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May 9, 2008, 9:16 pm
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My otherwise normal Gateway laptop began to shut off or start running
its fan more often the longer I operated it. For example, running
Flight Simulator or logging into Second Life. I soon associated my
laptop fan volume with the sudden shutdowns. At some point I devised a
platform from my outdoor grill, with a pipe to outside cooler air from
a nearby window to help cool my laptop off. This helped a little bit,
but soon the fan started running all the time again.
I discovered that my problem may not be unique. I've noticed laptop
cooling platforms at Best Buy!
Recently, my friend bought a powerful Altima Eureka, 12 amps, wide
track, bagless vacuum cleaner. I started noticing that no matter when
I vacuumed, it picked up a ton of dust and crap - no matter how often
Then I wondered about the skum that may have built up over the months
in my laptop's vents, on top of the CPU, and in the exit duct, etc.
With my laptop OFF, I took her monster vacuum cleaner, disconnected
off the input hose from the floor rotary section at the disconnect
point, and connected the flexible plastic hose to its extension pipe
without attachments. I turned Monster Mash on and sucked the living
you-know-what from the output and input vents of the processor fan
ports. I held it right up to the ports for at least a few minutes for
both input and output ports.
My laptop runs like new, just as if I had pulled it out of the carton
from Best Buy.
My cooling fan used to run all the time before this nuclear cleaning.
Now I can hear the CPU fan shut off at least as often as it did when I
first bought my Gateway.
Amazing? Probably not, but why don't you read about this solution next
to the cooling laptop platforms in your local retailer?
Re: Is this a solution to your older overheating laptop?
know what they are doing, the "right" solution might also be dangerous.
The "right" solution, which often needs to be done every 3 to 12 months,
is disassembly so that the fan and heatsink can be gotten to directly
and fully, and cleaned (with compressed air).