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Laptop Overheating

by thebawstonian / December 9, 2004 3:18 AM PST

Hey Everyone-
My Gateway laptop gets ridiculously hot, so I am going to invest in a laptop cooler. I came across two different types of coolers.
The Vantec LapCool 2

and the Bytecc Heat-pipe Cooler

Now noise if a big factor, which is why I thought the Bytecc one was great...requires no electricity and is noiseless. My only concern is if it works or not...I've read a couple reviews on the Vantec one, which all seem to be good, but can't find anything on the Bytecc one. Has anyone had experience with a heat-pipe cooler, and does it actually work?

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Re: Laptop Overheating
by KenSanramon / December 9, 2004 3:35 AM PST
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Some people have been able to open their notebooks and flush out the heatsink to make it cooler again.

Even using a non-powered device to lift the bottom of the notebook for more airflow to the vents (like the Targus Podium Coolpad) helps. See

The 2nd solution works similar to the Targus but it is using power to generate even more airflow. Note that Targus has a coolpad with fans also that runs off of USB.

I don't know the pricing of what you are looking at but the Targus solutions (and Target and Office Depot, etc sale many of them retail) are in the 19.99-29.99 range.

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Re: Laptop Overheating
by thebawstonian / December 9, 2004 8:22 AM PST
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Thanks for the info, Ken. I'll definitely look into this.

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Re: Laptop Overheating
by KenSanramon / December 9, 2004 9:09 AM PST
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I don't have a heat issue with the Compaq X1000 Pentium M Centrino I have (the fan doesn't even run at all in normal operation) but I still use a Targus Podium Coolpad. Why? It guarantees enough air is getting to the vents underneath, it gives a natural typing position like a desktop keyboard as the Targus Coolpad elevates the rear up to 2" (3 settings). Finally, it can swivel in any direction (base is in two parts connected by pins so you can easily rotate the notebook as desired) and it protects the notebook if you spill liquid underneath it (not directly from overhead into the keyboard of course).

The USB model with the fans would cool even more but that uses battery life and I don't need that level of protection but you might want this given the fact you must have a Pentium 4M cpu.

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