January 22nd, 2010

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i seriously dngi

Laptop Travails

In continuing adventures in WTF Laptop, Why Do You Do This, Adam started overheating dramatically the last few days. Dramatically as in ouch. Also, my fan seemed to stop working, and then the system slowed down to a crawl. Normally, this would, of course, be a screwdriver and Saturday afternoon project moment of maximum contentment, then I decided to hit system restore, since the fan/heat/slowdown problem all happened rather abruptly. Also, I just got Adam upgraded and to my liking and I do not want to deal with another laptop shopping experience when I still have the option of doing a replacement CPU project this year on him, provided I can steal my sister's soldering kit.

For the first time ever using System Restore, it actually worked. Not that I'm not still overheating some, and not that my fan isn't making me nervous, but I dl'ed a program to take control of the fans and monitor the temperature. Except for a 91C spike, it's stayed below 70C since. But for the life of me, even after cleaning it out, I cannot figure out why it hates me or even where this is coming from.

The other problem with the Saturday Fan Replacement Project was when I was disassembling Adam into component parts to install the new wireless n card, I realized I would have to reduce it into literal component parts to get to the fan--WTF? How are you supposed to easily clean it when you have to go through the keyboard, the CD/DVD, the hard drive, the screen, heatsink and CPU to look at the fan? In what universe does this make sense? I could replace the motherboard easier than getting to the fan. And also, the heatsink scares me. Okay, few things in a laptop terrify me, but the thing that keeps it from blowing up on my lap rates pretty fucking high on my do-not-fuck-with list, and remember, I was trying to disassemble a CRT TV without caring about x-rays, mmkay?

Have ordered a fan-cooled notebook pad/tray/thingie to help with the heating issue. I do not like spikes that are ten degrees below boiling water. It's just--I cannot figure out why it's suddenly doing this. I've overheated it before, but it took a lot of work to do that and some heavy CPU usage (again, system restore did fix a lot of that).

Curious--has anyone done a laptop CPU replacement? Is this an Elder God situation from which I will not return from sane mumbling about non-Euclidean geometry or just highly stressful and scary? Because I seriously seriously want to try that now. Don't ask; I just read something about it and got really inspired.

That's Worrisome

It just hit me my primary relationship right now is with my computer. Worse, I'm kind of happy with it.
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from the help_haiti community and also, fan control of the laptop

help_haiti has some numbers up.

And if all the pledges are kept and the sums donated, help_haiti will have raised nearly $115,000.00.

As of now, there are 40 pages of confirmed donations - the sum of the confirmed donations is $43142.82.

As of now, the total confirmed as donated from the Lightning Round is just about $7,000.

I wish I could remember how to do sparkly text myself here because holy shit. Did not see that coming at all. And so very awesome.

Randomly, For Those Who Read About My Fan Issue Earlier

The Targus cooling pad so far is working really well. I turned off internal fans until the temperature reached above 65 degrees and am running just the Targus pad with its two fans, and temperature is seated at 58 degrees C for the CPU.

For linzeestyle, screenshots of the program I use and of Speedfan's interface and temperatures. For anyone with heating issues with their laptops, or hell, a level of geekiness associated with those things, below are screenshots and links. To codicil the first site that specializes in Dell computers--the Inspiron 1520 fan can be controlled by the program, but there is no hardware sensor. I am honestly not sure what difference it makes, since I can override for both manual and automatic temperature controls on fan one. Also, I found out there's a second fan? That was odd.

For the second, there's a list of supported motherboards/hard drives/computers on the site.

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ETA: I haven't tested this on heavy CPU and long use, so I'll try to update with more specific statistics when I get the chance. I will say, the pad also fits neatly between one's knees when sitting cross-legged and gives fantastic support without third degree burns. Just saying.