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Need help, what cooling should I get for my 17" laptop?


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#1 Purplegill10

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:28 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 2nd Gen that runs hot when running heavy load programs/games/etc. I've seen cooling pads and some channeled laptop supports but none seem to do the trick (ive had my laptop in mid-air and it still ran hot, plus I've once burned out a fan from using it so much). So anyone have any tips/products that could help me?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:39 AM

Usually, laptop's cooling system are designed for their hardware specifications. Most thermal events are triggered by dust and bunnies or blocked ventilation, bad heatsink, internal cooling fans or sensor malfunctions, processor needs reapplying thermal paste. By means of heavy usage would make the laptop more susceptible to overheat because of being compact and light. Some people I have noticed taking their laptops for repair are due to not shutting them down, being used 24/7 and or playing games. Desktop are more robust when it comes into this conditions. The external fan is only a temporary solution.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:57 PM

I've been using a Targus lap chill mat with my sony vaio 17inch laptop for a year now,
before this the laptop had a tendency to get hot on the left hand side (mostly the QWERTY section of the keyboard)
but since using the Targus mat this has been reduced greatly
My best mate bought an Asus laptop 2 years ago which got so hot you could have fried an egg on it!
He purchased the Cooler master Notepal U2(has two fans you can fix anywhere on the pad for best fan placement)
and has noticed a drastic reduction in heat.
both of these i found very good to use(both USB powered)
also consider getting your laptop serviced as it could just be clogged with dust

good luck anyway mate

Edited by ichiban1962, 13 August 2012 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:13 PM

Thanks for the replies, i'll check into cleaning my laptop.
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