I have an m5700 that recently started being used as a gaming laptop. After a few sessions on it, it notably ran way too hot to the touch. While it was hot, it had laggy / jagged gameplay, but didn't shut down.
I bought a laptop cooler tablet for it with a few fans, and that seemed to considerably lower the temperature on it. This worked for a few days, but all of a sudden it started randomly shutting down, even without a game being played on it (just sitting there at a windows desktop).
I downloaded SpeedFan and the CPU temps were about 54C. However, the GPU was reading 0. Not sure if this model is compatible with SpeedFan or not.
To minimize any sort of additional heat that was being generated, I removed the battery and am running it entirely off of the power supply. Still shuts down randomly.
Curiously enough, I left it alone for a day (plugged into the wall outlet), and the laptop reset its time to 1980.
The laptop still randomly shuts down.
So my question is: did I fry something?
I read on other models that if the BIOS doesn't correctly detect temperatures, it will shut the system down to save itself. Is there maybe a way I can download a new BIOS that doesn't have the functionality? I found an ftp link (ftp://aliendl.alienware.com/Mobile/m5700/BIOS), but I can't browse the contents. Does anyone know the direct link to the BIOS file?
Any help is appreciated.