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[Question] Laptop overheat

Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by NoSurviivors, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. NoSurviivors

    NoSurviivors fmeinthea

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    This thing is cooking my balls if I actually use it on my lap. Especially with videos. Average temp is 165 or so, but it skyrockets whenever I open something flash based like youtube. 200+.

    I cleaned it & that helped a little.. went virus hunting, uninstalled and downloaded software. No virus/No change. Then I just re installed windows. Same shit. Fan is always going.. etc.

    What else can I do? It's an AMD, so it's always ran hot, but not like this. Anything I can do physically? Driver updates? The touchpad on this thing sucks so I'm looking for drivers anyway. Way too sensitive, the cursor moves if my thumb is 1cm away from it. Hate that.

    HP625 AMD P340 3Gig RAM. Win7 Pro x64. I use Chrome. I know it's not a great machine.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    Max out your RAM. Flash uses RAM like its going out of style.
     
  3. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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  4. NoSurviivors

    NoSurviivors fmeinthea

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    I prop it up, but yeah I do need a fan either way. Upgrading RAM never hurts, which I'll do when I get back to work. I'm just getting over a broken ankle.

    What annoys me is that it hasn't been this much of an issue until around December. I don't like change.
     
  5. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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    I had the same problem with my HP. It started overheating and turning off. I now have a new laptop and a cooling fan.
     
  6. Konstantin K

    Konstantin K Big League Poster

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  7. NoSurviivors

    NoSurviivors fmeinthea

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    Exactly. A new laptop isn't in the cards until spring or so for me though. I've had this one for a little over a year.
     
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  8. Stormrider666

    Stormrider666 Hell is home.

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    Which brand laptop did you wind up getting?
     
  9. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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    I got this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009JXK1WQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    and some extra RAM
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XN3OL4/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The computer has Windows 8 on it, which is really the only thing I'm not happy about. I got caught up in the idea of having something new (which just doesn't happen to me). Windows 8 is pointless. It's not the best computer in the world but it's great for me. The Nvidia graphics card was a big selling point.
     
  10. Stormrider666

    Stormrider666 Hell is home.

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    Thanks. I like what I have seen/heard about Acer brand laptops and I think that's the one I'm going to go with.
     
  11. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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    I'm no expert, but I did read a lot of reviews and try to understand all the specs. It was the best computer in my price range (at least as far as I could see). Again, try to avoid Windows 8.
     
  12. Hog's Big Ben

    Hog's Big Ben Getting ass-***** in The Octagon, brother.
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    Laptops are notorious for literally baking the thermal grease right off of the CPU. You're not going to fix it via software or by adding RAM. Google your model for instructions on replacing the heatsink/fan. It's usually not that complicated. Clean off the old grease with Q-tips and rubbing alcohol and put fresh new grease on. Hit up Google or a neighborhood 14-year-old virgin if none of this sounds like something you're comfortable doing.
     
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  13. gorram

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    Is the heat coming from CPU or GPU, usually you can tell where the CPU is since the fan is visible. If you are mechanically inclined maybe redo the thermal paste on the CPU/GPU whichever is overheating. I remember having a laptop one time that the CPU fan was not spinning up when the chip got hot, found a software utility that you could enable 100% speed on the fan for it. Seems like it was called fangui.

    EDIT: I see HBB thinks the same thing, just wanted to add to this do NOT use too much paste, this can be just as bad.
     
  14. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    The HP I bought in 2002 was like that also. It was so bad near the end that it would only last 30 minutes of light use before shutting off. I had it sitting on a fan that in turn was sitting on VHS tapes (to get more circulation underneath it.
     
  15. DrewDown

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    This is my experience exactly. I used books instead of VHS tapes, but yes. I used to like HP, but I had consecutive laptops from them with a number of silly problems right from the start. I'm hoping Acer is more reliable.
     
  16. Hollywood Al

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    It's yo hard drive nigga...sounds like it got capped. Swap your boot drive fo a solid State, and get an external drive if you needz it, shit!
     
  17. DrewDown

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    GorillaPimp?
     
  18. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    Stop posting.
     
  19. Hollywood Al

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    Trans-racial up in this bitch. Pandemonium 2013!
     
  20. fletcher

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    Forget posting, stop breathing.
     
  21. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    I switched to a Dell in 2009 and the laptop more solid than anything I've ever dealt with. Love the computer... unfortunately I will never deal with Dell after my experience during the purchasing process. I was quoted 3 weeks for the laptop to be built... received it 56 days later, and every time I contacted them I was told three more weeks at most. The only compensation they offered was free overnight shipping.

    I think from now on I'm going with Asus.
     
  22. DrewDown

    DrewDown All are welcome

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    This has to be Three Hole Puncher fuckin' around. Right? There's no other explanation.
     
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    Is Andrew bringing his little Xbox friends to visit us?
     
  24. peewee

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    This is exactly what I need. My fan is on it's way out and I really don't want to replace it yet since it is just outside my computer repair comfort zone and would cost way to much to bring it somewhere. I am hoping this will prolong the life of my fan.
     
  25. blazin

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    This is correct, plus there's probably a build up of dust/hair/dirt inside which essentially clogs the exhaust. But you clean and reapply the grease all in the same job

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    Laptop cooling pads certainly help, but they are just a band-aid.
     

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