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Is CS3 shutting off? or the whole pC. My kids pc had a fan go out but it would only reboot or blue screen. If the pc just shuts down you also might check to see there is any thing else set to shut it down. There are power options that can couse problems with exporting, make sure these are all OFF. Rocky
I had that problem once. I solved it by backing up to a Windows restore point from before it started to happen.
...the whole pc shuts down...
will address the cooling issue at once.
My computer has...
1 fan in the power supply
1 fan over the CPU (Intel)
1 fan in the front to pull air in
1 fan in the back to push air out
1 fan in the side over the video card
1 small fan on the video card itself
1 small fan in each of 2 hard drive swap housings
A bit more noise than my wife's "stock" HP computer, but never a heat problem
I would also be checking RAM. I have had very similar problems in the recent past, good thing ram is very much cheaper now anyway. Change the ram and see if your problem goes away. Getting hot, might not cause a problem at the same point each time. But as said should be checked as with have the best power supply you can buy. Possibly Antec 650 or better.
Are yuu sure it isn't the automatic power saving settings kicking in because you haven't made a keyboard or mouse input for a long time?
For what its worth...
The heat sink over the chip was clogged with dust.
Cleaning it solved the problem.
I had the same problem too, like you said, all that was needed was some dust removal. Good job.
Glad you got it sorted and for reporting back.
Usually, this sort of manifestation is:
1.) heat, then much farther down the list of possibilities -
2.) PS going bad
3.) RAM going bad
4.) MoBo going bad
5.) Power settings (I do not conserve power in any way on my workstation, so I am not even sure what possible settings might exist)