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Old 03-04-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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when your COMPUTER is really HOT, that's bad news isn't it?
I dunno. I have a Sony Vaio notebook that I love, about 6 years old. Suddenly today while I was listening to a podcast it shut down all my open windows (not Outlook however) and then I just happened to notice it was REALLY HOT, like the desk underneath was very very hot also. Like it could start a fire if I went out and left it running for hours! That's bad huh? I don't know where the fan is and can't find info on it, maybe I need to take it in for a check up?
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:23 PM   #2
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you can buy external fans that sit underneath it for much cheaper, and they work just as well in my experience!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have a fan under my laptop. It used to heat up as well. This fan worked. It plugs into a USB port and keeps the laptop cool.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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If it were me, I think I'd take it in, just to make sure it's not a bigger problem. If it gets fried, all is lost, I think, right?
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:30 PM   #5
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Oh wow, thanks. I didn't know that. I was thinking of taking it in but it costs $100 just to be looked at. I'll look into the external fan, much appreciated!!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:32 PM   #6
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My external fan only cost around $20. It keeps my puter nice and cool. Is there an electrical burning smell at all? If not, it's just overheating. Give the fan a try, then if it still has problems, go have it checked.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:53 PM   #7
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The heat is a symptom that something is overheating. You really need to take it in. At the very least, they will clean out all of the dust. If it continues to overheat, the hard drive will burn out.

A couple of months ago, my son's laptop started shutting down all the time. You would hear the fan start up real loud and then get quiet. I paid $95 for someone to clean it out. Nothing else was wrong with it. Although I am quite comfortable taking apart a desktop, I do not feel adept enough at tackling laptops. They are quite finicky. Take it to an expert. It will be worth the cost...especially since you love it so much.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:01 PM   #8
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Mine was shutting down out of the blue and was getting hot. We bought an external fan to sit it on and it's been working great for about 9 months with no further problems. A friend who's hobby is rebuilding older computers to donate to schools recommended the external fan.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:30 PM   #9
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Hanh! I have a Sony VAIO Notebook that is 5 1/2 years old! Hahah!
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My dad has a sony vaio that is about that old too. He just bought a new one yesterday..another sony. Their technology has really improved, you get more for your money.
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