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    Default Overheating laptops? here is my ghetto soultion

    I have the perfect cure for eliminating overheating problems associated with laptops. Here is my story:
    About 5 months ago I bought a Toshiba satellite p-35 17 inch screen laptop with a powerful Pentium 4, 3.46ghz chip inside. Needless to say, the laptop worked like a desktop for the first few months but then the honeymoon ended quickly. The laptop began to make loud fan noises and started to heat up my lap and then the whole laptop until came a time it actually shut off from over heating. At first I thought I might have blocked the vent holes (fan intake) from keeping it on my bed or from placing it on my lap. Then I soon realized that the problem was getting worse and the fans were blowing at full speed and my lap started to burn up. If I perform some heavy multitasking on my laptop, it would simply shut off. I knew I needed a cure fast or I was going to destroy my machine.
    I looked through the net and to my surprise I found out in the forums that almost majority of the Toshiba buyers were complaining of same symptoms. I know for fact 2 members or possibly 3 members on this website (dr1) own Toshiba satellite laptops. So please listen up because this post will save you plenty of headaches.
    If you won’t cure the problem in time, you will burn the chip and possible damage the motherboard. The solution was simple on the net: if you have warranty, take it to authorized dealer and have it fixed in a week’s time. Well, I live in DR so I would have to travel to USA to have it fixed. Maybe there are dealers here in capital who are authorized by Toshiba but I wasn’t it the mood to take it that far. I was bent on finding solution for myself.
    Then there was a website where they explained that the over heating problem is associated with lint and dust accumulated in the heat sink grill of the cpu chip. Thus, the fan was unable to blow out hot air to keep the chip cool. This made perfect sense because we seem to have plenty of dust and lint in DR, more than in USA and I always use my laptop at night when I am in my bed, connected through wireless. Then I had realized why the problem was complicating over time. The solution to clean the heatsink was a very complicated method which required disassembling the whole laptop. This would not only void my warranty but would actually increase the chances of me screwing it up for good; not to mention, having a whole bunch of screws left over in the end.
    So I needed a quick ghetto solution. This is when I am a genius, inventing ghetto solutions.
    Here is the simple method in cleaning your heatsinks of CPU chip without opening up your laptop.
    Disconnect the battery and turn off the laptop.
    Take the laptop to your nearby carwash, in my case, in Santiago. Then take the pressurized air hose and the powerful vacuum handy. This is what you do. Take the pressurized air and blast the inside of the heatsink while sucking the dust from the intake of the fans under the laptop. This is important to do it properly. You want to push the dust build up inside the laptop, not suck it out from heatsink air outlet. The dust will be pushed inside the laptop into fan assembly while at the same time your power full vacuum will suck out everything that comes its way. I was shocked to see how much dust and lint came out from everywhere. My laptop was instantly cleaned in 30 seconds.
    Now make sure the compressed air didn’t shoot water vapors inside the unit to make it wet. Keep it in dry hot place or use a blow dryer to dry the inside of it.

    That was it. Now I have connected my laptop and it works like new unit, just like it came from the factory. The laptop is quiet and doesn’t even warm up. I am a happy camper. I think I will repeat this process every few months.
    AZB

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    Thanks a lot for this one, AZB!
    I have an HP and Sony laptop and they show the same "symptoms" as your Toshiba. I sent the Sony once to the US and it was replaced but I will try your way now.

    Thanks again

    Mido on the way to the carwash

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    Mido its important that you do the steps right. in my unit, the fans are down below the laptop and the vents to push the hot air out are on the back of the unit. So you must push the air back in where it actually comes out. The vacuum hose has to be attached to the fan intake air. When you blast the air on the heatsink the dust will get blown off from the heatsink and come out from the fan area and thats where your vacuum will catch it. The dust will also come out from any opening you may have in the laptop. This worked perfectly well for me.
    AZB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mido
    Thanks a lot for this one, AZB!
    I have an HP and Sony laptop and they show the same "symptoms" as your Toshiba. I sent the Sony once to the US and it was replaced but I will try your way now.

    Thanks again

    Mido on the way to the carwash
    Yes, I think that I really like the idea of an all-inclusive carwash.

    Yes, Wash your car, grab a chica, fix your laptop......etc. I might just start spending my whole days there.

    Muchas Gracias

    Sholly

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    Default AZB The next time

    you're in town, stop by and we'll go do mine. I have a Toshiba and yes it heats up. Of course I'll pay the "Presidente" normal fee.

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    Thumbs up Thumbs up!

    AZB shall be credited with invention of “Preventive Maintenance under Dominican Conditions", from my short observations this could be still unknown.

    People in the internet center, where I come to connect laptop to the net, were quite surprised that with simple tools I was able to fix some of there's desktop systems, which were having problems for a long time. Seems that idea of maintaining equipment did not cross there's mind....

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    the setup has to be ideal. The compressed air hose has to be type that blasts air. they attack an attachment adaptor so it can blast out the air. Most places have the air hose with the attachment for filling air into a tire only. Then you have to have the vacuum nearby as well so the hose can reach the laptop as well as the pressurized air pipe. My carwash near my office is the perfect location for it. they have an open pressurized air pipe with a open/close latch. I opened up the latch and the air came out blasting, while I had the cacuum hose attached at the same time. All worked perfectly. So come to santiago and I will healp anyone.
    AZB

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    For those that don't want to go to the car wash, most computer stores sell canned compressed air specifically for this purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOWMAR
    For those that don't want to go to the car wash, most computer stores sell canned compressed air specifically for this purpose.
    I've had to use this "ghetto" method a few times on my Play Station, so I do it at our local dive shop on Pedro Clisante.
    He has a nozzle that hooks up to the scuba tanks.

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    Howmar, carwash is very important because they have the strongest vacuum cleaner in the market, industrial strength. A can of compressed air alone will set you back 170 pesos in DR. I got it all done for free.

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