Originally Posted by ucbluman
So I got a Vantec Lapcool2 for my Asus M6Ne today, based on all the rave reviews I've read. However, it doesn't seem like it's doing anything for my CPU temps. If anything, the temps are 1-2 degrees celcius higher on average than before, when I was using a simple Targus CoolPad, no matter what speed the Lapcool's fans are set at. any ideas on what the problem is? I'm thinking the CPU is not in the right place for the fans to do anything about it.
I purchased one of those too and it's been great, but then again, I cheat. I remove the RAM access cover and let the Lapcool2 fans blow directly up into the machine -- really makes a big difference. Be careful though that if you do this, you aren't defeating the designer's air flow path or you could make the situation even worse. Best way to avoid this is to get the documentation on your machine and see how the guts are set up, where the air comes into the machine, how it flows, and where the hot air exhausts.
Best results I've had thus far on my laptop cooling experiments is using an external fan and hose to suck air from the exhaust vent on the PC. This ensures you are using the air flow as the engineer designed it and the constant airflow keeps the machine from heating up as fast in the first place. Using both the Lapcool2 with RAM cover off and the external exhaust booster keep this old IBM very cool indeed.