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Old 04-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
CalcProgrammer1
 
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Default Re: Overheating, Incompatible, or simply Old and Rubbish!

I have an old IBM ThinkPad A21p and I also have to use an external PCMCIA card for WiFi and Ethernet, a USB hub to expand my one port into 4...but it works just fine and doesn't overheat. Adding devices shouldn't stress your laptop's processor, only its battery. Try using PC Wizard 2008 to see what your CPU temperature (and possibly others if your PC supports it) is under idle and under stress. My laptop doesn't support SpeedFan so I recommend PC Wizard 2008, as it finds my laptop's temperature.

My new laptop on the other hand almost always runs the fan at full speed, probably from the stress of folding in the background and the 8600M GS.
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