Originally Posted by Merin
what kind of cooling pad are you using? i read somewhere on the sager forums that some cooling pads blow air back into your pc, getting it hotter.
With this you are quite right and there is a serious problem if you are freezing the machine being that intel makes their processors to step down (for P4 desktops I know, laptops I do not), meaning they slow down to help reduce heat to keep from burning up and if you are freezing up that means you are hitting that delicate thresh hold zone in which the processor could get damaged.
You need to make darn sure that your laptop cooler is moving air in the same direction that your laptop is or all you will do is slow down or even stop air flow within your laptop.
If your notebook cooler is moving air in the same direction you might need better heatsink compound between the processor and the heatsink.
If you do replace the heatsink compound your self take special precautions.... clean the heatsink and the CPU with 99% alchohol and a lint free cloth. Do not touch the heatsink or the CPU when or after cleaning them so that you don't get any dead skin cells or oil on either so that the heat can be 100% transfered and not insolated.
Bear in mind this may void your warantee but it is worth a shot if you really want to keep your laptop.
Also, if that doesn't solve the poblem then either your processor is bad and over heating or the heatsink isn't doing its job well enough.
I don't see the heatsink being the likely problem cause AW won't send out a laptop to the mass market just to see them all come back with problems. They'd loose to much money.
If you're wanting reliability my recommendation is the P M, not a desktop replacement PCI Express laptop. Being that the technoligy is young better technoligy will come along. Technoligy that won't be nearly as hot.