Running BBB over couple days leads to overheating

Hey guys,
I'm running debian 7.4 on my BBB, with nothing more than noip-update scrip running. I had it running for two days now, and it gets very hot and shuts down. It even got hot on startup after inital setup (flashing os, etc). Is that a common issue? Is the BBB even layed out for running ofer such a long timespan? I woild like to have it running 24/7 as a webserver. Is that a possible use-case? I would love to hear your input.


I've kept many BeagleBones running for weeks at a time, typically under
a 3D printer cape. I have not had a problem with over-heating or
shutting down yet.

If you provide adequate ventilation so that heat does not collect inside a closed box, it should have no heat issues of any kind. The board was designed to run over long periods of time.


$ uptime
11:29:08 up 15 days, 15:03, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.05

Maybe he has a faulty Beagle ?

Could be. If he has popped a few I/O pins it could cause things to heat up.


I just checked one I have. it has been up 61 days. It has a little Glade-interfaced program, so generally it isn’t running anything unless
somebody logs in an starts the program. But, that shouldn’t matter.

It is in a closed box with power supplies and a home-made cape, so if it was going to overheat, I’d expect that to do it.


uptime 12:25:49 up 88 days, 10:43, 1 user, load average: 0.03, 0.04, 0.35

another one uptime 13:43:25 up 57 days, 13:30, 1 user, load average: 3.00, 3.02, 3.05

Is there a way to find out if thats the case? And could it be repaired? In the worst case, i have to buy one of the BBB from element14 i guess…

It can be repaired.


05:58:07 up 107 days, 16:10, 2 users, load average: 0,00, 0,01, 0,05

Can you tell me how?

You request an RMA.
You send it n.
We replace the bad part.


I have the same problem, I had it running for days with zoneminder active and had no problems, but adding openvpn leads to overheat and lockup in less than 1 hour, even with the case open.

I have to decide if it’s worth trying to add a heatsink or switch back to the PI, which is slower but was up for months and never overheated with both ZM and OpenVPN active