter, and an updated thermal profile.
With the latest test, after installing the fans, the system seemed to stabilize round 70C.  Although, I only let the test and monitor run for about 15 minutes.
I hope this cooling method helps others.

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Would like to move my Precision T3500 Motherboard to Another box.
The Front Panel connector might be useful, but I have not found
any documentation of this.

Is there a Motherboard manual somewhere, or at least the pin definition of the Front Panel connector?

Answer:Precision T3500 Motherboard documentation (Front Panel connector spec)

.As with most Dells there is a proprietary Front Panel Board and 20 pin or more ribbon cable.

Dell Precision WorkStation T3500 I/O Panel Assembly with USB Audio I/O Control Panel, 29" Internal Audio Cable D/PN X389H, Front Panel Cable D/PN JN454, and Mounting Bracket, Dell M884G, MC532.


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I have a Dell Optiplex GS270 that is giving me a "shutdown due to a thermal event" error and then will not boot before shutting down. The first thing I tried was a thorough cleaning with canned air and a damp sponge (where applicable).
No luck... just a repeat of above.
Next I checked the posts here and tried
"Start the system.
Press 'F2' to enter System Setup.
Under the Maintenance heading, highlight 'System Event Log' and press the 'Enter' key.
Highlight 'Clear System Event Log' and press the 'Enter' key.
Press the 'Esc' key twice to restart."
Again... a repeat of problem.
Is my next recourse to replace the heatsink/fan or.....
Hate to buy parts I may not need.
Thanks for any help offered!

Answer:Dell PC with "Thermal Event" problems... PLEASE help!

By all means remove the heatsink and fan, clean them and re-attach with a little fresh thermal compound. Thernal paste can dry out and crack. It is then worse than none at all.

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I tried to install the newly released Dell Precision Optimizer v3.5.5 (A00) August 18, 2016 on my Precision 5510, running Windows 7 64bit.
During the installation, an error panel pops up with this text:

> SetupNew\setup.cpp (140)PAPP:PVENDOR:PGUID:[email protected] Vista Service Pack 1 (7601)IE Version: 9.11.9600.18426
The installation then fails and the installer log shows the following:
[08/25/16 13:16:06]    Open file: C:\ProgramData\Dell\UpdatePackage\Log\Application_KKJH9_WN32_3.5.5_A00_2016-08-25.txt[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Command: attended[08/25/16 13:19:12]    DUP Capabilities Value: 2097151 (0x1FFFFF)[08/25/16 13:19:12]    DUP Vendor Software Version: 3.5.5[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System/Model Compatible with this Package? Yes[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System OS Version:[08/25/16 13:19:12]    OS Compatible with this Package? Yes[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System OS Language: DE[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Language Compatible with this Package? Unknown[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Parameter: logfile[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Parameter: logfile changed to: C:\ProgramData\Dell\UpdatePackage\Log\Application_KKJH9_WN32_3.5.5_A00_2016-08-25.txt[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Extraction-miniunz path: C:\PROGRA~3\dell\drivers\APPLIC~1.5_A\miniunz.exe[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Extra... Read more

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I gone to service center to replace thermal paste and thermal strip but after that my laptop still have high temperature (over 70 ° C) on GPU and chipset under no load. What can I do with this?

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I have Precision T3500 that came with NVidia Quadro FX580 display adapter.
I had issues installing the latest NVidia driver for this card on Windows 7 (the screen would just go blank) but it was working fine with the three years old driver recommended by Dell, and now I am trying to upgrade to Windows 10 and it would automatically install the latest Windows 10 driver for this card that would freeze the system after reboot...
On Dell's support web site it says that Windows 10 is not supported on my system.
Any suggestions how to make Windows 10 work on Precision T3500 with NVidia Quadro FX580?

Answer:Precision T3500 with NVidia Quadro FX580 issues on Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade

The FX580 is a DX9  WDDM 1.0 card.
I have 2006 and 2005 E510's that have been upgraded with Pentium D 915 and 4 gigs of ram and they work Fine with windows 10 once you get at least a Geforce 610  or Radeon HD 5450 or better DX11 wddm 1.3 card.  
The FX580 is an ancient vacccum tube card that is not suitable for AERO or Windows 7,8,10
It works with the original WDDM 1.0 Vista Drivers but it will not have WDDM 1.1 or 1.3 drivers.

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I bought  sumsung V-nand SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVM Express to upgrade my precision 5510. right now I have HDD hard drive and no SSD at all.
I realized I need a thermal pad for this card and I bought a simple one from eBay 1.5mm thick.
Is it Ok for this installation? I did not find any information about it online besides the item code of the original dell one and it had no details about it ()
Thanks a lot

Answer:thermal pad for ssd m.2 in precision 5510

AFAIK standard SSDs don't need a thermal pad, but Samsung PRO series do, downthrottle speed otherwise under load. You don't need something with world-class thermal conductivity, the one you bought will probably do. Someone recommended 2mm but soft fluffy type (the expensive branded ones with high thermal conductivity tend to be dense, clay-like). You can monitor the SSD drive temperature using HWinfo64.

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Answer:Precision T5810, T7810, T7910, T1500, T1650, T3500, T3600, T3610, T5610, T7610, T5500, T5600, T7500, T7600 Memory Configuration

Hi Lee,
wish I'd looked up memory configs before wasting loads of money! Just to double check i understand the tables correctly, my dual cpu T7600 has 8x4gig sims. I bought 4x16 to replace or better add to it, but i'm right in thinking that's completely wrong and I in fact need to buy another 12x16 as i HAVE to have all 16 slots filled with 16 gig sticks? is that correct? (slaps forhead)

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I've got a Dell Precision 7710 with the Dell Precision Optimizer. It works great for when I'm using AutoCAD Civil 3D in setting up the laptop for optimization by turning off 2 cores and increasing the clock speed of the processor. 
Unfortunately I also do programming with Virtual Machines. When I'm in this mode I want all 4 cores to share the load instead of 2 cores. 
Is there a workflow available to go from one profile to no profile? Do I have to do a restart to switch between profiles? So if I'm doing CAD work and then switch over to programming do I have to turn off the AutoCAD profile to no profile and the restart the computer? I tried turning off the profiles and nothing changes for the cores. 
Is there a way to create my own profile? Or should I pick one like 3ds Max that would utilize more cores?  Or should I not use it since it won't meet my needs? 

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My Product Name is HP Pavilion g6 2301 ax Notebook PC Operating System : Windows 8 64-bitProcessor : AMD A8-4500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.90 GHz Promblem is since from 2 months my pc is making Shutdown Automatically and the immediatelywhen i am starting the PC getting the message as "THERMAL SHUTDOWN OCCURRED" and The system bios has detected that your Notebook PC was put into shutdown and restarting normally. so i willing to have a better solution for solving this Problem by further problems.and i should also want to know why it is occurring/happening like this. this may cause harmful to PC?what to do by escaping or to solve this problem. waiting for your Communication

Answer:Sudden Shutdown Occurs and display THERMAL SHUTDOWN OCCURRED...

Hi FARHEEN. You are definitely experiencing overheating. This can be caused by a non-functioning system fan, or if the air ducts are blocked. Overheating can reduce the life of your computer, so you will want to resolve this as soon as you can. Here are a few troubleshooting documents you can use to help you.

Troubleshooting an Overheating and Auto Shutdown Issue

Reducing Heat Inside the PC to Prevent Overheating:


If they do not resolve the issue, you will want to contact Phone support.

HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region.

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There is an antenna on the back of my Dell T3500 CPU that has broken.  Is it necessary and/or helpful and, if so, where do I get a replacement since Googling it was unsuccessful?

Answer:Antenna on Dell T3500 CPU

Probably for the network card. If everything works, don't bother replacing it. Or just get another network card.

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would i be able to fit the DELL T3500 in new case, as i ordered a motherboard and plan to build a gaming computer, if so give me names of cases please

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I have dodgy T3500 PSU that I want to replace with a new and maybe larger PSU
Can I just compare the spec and get a new generic PSU or are there some proprietary wiring & power configurations that I need to account for before just swapping one out?
Thanks in Advance

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So after responding to a user's post and having trouble scouring the internet for advice/answers. I wanted to make a FAQ for users looking at Dell T3500 models. Moderators, if this is in the wrong section feel free to move it. I think pinning it for members would be a good idea but others may think otherwise. Enjoy:)
Originally this was written on another forum but I decided to transfer it here as this is the home of Dells.
First and foremost...
Is the T3500 worth it?
It really depends on what you plan to use it for. My T3500 is a gaming rig, and runs games like Space Engineers, GTA V,Rust, CS:GO(and more) with very good frames. This also depends on the GPU you pick, but CPU wise, the cheap X5650 will get you around most games. I also use the T3500 for video editing, and rendering does need a pretty decent CPU. I wanna say the X5650 holds up well. No custom system will come close to the price of it. I payed about $30 for my x5650, and $120 for the system its self. pair that with a GTX 1050Ti(it does have a 6 pin GPU cable:thumb:) and you'll be on your way. You could probably get a T3500 with 6Gbs of ram for around $80, just scout around eBay till you find something good.
I haven't heard of a LGA 1366 CPU that hasn't worked in the T3500, I am pretty sure most if not all work. I am happily running the famous Xeon X5650 2.66ghz in my build. My next upgrade would be a X5690 which should work.
Be sure to do the following if you have issues:

Most LGA 1366 CPUs... Read more

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Can not find how to reformat the drive from the factory restore partition on a Dell T3500 workstation.OS : Window 7 UltimateBIOS : A07

Answer:Reformatting Dell T3500 Window 7

If you don't have the owners manual then go to the dell site and download a copy. Read it for the way or ways dell provides to perform that task."The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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A while back I was given a used Dell T3500 and it's been serving me well, and now recently ... someone also gave me a used GTX 580  (I have generous friends)... I immediately looked into the power requirements and found that the stock PSU was not going to cut it, so I went out and grabbed an "EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B 80 Plus". 
Upon assembly i immediately found that even though the CPU cable starts as an 8 pin, it terminates in 2 x 4 pin ATX plugs while the mother board's CPU socket is 8 pin "EPS". I didn't do enough homework.
: S
There are adapters available from 4 pin ATX to 8 pin EPS, but is there a way I can be sure I don't destroy my motherboard or PSU by using one? 

Thanks for any insight you can offer!

Answer:New PSU for Dell T3500 ... 4 pin cpu cable, 8 pin socket

I actually went and looked at the stock PSU and read the specs and it started to make more sense. I was focused on the power of the 12v rails and didn't pay any attention to the 5 and 3.3 ones.  Didn't realize I was in a "reality distortion" field. 
It's frustrating because things used to be way easier when matching these things up, and I don't have the cash to buy another new one right now... so this machine will stand inert until after I return this PSU and get enough for an appropriate one. I don't want to trash all the components just to make it run underpowered for a month or so.
Anyway thanks and no thanks. I actually read some of your other posts and thought "hey maybe if I post here maybe this guy will help me out". You have done so, but you have also reminded of the no one gives a [Admin NOTE: Profanity removed as per TOU] how they make people feel on the web.
I won't be posting here again.

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Hello everyone! I have some questions, I hope someone can help me. I found a Dell T3500 at a good price, it has the Xeon W3580, 12GB of RAM and 1TB HDD, that seems pretty good to add to my GTX 950 and play some games I cant right now due to my good old Core 2 Quad I have right, it cant keep up with some more demanding games. I already checked some videos on Youtube and it does handle the latest game with easy with a GPU.The problem I saw is that I see this Dell only has Sata 2.0. Is that correct? Does it means the HDD is slower? How much? My current computer has Sata 3.0, it also uses a Micron C400 SSD, which makes it lighting fast. Could I use my SSD on the Dell? Or will there be any issues? I really want to use my SSD for some games and the O.S, the HDD will be for much bigger games and the rest of programs and data.Hope somebody can share me some light on this issue.Thanks everyone!

Answer:Dell T3500: Gaming and SSD question.

Buy something else -- a desktop system of more recent vintage with a more current chipset/mainboard/CPU.
These Precisions are loaded with proprietary components and the Xeon CPUs are now obsolete - you should easily be able to find an Ivy Bridge or newer i7 system for equivalent money.

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I have a T3500 and I want to put an install of Windows 7 on it. Unfortunately, it has XP even though there is a Windows 7 COA on top of the box. I figure it should be easy, right?
I booted off the CD and hit "Install", when after a few moments I got "“A required CD\DVD drive device driver is missing” error when installing Microsoft Windows 7". Where do I get these device drivers?
I have tried many things: I went to the drivers section at, extracted the .inf files, put them in a folder on a USB drive, and told Windows to browse there. It found a driver but it hung forever. I went to Intel's site and grabbed some drivers; since the PC has a Bloomfield processor I grabbed at . No joy- it tells me that it can't find a compatible drivers (maybe because it provides functionality for Intel Series 9, 8, and 7 Chipsets...? And the T3500 has an ICH10 family... which would be series 10 Chipset...? )
I have gone to the BIOS and changed the RAID controller to be AHCI/auto-raid, and tried to install but that didn't help either.
What magical incantation am I missing? Thanks.

Answer:Install Windows 7 on Dell T3500

INTEL RST is VERY OLD on the T3500  You cant use 11.7 let alone  Newer and newer versions DROP support for ICH7 ICH8 ICH9 ICH10  this is NOT 10 series.
Intel Intel Rapid Storage Technology, v.
may be the oldest version you can use.
Larger than 2TB Drives requires a host bus adapter and or INTEL RST or higher.
The problem is that newer and newer versions of RST DO NOT SUPPORT OLDER AND OLDER versions of INTEL ICH aka ICH 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.  The higher you go the lower versions drop support.
Version 9.6 may be max for your motherboard.
I am sure that by the time you get to INTEL RST version 11.7 that your ICH aka Sata controller is NOT supported.
Trying to install when the system is in ATA mode instead of AHCI OR if the version of ICH is not supported will error with not supported hardware.
The INTEL RST 9.6  F6 Drivers can be put on a USB Flash drive and when AHCI is enabled for Sata operation it will load the drivers and see the disk.  If you do not load RST 9.6 or higher it will not "see the drive" and will not install.  Advanced format 4k drives started arriving in 2011.  At this point ALL NEW Drives are advanced format.  If you have an ancient 120 gig , 80 gig drive it won't need the drivers.   Most 160 Gig, 320 gig , 500 gig etc are 4k Advanced format Drives.  You have to extract the contents of the .zip file to a floppy or USB flash drive.  You cannot Point to a .zip file.... Read more

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Is the air cooling solution on the Dell Precision Tower 3620 with the i7-7700K is robust enough to run near full load for days at a time without throttling issues? I have not been able to find any information regarding the machine temperatures under load with this processor.
Context below: 
My workplace is looking to buy a set of workstations for running sets of the single-threaded models that are a part of our workflow more quickly. The Dell Precision Tower 3620 seems reasonably priced and comes with an i7-7700K which is currently the quickest single-threaded processor out there so it looks attractive.
A consideration / worry that we have, however, is that the i7-7700K tends to run very hot and these workstations will be running at ~80% to 100% load for days at a time, as we will be running 4 simulations on each machine at the same time (one for each core). Some have recommended that for this workload we go with custom machines with liquid AIO coolers, but that would be significantly more expensive, so if the Dell workstation can handle this workload that would be ideal. 

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I have an older T3500 that I've upgraded over time and currently have the following:
Intel Xeon W3670 @ 3.2GHz12GB RAMWindows 10 Pro x64Drives:Samsung SSD 850 Pro (main boot drive)1x Samsung 2TB HD204UI drive2x Toshiba 4TB MD04ACA400 drives1x DVD+/- RWNvidia Quadro 4000 video cardSoundBlaster Audigy Fx soundcard
Also I am running 2 monitors
I'm having what seems to be the common overheating problem with the Quaddro 4000 where the fan runs at max speed ALL the time and randomly shuts down video signal several times a day. Given how old it is it doesn't really seem worthwhile for me to try and fix the video card by removing the GPU and putting new thermal compound on it. I don't do any 3D modeling, mostly some light-medium gaming and design work (Adobe CC). Also watch some HD video on occasion.
I've found a newer video card on sale at a decent price and want to know if this would be a good upgrade to replace the Quaddro 4000 with.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti FTW DT GAMING Graphics Card
I'm mainly concerned about the PSU running it ok and it being a worthwhile upgrade. I'd rather stick with the nVidia line as well. I'm trying to keep the budget on the cheap side (under $150) since the system is so old. No need to drop a $500+ GPU in a sub $200 system that's near the end of its life, but I wouldn't mind getting a a few more years out of it on the cheap.
Much thanks for any advice and feedback!!!

Answer:Upgrading video card on a Dell T3500

Hoping to get some feedback on this today. Wanting to pull the trigger and buy this while it's still on sale if it's a good fit for my system and will work. Thanx!

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I have a problem with my Dell Precision T3500, the issue is that whenever I try to start the computer the power button it blinks amber 4 times and gives the number code 1 and 3 however it does turn on after a while. I assumed that it was something to do with the motherboard hwoever I am not sure since there isn't many problems like this on the internet where I could find a solution. I looked in the manual and the closest thing I could find was that it was a PSU or PSU cable problem. If anyone has a solution or answer for this I would be very grateful. The T3500 currently has a Nvidia GTX 260 installed with 4GB of ram. In addition if it is a PSU problem could you please list what PSU are compatible with the T3500 such as a T5500 PSU or a T7400. Thank you for your support.

Answer:Dell T3500 Blinking Amber 1-3 (4x) issue

I hope your machine is still under warranty :)  I've had this happen to 5 of my T3500s.  The fix is a new power supply.  Each time they've sent out the power supply, they've also sent out a new motherboard.  I think there's obviously a big problem with the power supplies in these T3500s, as each one from our initial purchase has had the same issue (we have a bunch of newer ones that haven't shown the problem, at least not yet).
Each time it happens I request that the tech person try to make this a known issue (and perhaps trigger some kind of extended warranty/recall), but so far no progress there....
Leaving it unplugged for a bit seems to fix it temporarily, but then we're scared to turn the machines back off.

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Ok so i have searched here and also on google to find out what to do. Everywhere people say download the vista 64bit or windows 7 64bit drivers and install. Then people say that worked..

for me I get an error that the software wont run on my machine.
is there a trick to getting windows 8 64bit soundmax drivers installed?

Answer:Dell T3500 and soundmax integrated audio

This is the Dell driver. Driver Details | Dell US

It is for win 7 64bit but it will work for win 8, as win 8 use the same driver.

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I have a Dell T3500 workstation with a Xeon W3670 processor and a Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics card.  When I go into the bios under video settings it has two options for primary video adapter but they don't have names, just Option 1 and Option 2.  I want to make sure that I am using my Quadro 4000 but don't know if I am.  Please help.  Thanks

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Hi Guys, 

DO You think would be possible add to my Dell T3500 second card but fo rgaming like some GTX
Can I run both cards ? and swith then by some software depending from need ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dell T3500 with 2 cards- Quadro 4000 and some GTX ? Possible?

I think wcould be nice machine budget. I got 24 Gb of RAm, Quadro 4000 , so I I will add some GTX , could be also nice budget gamer pc

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Question: Thermal Event

I have been battling a strange problem with my PC. It shut down one day and upon restart stated that it was caused by a thermal event. I pulled it apart and found the heatsink dusty but not horrible. I cleaned everything up and still had the same problem. Before changing the processor, an Intel SL6S5 3.06Ghz P4, I bought a new heatsink and a bigger fan and installed it. It worked for about a week and then quit again. I decided to change the processor, it worked a few days and then quit yet again. I then bought an identical motherboard with another processor and installed that. It worked for about 3 weeks and now it quit again, always giving me the thermal error! I am baffled! I apologize for the long intro but here is my real question. My PC is using SCSI Raid and I am not having much luck finding an upgrade motherboard that supports SCSI Raid. Can I pop a motherboard in there that has SATA Raid and make my hard drives work? I really need the stuff that is on those hard drives!! Sorry for the book I wrote, I hope someone can help!Frustrated

Answer:Thermal Event

are you applying thermal compound every time you replace/remove the CPU heatsink?

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I have a Gateway E-4100. Seems to shut down due to a thermal event. The fan does not work. Replaced the original with a refurb. Still does not work. Cleaned up the old paste and added some new. No luck. Aybody have any other ideas?

Answer:Thermal Event - no fan

Can you elaborate some on this? Does the new fan not work, or does the computer not boot with the new fan installed and spinning?

I am lazy tonight, is that a laptop or a desktop? Can you get into the BIOS?

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Question: Thermal event

My dell keeps on shutting off , It just goes off no warning , Then once i boot it back up , I get the computer has been recently shutdown due to a thermal event , Press f1 to continue f2 to enter setup.. I checked the fans thinking the CPU wasent getting any air , And they are all working fine... any help here i would love!

Answer:Thermal event

With no model # we are just guessing, but I would say that the fan has failed at some point and the CPU got overheated. You may either remove and reseat the CMOS battery or reset the NVRAM, but I would change that fan out pronto!

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Question: thermal event

i turned my dell computer on and it say thermal event so it goes to were i can only push f1 to start in safe mood, safe mood networking and also start up normally and i tried all of them but it shuts my computer back off, so i took the fan and heat sink off and replaced the cement glue under the heat sink and the computer does the same thing were i cant get on at all! what do u recommend next!

Answer:thermal event

hopefully that was heat sink paste and not glue.usually you don't get a thermal event just turning on the pc. Could be a bad sensor or some other related hardware failure.You may need to send the unit to dell to get repaired.

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Question: Thermal event

I have had for the first time today, my PC shutdown due to a thermal event. I eventually got it booted, hence I could post this thread! I have done a bit of looking around and all I see are things about overheating and fans not working. My landlord had arranged for new windows to be fitted today and -Murphy's law - it was -3 today! Could the thermal event due to the PC like me getting darn cold and just needing to warm up? Please say yes, I can't afford a new motherboard and all the paraphanalia that will go with it - like graphics cards etc. I have an old Pc - it's a Dell Dimension 4600 so I suppose it could be old age!:cry

Answer:Thermal event

Apparently your computer made the hall of shame for the 10 worst computers

the thermal event could be caused by, the power supply going, the CPU overheating because the thermal compound has dried up or one of the fans cut out.

Take the side off the computer so you can observe and hear. When the computer stops, it might give an indication a few seconds before - see if you notice any fans not spinning. If you can't catch what is happening, then it is a trial and error process to figure out what is causing the shut down.

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Question: Thermal event!

I have a Dell Windows XP which has crashed, when I switch it on it says previous shutdown due to thermal event! It then says strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set up utility but neither works when I press them.

Answer:Thermal event!

What's the model name and model number of that Dell?

What's the 7-character "service tag" number on the sticker?


My guess at this point is an overheating issue.

When this occurs, the computer shuts down to prevent further damage.


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Question: Thermal Event

I'm not sure I'm posting in the right place but I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 and last night it just randomly shut itself down, when i switched it back on it came straight up with this message:

Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event
Alert! Previous fan failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

It seems the longer I leave the machine off, the longer I can get on without it shutting down, so I left it a couple of hours which gave me enough time to get on and shut it down properly and then left it overnight, when i switched on this morning it had the same message without the first line, and hopefully I have neough time to post this before it goes off again.

I'm baffled, totally. What should I do?

Many thanks in advance for any help offered....

Answer:Thermal Event

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Hey guys,I have a Dell T3500 PC running windows 7 which used to work perfectly until a few days ago, I had to reset BIOS cause my PC wasn't booting up. That did fix it, however i lost audio in Windows. No matter what i do, windows cant recognize any headphones or speakers plugged in the front or the back 3.5mm jack. Same goes for microphones etc. Ive tried:Reinstalling WindowsInstalling the Dell OEM Analog Devices ADI 198x Integrated HD Audio (Never worked, "Your hardware is not supported error") Clean install of Windows 10Booting in Safe modeDell Audio Diagnostics (returned with an error)BIOS update to A17 from A10
The front and the back USB ports work just fine.Ive tried to look into BIOS to see if any onboard audio settings have been disabled, but i only found one checkbox "Audio" under miscellaneous devices. Which was already enabled.Specs:Intel Xeon W3550Amd R7 3608GB RAMNo sound card etc.
Really appreciate any help, thanks alot!

Answer:Windows cant recognize Speakers or Headphones on Dell T3500

Windows 10 will NOT recognize Older Drivers without installing Older patches.  This system can also come with a PCI-E Soundcard.   You cant use Analog Devices Soundmax with a creative labs sound card like that installed. You have to install Directx June 2010 patch as well as Add features back to windows specifically DOT NET 3.5 and Legacy Direct play.  After all this Junk you uninstall the audio driver and reboot.  Then REINSTALL Audio Driver as administrator.
You have to install Legacy Direct play and DX9 and DX10 drivers from the Directx June 2010 patch.
You download the file and extract to a folder then run DXSETUP.EXE as administrator.
Before previous drivers will work in windows7 or 8 or 10 you have to enable legacy features like DOTNET 2.0 3.5  and Directshow.  You must then install DIRECTX JUNE 2010 DRIVERS by downloading the file and extracting into a folder and running DXSETUP.exe.
Directx June 2010 which you download and extract to a FOLDER then run DXsetup.exe as administrator.
in control panel, all control panel items,  programs and features, Turn windows features on and off.  You have to be ONLINE when you do this because it will insist on downloading from the internet.
Enable dotnet 2.0 3.5
enable legacy direct play
Install Directx June 2010 Patch.
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My wifes computer is periodically shutting down due to a Windows XP thermal event. Besides checking the fan for failure, vent clogging, etc. is there something else I should investigate?

Answer:Windows XP thermal event

Open the case blow out all fans with a can of compressed air, especially the heat sync. Start the computer and make sure all fans are spinning. Look at the label for the Power Supply Unit (PSU) and report the Make, Model# and Wattage. Boot into Setup (Bios) to PC Health or some such. And report the Temperatures, and +12V line for the PSU You may need to re-apply thermal paste between the Heat Sync and the processor

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My computer has started running REALLY hot (thermal event shutdowns) when trying to watch Flash videos. It seems others have been experiencing issues with the latest Flash being a resource hog as well. I posted in the malware forums and I think we can rule that out. I tried I8kfan (temps get 80+ C with flash videos running and fan on max, my processor has a 100 C T-junction) and it has helped considerably, but I would rather get to the root of the problem. Other than the heat issue, my computer has acted normal. The fan seems OK, so I'm afraid it could be a capacitor or a thermal paste issue. I can't get into that with my laptop, I afraid. Not sure what's going on, but I would definitely appreciate some help.

Answer:Thermal event shutdowns...


Are these Flash videos ones that are downloaded onto your PC or are they being viewed in a browser window?

Could you also give us some info on your Windows version and Service Pack as well as are all your drivers and Flash, Java Runtime etc versions upto date?

I would if you are using IE, try Firefox and load the Firefox version of Flash HERE and try the videos again.

As another thought, when playing the videos, disable your antivirus software first and see if that helps, you can also use Process Monitor to see whats using CPU % up when the videos are playing as this may help narrow down the offending app.

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ello, 2 days ago i was on and then suddenly my computer shutdown on its own. when i tried to boot it back up it said "shut down due to thermal event." i tried waiting for a couple of hours to see if it would work. but it keeps shutting down in a couple of minutes. my computer is about 3.5 years old running on a Dell using windows xp home edition. Does anyone know whats happening? thanks.

Answer:"shut Down Due To Thermal Event."

Well..."thermal" implies overheating, I believe.First thing I would do...check the temperature in the BIOS after one of these shutdowns.Second the case, clean away all dust/debris...ensure that all fans are turning properly when the system is on.If it still overheats, I would consider replacing fans/heatsink on the CPU and adding fans for additional ventilation.

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Hi all,

I've just built an AcerPower F6 desktop to Win 7 Pro 32 every shutdown it shows BSOD and promptly restarts.

Event log is showing me the following for a critical event at the same time the shutdown occurs (The date on the log is from a week ago but this happens every shutdown which is once every weekday):

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Processor-Power
Date: 14/03/2014 13:19:19
Event ID: 6
Task Category: (6)
Level: Error
Some processor performance power management features have been disabled due to a known firmware problem. Check with the computer manufacturer for updated firmware.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Processor-Power" Guid="{0F67E49F-FE51-4E9F-B490-6F2948CC6027}" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2014-03-14T13:19:19.519629700Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="52" />
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Answer:BSOD on Shutdown Event Log = Kernel-Processor-Power. Event ID: 6

Your NI Measurement Studio driver appears to be causing problems.

Probably caused by : NIPALK.sys
It's outdated by 11 years, if you wish to keep the program I suggest you update the driver.

88a32000 88aab000 NIPALK T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: NIPALK.sys
Image path: \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NIPALK.sys
Image name: NIPALK.sys
Timestamp: Mon May 12 22:21:05 2003 (3EC01041)
CheckSum: 0007ACFC
ImageSize: 00079000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Please remove it or update it from the following link.

NI Measurement Studio - National Instruments

EDIT, there is a fix you can download which prevents file corruption, if you can't find an updated driver then download this.

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To All,
I have a Dell Procession T3500 PC with Windows 7 64x Ultimate and two Dell 19" Flat-screens and I am have an issue with setting up the second monitor.
I go into Windows Orb +P/Extend/Right-Click Desktop/Screen resolution/Multiple Displays/Select Extend These Displays and I get this error message below.
I have got ATI Fire V3750 PCIe Card with DVI Port and Male DVI/VGA Splitter to hook up my monitors. I would be very greatful for any further assistance in resolving this.

Robert Brindle. MCSE, MCSA & MCP/Cisco CCNP & CCNA.

Answer:Setting Up Dual Screens on Dell T3500/Windows 7 64x Ultimate

My experience, and unless I am grossly mistaken, you must have two (2) sources for your video each going to two (2) distinct monitors.  One video output split to two monitors does not qualify as a dual display.  The system must be able to recognize
the fact that two displays are connected to the system.  Your setup does not allow that.
See How to Set Up Dual Monitors for detailed instructions.
Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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This is for a windows Vista machine. I am not sure if this is hardware or a software related issue. So any help would be great!!!!

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.12.0002.633 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*
Executable search path is:
Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista Kernel Version 6002 (Service Pack 2) MP (8 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 6002.18005.amd64fre.lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`01c0d000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`01dd1dd0
Debug session time: Fri Mar 4 10:11:59.148 2011 (UTC - 5:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 3:31:13.929
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

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I have a Dell Precision T3500, BIOS version A17 (which is the latest). It's running Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64-bit with all updates.

I find that if I boot the system with a USB drive connected, Windows freezes during the splash screen. The only way to boot the system is with the drive disconnected. I can safely connect the drive once the Login screen is on.
The system is a file server, so it's on 24/7. The issue is a nuisance when Windows reboots after an update or due to a power glitch, because it can't complete the reboot unattended.

The drive is Toshiba Canvio 3TB hard drive with USB 3.0 interface. I had used a USB 3.0 PCI-e card and also connected to the built-in USB 2.0 ports with the same results.

This same drive had been connected to a another machine with the same Windows version and booted fine. The trouble started when I put the Dell into service.
The external drive is configured with one Primary partition, not marked active.

Any ideas? I had Googled this a while ago and vaguely recall that this was seen by others as well.


Answer:Dell T3500, freezes on Widnows boot with USB drive connected

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
with all drives connected.

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My Intel based system automatically shuts down because of overheating. The thing is I don't know what else to do, so I need some help. Here is my system:
Mobo = Intel D915PCM
Processor = Intel 550 3.40 GHz HT 800 MHz FSB L1 1024K LGA775
RAM = Kingston 1GB DDR2 HyberX Ram
Video = Nvida 6600
Sound = Creative Live 24
Hard Drive = 160GB SATA Western Digital
Case = Antec 640B TAC
Fans= 3 fans full speed, 1 in front, 1 in bact, 1 directed toward processor mounted to the TAC. I choose Antec fans with the highest air flow specs, and it's not working.

Upon boot up without doing anything temp is around 170-180F. After a few minutes it gets to 195F and shuts down. Even if I don't open any software it heats up and shuts down.

When I try to reboot I hear beep-beep, beep-beep, and the system shuts off again.

The only thing I can think of doing is to add another fan as my case has four. The open one is located under the TAC.

I'm past frustrated and don't know what else to do except convert to AMD!

Answer:Thermal Event System Shuts Down

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Hi everybody!

I have an Emachines t3958. It has an Intel Celeron D 340. When I turn on the system, it says that the computer was previously shut down due to a thermal event. I have changed the CPU fan with a new one( even when te old one was working well) and cleaned up all of the connectors from the Power Supply, CPU fan and motherboard and every time I turn on the comp again it displays the same message and shuts down on its own. I have checked the PS fan and it is working perfectly as well. It also has an extra fan, so I am SURE it does not have anything to do with overheating.
I can not get into the BIOS either because it shuts down before it even gets there.
Any idea what coul be the problem?

Thanks for any help yo can give me!

Answer:emachines t3958 Thermal Event

Try clearing the cmos.

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Hey Guys,

I've read up some about it but the basic, "is it the monitor, keyboard, mouse?" answer aren't doing the trick. We've swapped out cables, monitors, changed power settings, nothing has worked. I'm on the brink of changing out the video card, and we'll see if that helps, but I believe one of my co workers tried this before and it still kept happening. Memory isn't an issue, these are all freshly imaged machines, they use the same image as all the other ones, and it's only about 20-30 out of maybe 100+ machines we have on hand. We are slowly upgrading to 3600/3610's, which we haven't seen this problem with, but I'm VERY interested in why this is happening. It's very random, so it's hard to get a dell tech support person on the phone when it happens, but even bringing up the issue, no one has an answer and you can tell they are just reading off of a script.

If you've had any issue similar, know of a fix, have something I can try, let me know, thanks guys.

Answer:Dell T3500 - Power Save Mode Issue Company Wide

What is the 'power save issue' in question?

Can applicable power saving mode(s) simply be disabled? (Certainly preferable to a system malfunctioning every time it is awakened from some sort of suspend/power saving mode)

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I have search for many hours for answers to questions on new Graphics Cards which require 8pin and 6 pin or 8pin and 8pin power connections aside from the motherboard supplied power and what the appropriate method was to connect the GPU cards to the 8 pin pcie power connections. This is complicated by the fact that the Precisions seem to only have 6pin cables installed with the towers regardless of the power supply that is installed.   Yes. Everyone understands hopefully that if you have, for example, a 450 watt power supply ( forget the efficiency aspect of the actual power supply) as I am interested in the mechanics of the  design.
The power supply connects to a PC board, which appears to be called "Power Supply extended card"
Now, looking at the connectors on this extended card, there is a "POWER_VGA1" 8pin connection on this extended card (bottom left black socket).  To this 8pin connector, on my T5600 and seemingly on all the others that have made similar inquiries, we all have a 8pin male connector that fit into the extended card. My 8pin connector has two sets of wires leaving the connector and becoming two 6 pin connectors, one of which 6pin connectors is plugged into my stock Quadro 5000 video card.
OK. So, now most people are wanting to change out the 6pin Quadro card with either an 8pin or 8 pin plus 6pin or 8pin and 8pin graphics card such as a GTX 980TI or GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 or AMDs similar card. 
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Log Name:      SystemSource:        Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PowerDate:          6/18/2016 4:00:05 PMEvent ID:      88Task Category: (85)Level:         ErrorKeywords:      (32)User:          SYSTEMComputer:      Umaish-TabletDescription:The system was hibernated due to a critical thermal event.Hibernate Time = ?2016?-?06?-?18T11:00:05.753907500Z            ACPI Thermal Zone = Display Board Sensor            _HOT = 3312KEvent Xml:<Event xmlns="">  <System>    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" />    <EventID>88</EventID>    <Version>0</Version>    <Level>2</Level>    <Task>85</Task>    <Opcode>0</Opcode>    <Keywords>0x8000000000000020</Keywords>    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2016-06-18T11:00:05.759215000Z" />    <EventRecordID>1281</EventRe... Read more

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