My laptop has been serviced recently (cleaned + thermal paste changed). But about 2 weeks back it started overheating with nothing running. There were some windows updates that were being downloaded i thought i could be because of them. I use a dual booted system and when i boot to linux, laptop performs just fine with no heating issues. I reinstalled windows yesterday to rule out any software conflicts and issues. But the laptop would still overheat. On consulting a tech support guy, he said that it could be my graphics chip failing. Could that be the case? How bad is it? how much is it going to cost me to get it repaired.
The heatpipe coolers fail on laptops all the time, to give you an idea of how often, my eight year collection weighed almost 800 pounds of mixed copper at the recyclers, only from heatpipe coolers with the aluminum removed where applicable.
It's not unusual. Cost is minimal. What's the model of laptop?