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#1 xXAlphaXx

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:24 PM

I was talking to a HP representative, and with their ingenious design on this particular laptop, I cannot get to the heatsink without damaging something.

So I asked what would be my options without having to put the laptop in a repair shop or to have them repair it.

Firstly they recommended a BIOS update. I figured, what could it hurt and updated it, no change.

Then they recommended a vacuum to pull the dust out. Isn't this a great way to damage something? I just wanted to ask the question to see what other people think before I try it.
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:35 PM

I know some use vacuums. But they [vacuums] have a resident static charge building almost always.

I would not do it. Compressed air is the general recommended method.
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:37 PM

Yes this is what I thought as well, however, I was thinking over the vacuum method, I would be using it over the plastic casing to suck out the dust, it would not come in contact with the motherboard or any of the components. Now, I do not know how well plastic conducts but it sounds do-able.


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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:38 PM

With the way most laptops are designed, directing the compressed air nozzle in the vent (both directions) will usually be suficient
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:42 PM

I have a small vac I set down a couple feet away when using compressed.

I never touch any case with a vac hose.

/Edit: Some plastics will produce and conduct a static charge.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:16 PM

What if I set the vacuum to blow and not touch the casing at all?


Yes I know I'm trying to put off getting more compressed air =P
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:20 PM

I can't honestly say. I've never used the blowing method. But something tells me there are going to be problems.
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:08 PM

What if I set the vacuum to blow and not touch the casing at all?

How clean is the vacuum and filter? You run the risk of blowing crap into it
Maybe stick an old nylon over the nozzle
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:43 PM

Well acually its my sisters fluff dryer (shes a dog groomer) So theres nothing in it at all and I can turn off the heat so that shouldent be a problem.
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:06 PM

Lung power works better.
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:17 PM

Well I've tried the lung power to no avail, I tried the fluff drier idea too and that definitly blew, I heard the fans spin is was blowing pretty hard.

However I am still running about 60-65C on idle, I'm starting to think that my first AMD is a bad experience.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:26 PM

Well...I don't think it's AMD, so much as the inherent design flaws of laptops.

If it was desktop, you could just remove the heatsink...put a new spot of thermal grease on it, replace the heatsink/fan and be sure that this is NOT the problem.

You could also change the number of fans, type of cooling, etc.

My understanding has always been that laptops generally run hot...for these and inadequate ventilation that is provided. I could be wrong...

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:54 PM

Well it stays on the desk so I guess you could say that is inadiquit ventalation.

Im trying to get a can of compressed air with one of the straws so I can get right up in the heat sink and we will see how that goes.

Then again, i've been logging all my temps with SpeedFan and I hear its pretty untrustworthy. Is there any programs that you recomend?
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:00 PM

I've heard good things (from a source I consider reliable) about Core Temp - http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

I don't monitor my temps but I used to...and became quickly convinced that Motherboard Monitor and Speedfan were not necessarily to be relied upon.

I just check the BIOS temp reading when I have any concerns.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:33 PM

Blowing as system out with compressed air will fix some, but not all problems with overheating.
Blow it out through the exit ports, and then blow it out through the fan intake port - then do it again.
If there's a lot of gunk in there it may not remove it all - so try it a couple of times before giving up on it.
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