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Battery heating up

by buco55 / April 10, 2007 2:10 AM PDT

I have instaled Windows Vista Home Basic on an old laptop (Toshiba Tecra A1). The OS worked ok, a little bit slow but that is becuase of the low ram (521 MB).
But ever since then my battery and computer has been heating up very rapidly. And today it was the boilling point - the battery was so hot that it heated up all the plastic arround it including the one the one of the laptop itself. When running Vista the fans appears to run all the time at max speed.
Is this a sign of laptop overheating? Shoudl I try to use my laptop with my batter again while running Vista?
I can run XP Pro with no problem or sign of overheating.

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by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / April 10, 2007 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Battery heating up

Your toshiba is equiped with a Pentium 4 CPU. Vista needs more ressources form the entire system and this include from CPU. 3D effects make operate the CPU at higher clocks so this produces more heat.

Maybe you should make a BIOS upgrade. Go on the Toshiba support to download the latest BIOS version for your system. But be sure of what you're doing, a BIOS upgrade is risky.

If you're still under warranty. call Toshiba's tech support.

Until the problem isn't resolved, I would keep my battery out of my laptop to avoid other problems ...

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Get a cooling pad for a P4 laptop
by Igiveup2 / April 10, 2007 11:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Battery heating up

The P4 processor is a notorious heat machine that is not taking well to the extra resources used by Vista. Your laptop is likely to have a short and bitter life without a cooling pad.

If the battery itself is overheating, that is an indicator of a failure such as an internal short or a failing internal chip. It is dangerous and should be replaced.

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