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Old 05-31-2006, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm running XP on my toshiba, and for a couple years the fan has been pretty loud. Well now, it's actually overheating and shutting down. It's doing it when I try to run disk defragmenter, disk cleanup, or my Macafee virus scan. Everything is moving slowly, and I was trying to clean things up. Any suggestions to stop the unwanted shutting down? I've actually had the fan changed out a couple times...
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I have seen these pads that your notebook sits on that have two fans, about the size of a case fan.

They run pretty nicely, and start at about $30. You should get one.
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Hello,

What are exactly are the specs of your laptop...?
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what specs do you want? just tell me and I'll let u know...it's a Satellite...Pentium 4, 512MB RAM...what else do you need?
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I have seen these pads that your notebook sits on that have two fans, about the size of a case fan.

They run pretty nicely, and start at about $30. You should get one.
Yeah, it is about a thin 15" piece of plastic that holds 2 80mm fans that should cool off the laptop. And on average you'll see the price for these to be around $30. And I think it plugs into your USB but, some might need a seperate adapter
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thanks, I'm think i'm gonna hit up staples at lunch and see what I can find there.
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well, I bought a $30 Targus cooling pad at Staples. hopefully it works...is that a reputable brand?
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well, I bought a $30 Targus cooling pad at Staples. hopefully it works...is that a reputable brand?
You should fix the problem directly to prevent problems in the future. A local computer repair shop could have opened it up and cleaned out all the fans, heatsink, etc. for a small amount of money. I would recommend dealing with the problem directly as much as your budget allows then using a cooling pad.

I wouldn't JUST use a cooling pad without looking into the problem.
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well, I've had the fan change TWICE before and it fixes the probably temporarily, but it always comes back...I don't know what to do.
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That's the problem with laptops that don't have mobile processors...they run very hot and most of the time they overheat.

You could try re-pasting the CPU to the heatsink with good thermal compound.
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