Laptop Computers

By Turtle Latest Reply 2010-02-10 22:20:58 -0600
Started 2010-02-03 00:11:15 -0600

If you use one, does it seem to heat up if you have it on for very long? TIP: Here is what I do. I keep my laptop on a cooling rack on my desk. I actually tape the rack to my desk to keep it where I want it.


12 replies

Nova69 2010-02-10 21:58:46 -0600 Report

Another thing you might consider is that the fans in laptops tend to accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and pet hair. It helps to check them ocasionally and either dust them off or use one of those tiny vacuums to remove some of the mess. You'd be surprised how much cooler your laptop can run with an occasional cleaning.

Elrond 2010-02-10 22:20:58 -0600 Report

If you think that's bad, you should see my desktop. My roommate's cat is very fond of rubbing against the CPU and the intake grid collects enough hair to knit another cat. I haven't had the case open for cleaning lately but I need to do it soon; the cooling fan is running almost full-time.

Turtle 2010-02-07 07:33:03 -0600 Report

Nice discussion…I was not sure when I started it if it would be of interest to ppl.

I used to use my laptop on a pillow on my lap and the cooling fan ran all the time. So then I moved to my desk. It STILL had trouble. That is when I thought of the little cooling rack in my toaster oven! Now my computer and me are happy. No more overheating.

cc9 2010-02-03 09:32:39 -0600 Report

well i have mine on my lap as i am in bed usually late in the night and to keep it cool i have the fan going. keeps me and lap top cool.

2010-02-03 08:41:44 -0600 Report

I purchased a cooling rack for my son since he is on his allllll the time. It was 20.00 at walmart. My netbook becomes hot quickly so I just place it on a lap pillow I have. No problems.

Elrond 2010-02-03 02:34:08 -0600 Report

Laptops generally get pretty warm while operating. It's a good idea to place one on a cooling rack or at least a firm surface to allow air to circulate under it. Surprisingly, the worst place for a laptop is your lap. Several companies manufacture and sell cooling platforms specifically designed for laptops but if you operate from batteries, these will suck your battery down fast.

Kira_xo 2010-02-03 01:59:12 -0600 Report

Oh yes! Mine def gets hot when I'm using it for long periods of time. We don't have a desk so I normally put a pillow on my lap, under the laptop so that my legs don't get too hot.

MAYS 2010-02-03 02:33:36 -0600 Report

Because a pillow is flexible and will conform in shape to the contours of your laptop, you will block the air intake slots \ vents defeating part of the cooling process of your laptop, you will notice this when the internal cooling fan turns on and remains on.
It's better to use a flat hard surface such as a bed tray to prevent this.
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