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Bad To Have Had Laptop In "always On" Power Mode By Accident?


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:22 AM

Hi,

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? :thumbsup:

(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...)

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:59 AM

If it's plugged into AC power it doesn't matter. If you're running off the battery, it will discharge quicker. Why don't you set the power options back or won't they change?It also might be dirty inside the laptop and building up excess heat causing the fan to come on more frequently
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:14 AM

The fan usually comes on as a result of increased temperatures in the case. I'd suggest a can of compressed air to blow out the openings in the case and remove accumulated dust.
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:46 PM

Battery is in (more as a power backup), but it's always plugged into A/C.

I did set my settings back to Portable/Laptop (with "Never" set for all the sub-settings). The fan is now hardly turning on (so it's like normal).

I was just wondering if having it set the other way, which caused the fan to turn on and off a lot (and seemed to make my computer run hotter?) could have harmed the computer in any way, set like that for the past six months...

Should it be fine? Or anything to worry about?

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