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Old 06-19-2008, 01:54 PM   #11
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I couldn't remember how much our laptop cooling pads cost, so I just checked ebay. They are running about $15 to $20 and a lot of them have free shipping. You can buy them where you buy computers also.

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Old 06-19-2008, 07:11 PM   #12
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Ya'll are having the same problem, those cooling fan bearings don't last forever, once they go and start to stick it can no longer get the heat away and the laptop will shut down.
The vent on the bottom is only one direction it can go, the other is out the back. If yours does not have a back vent, then yea you will have problems placing it on your lap but should not have any problem placing it on a counter or other firm surface.
Bottom line is that while some laptops will not function well due to design on your lap, all should function just fine on a flat firm surface and if they don't you have a problem that needs fixing.
Laptop coolers will help, but not completely as they are not a replacement for a bad fan. They are mostly designed for laptops that don't do so well on your lap, LOL. So if your laptop functions great everywhere except on you lap, then get one and you will be fine.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:13 PM   #13
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Go with what mav says and also check to see if the actual fan is spinning. The soda could have caused the bearings to stick thus not allowing it to spin and properly cool the machine.

In order to do so, you have to open the laptop and take it apart to see if the fans are spinning. Also since you took it to best buy, make sure they hooked everything back up. I have made that mistake here at work and for got to hook up stuff.

college students are your friends. Find one in your neighborhood that is going into computers and see if he/she will help you out.

Laptops are not supposed to get "that" hot. Maybe something in the bios was turned off for fan controls.

good luck
A couple more good points, college students and checking Bios functions! Thanks LT!
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:31 PM   #14
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...Laptop coolers will help, but not completely as they are not a replacement for a bad fan....
True--they are better as a preventative measure. A lot of laptops won't work at all once a drink has been spilled in them, so I guess shutting down when it overheats isn't the worst thing that could have happened.

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Old 06-19-2008, 07:44 PM   #15
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I can attest to that, I have two Toshiba paper weights upstairs thanks to my 3 year old daughter and a large glass of fruit punch in each instance!!
And just a week apart too.... Grrrrrrr.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:46 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input guys. Seems some have the same problem and the cooling pad is an option.

I don't know what they did to it at Best Buy.

It's propped up right now with a small fan pointing at it... so far so good.
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:09 PM   #17
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does anyone know the actual cut off temp.
for a lap top ?
dell or otherwise ...
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:43 PM   #18
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Jeeze I used to know this, back when I paid more attention to Bios... LOL.
Here is a link about the subject, as you can see the cooler the better (but not too cold) so get those fans fixed soon:
Techlearning > > Maximum Operating Temperatures for Computers > March 22, 2004
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:08 PM   #19
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True--they are better as a preventative measure. A lot of laptops won't work at all once a drink has been spilled in them, so I guess shutting down when it overheats isn't the worst thing that could have happened.

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Oh yes, I learned this the hard way ... my laptop HATES coffee with cream!
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:27 PM   #20
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I have an older Dell refurbished from Ebay it works great I got it a couple years ago for $250.00 it seemed hot but doe's have the new battery that wont catch fire . I got it to go wireless to the living room. It seemed a bit warm so I set it on a cookie cooling rack so the air would pass through the bottom. No problems at all..
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