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Posted: 9/1/2004 5:54:40 PM EST
Is there anyway that I can improve my laptops cooling capacity? It was only AFTER I bought this thing that I heard about Dells having heat issues. BUT, I cant beat the price that I bought the machine for. Yes, I know IBM's kick ass, but they are also MORE EXPENSIVE. If I had the money, I would have bought an IBM. So, any options?
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:00:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 6:03:29 PM EST by ar50troll]
Take off the fur...


Seriously. Look at theee.
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Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:02:23 PM EST
make sure there isnt dust blocking the vents
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:02:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:03:10 PM EST
Get a Targus coolpad. It elevates your laptop and allows proper air circulation between the computer and your desk. You can find it at any computer store.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:03:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 6:03:36 PM EST by fight4yourrights]
There's a mat/fan thing that you can sit the unit on for additional cooling (Targus coolpad)


And YES, my IBM thinkpad does kick ass!
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:26:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 6:26:59 PM EST by urbankaos04]

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
There's a mat/fan thing that you can sit the unit on for additional cooling (Targus coolpad)


And YES, my IBM thinkpad does kick ass!



YOU SUCK!!
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:27:36 PM EST
Thanks for the heads up on the Targus coolpad.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:29:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By ar50troll:
Take off the fur...
www.macitynet.it/immagini/visitaconnoi/mwny2003/funny/preview/tekibookfr.jpg

Seriously. Look at theee.
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More overheating issues



Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:32:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 6:32:25 PM EST by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By urbankaos04:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
There's a mat/fan thing that you can sit the unit on for additional cooling (Targus coolpad)


And YES, my IBM thinkpad does kick ass!



YOU SUCK!!




Worse - expensive CAD workstation graphics card that simply cranks. ATI Mobility Fire GL T2
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:36:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 6:37:05 PM EST by urbankaos04]
Just freaking great, check this shiznit out!

This overheating problem is specific to the Dell 5100/5150 series. It is the most commom problem in these models. Dell refuses to officialy aknowlage it or else they will be admitting to a flaw and it will open the floodgates to class action lawsuits and or returns. Dell used a desktop processer in this model, the fan must run all the time. This, coupled with a design flaw, rapidly allows dust to collect on the heat sink and fan and caused your overheating issues. The most common solution for most has been to use compressed air and clean the fan periodically.


Note: the above information is all opinions I have gathered after my research in various forums and dell user groups, and of course, is subject to controversy
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Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:36:53 PM EST
Ugh.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:37:12 PM EST
Bum Hehr
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:38:57 PM EST
Shoulda bought a freaking IBM! And my laptop is only 10 months old! As I type, I can FEEL the heat radiating from the chasis (the part my wrists are touching).
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:40:15 PM EST
My Sony VAIO laptop was doing the same thing. I took it back to BestBuy twice. They sent if off for repair twice. The second time I go it back, they sent a repair invoice which stated that they updated the software(I assume BIOS), cleaned the machine and most importantly added heat sink compound between the processor and heat sink. I have had it back about 3 weeks and the machine runs really cool now and has not shut down even once since it came back. Big piece of advice - get an extended service plan on any laptop you purchase. It has saved my bacon twice now. Good luck with your problem.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:40:40 PM EST
Fight4yourrights: Does your laptop get hot anywhere?
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 7:33:45 PM EST
What a difference! I used compressed air to blow out whatever dust there was and the computer FEELS cooler. A shit load of dust came out. No wonder my laptop was running hot. I also adjusted the power management settings. Freaking Dell.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 7:38:59 PM EST
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