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So my CPU video card and thermal unit on my main laptop are melting down. The corner fans aren't moving enough air either, and the video assembly sits on top of the wireless card/antenna. I'm debating pricing a new laptop, since it may will be less of a cost/hassle than trying to replace the video card/thermal assembly of a 2-3 year old Dell laptop. And maybe the wireless card too.

My desktop is still in full OS meltdown since I haven't gotten a Linux distro yet to boot it (thank you XP SP3 for completely crashing my Windows install).

My old laptop is old. And as cranky as you can make a 6ish-year-old install of XP.

Until such point that the gods of technology aren't pouring some liquid on my head, my presence online at home is as much a factor of luck as anything else. Fair warning ;;

Date: 2009-01-30 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] m-ophelia.livejournal.com
ew...dell. No wonder it's melting down...Dells are not that good. If you are going to get a new laptop, I'd suggest Toshiba...reliable, and I've never had problems with mine. They're also generally one of the better brands to get...but good luck either way!

Date: 2009-02-12 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasandaro.livejournal.com
Got a Gateway. I've known a couple people to have power problems with Toshibas.

Date: 2009-02-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anmmurdock.livejournal.com
Try a cool pad, if you haven't already. I bought one at Walmart for @$30 and it keeps my laptop working great, even after some hard gaming.

Date: 2009-02-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anmmurdock.livejournal.com
Oh, and my laptop is a DELL thank you very much. lol

Date: 2009-02-12 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasandaro.livejournal.com
I've had cooling fans under it - no real effect. Part of the problem was, so much heat was radiating up, it was tough to touch the keys on the right hand side after a while. And this was after maybe 30 minutes of web surfing.

Date: 2009-02-13 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anmmurdock.livejournal.com
Yeah, the cool pad I bought at Walmart seems to work well for my Dell XPS M1530 it draws the heat from the bottom and blows it out the back. But if your keys are getting hot to the touch, it sounds like you have a bigger problem. I wonder if your internal cooling fan is working. Sounds like something is wrong with your laptop.


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