For those of you who never shut down your laptop you aren't doing right. They weren't designed for that; you're going to burn out the computer's fan. If you must have a computer that will be left on for an extended time get a desktop or a tower. I speak from experience. While I haven't burnt the fan out, after 3 years the bearings are starting to go (it is rattling). And while you may say that 3 years is a long life for a laptop not everyone has the money to keep buying laptops every three years. My recommendation (if you can't afford a new computer) is to go to second-hand store and get the newest computer they have and to offer them 50 dollars because, after all, it is an unsupported computer (unless you find a windows7 computer in there). Go in during the day and ask for someone you can negotiate price with.