Why is my laptop overheating during gaming ever since I accidentally dropped it?

Tyler May 23, 2011
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I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 I bought back in January. It’s been running just fine. I play games such as World of Warcraft and Borderlands.

A little over a week ago, I had my laptop in my backpack and it slid off of a table onto a carpeted, but hard floor. Luckily, I had already turned the machine off.

Ever since then, the laptop will turn off during both games. An error message will come up, saying something about an application needing to be terminated then the laptop will shut off.

Could it be a damaged fan, or has something been disconnected? The computer runs decent when I’m not playing games, feeling just like normal. It overheats on any surface when previously it never overheated.

Chipset – ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series.
Windows 7 x64.
4 GB RAM.

Any help would be absolutely appreciated.

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