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My notebook is running hot (fan working overtime) Help?!?!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by c10bonanza, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. c10bonanza

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    Hey guys, it's me again. The technology ignoramus.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 notebook. It seems that recently it has been running very warm, and that the fan is always on full blast. Sometimes, when running a programs (such as an interactive study tool by Kaplan), it gets so warm that it shuts down.

    What can I do to get it cooled down and to optimum operating temps? Please remember, I am a novice when it comes to computers.

    BTW, I installed HDD Life pro, and about the lowest temp on my hard drive I have seen is 123F or 52C.

    Many thanks in advance!!!
     
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    Those Dell notebooks have a problem of getting full of dust and overheating.A good cleaning should take care of it.
     

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    Great...I will try that first. Do I need to physically remove the bottom cover to get at the fan, or can I simply spray some compressed air into where the fan housing is?
     
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    Fantastic...thanks so much D.C.!
     
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    I rarely carry my laptop around, it sits on my table most of the time. A computer "geek" friend of mine said that heat was the worst enemy to battery life.

    I took the battery out and just use the power cord. I also bought one of those "fan platform thingies" that my computer sits on. So far my computer has had no heat problems. I think I only paid $20 for the platform.