For the past six months or longer, the fan on my computer has been going on and off A LOT. I thought I might have picked up an undetectable virus, but today I just realized that my power settings somehow got changed to "Always On" (which has its own inherent power/fan settings, regardless of individual custom settings within that) instead of just using "Portable/Laptop" and changing the individual custom settings to "Never". Gah! (I had this same issue a year ago, and finally figured out this solution, then I must have forgot, because the same thing happened! Double Gah!)
So my question is, is it bad for my laptop to have been on the "Always On" setting instead of "Portable/Laptop" and the fan turning on and off every minute or two for the last six months? If so, how bad?
(However, I am getting rid of this laptop, as I've been setting up a new replacement one, so if it is bad, it's not THAT big a deal, I guess... But I'd still like to know...)
Thanks! And Happy Holidays!
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