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Hp G60, long streaming vid sessions, up to it ?

by windot / September 2, 2012 7:34 AM PDT

Wondering if I could get this put to rest : of late I've had only a laptop for video/ movies, and found myself streaming from the likes of Pbs video for hours at a time.

I've been told, on differing occasions, that streaming video is okay but lots of dvd use is going to wear out the dvd drive, or even worse, that hours-long streaming video use will burn up the video card (or something) in the laptop.

Any truth to the streaming warning ? Since this is the primary & only computer for all needs I suppose I could pick up a no-frills, inexpensive laptop, and just use it for the video streaming, if it would save this one...
As you can tell I'm a novice with the tech aspects. Thanks for helping clear this up.

[specs on this one: Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB /
Graphics Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family /Gaming graphics 1695 MB Total available graphics memory /Primary hard disk 140GB Free (220GB Total) System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2
Display adapter type Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Total available graphics memory 1695 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 64 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 1631 MB
Display adapter driver version
Primary monitor resolution 1366x768
DirectX version DirectX 10]

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If you want to do better
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2012 12:54 AM PDT

Put the laptop on some cooling pad.

Your concern about the DVD is odd. Since it's not used during streaming it does not age any quicker than normal.

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good add-on
by windot / September 3, 2012 2:26 AM PDT

The cooling apparatus definitely helps when you carefully align it to the vents and confirm that there is breathiing room. Good call. (When doing multiple programs with lots of hard-disc referencing, the cooler rack keeps the temps down remarkably well.)

My question, I guess-- is there any reason that watching streaming video for an hour or two, or three, should put any undue wear on anything in the hardware department ? Are vid cards in laptops like mine routinely expected to easily support that kind of use ?

Guess my experiences with most technology are sort of in the "yes, you could use it for that, but..." column.
Just wondered if this is a common thing and laptops these days are robust enough to act like a tv monitor now and then.

(Sorry, the dvd mention was just an example of 'stuff I've been told' re watching vids... irrelevant to streaming, yes.)

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I have to go with a simple no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2012 8:39 AM PDT
In reply to: good add-on

There would be less wear in my view since the user is not using any keyboard, mouse or parts that move and wear out.

-> Sorry to write this but today's electronics are at best a 5 year affair. Some folk are loathe to write about that.

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