Laptop fan keeps running

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Laptop fan keeps running
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Tue, 02-01-2005 - 2:44pm

I decided to remove this subject from my other post since its not related to the original topic.


I have a Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop that recently (within the last 10 days or so) I've noticed that the fan seems to be running all the time.  A couple of times it (the computer) has frozen up on me (noticed the fan isn't running then!).  The LT is not kept on all the time.


Per someone's suggestion (sorry, can't remember -- webbee? perhaps) I looked at the task manager -- the only thing using a lot of CPU usage is the SYSTEM IDLE PROCESS .... ???  Other things come and go but that seems to be the biggest user -- hovering anywhere in the 90-80, but sometimes dropping down to 30s.  Not sure exactly what that does or doesn't do.


The AV software is not even in the top 5 listed -- it's usually the SIP, taskmgr.exe, iexplore.exe, explorer.exe (and that was 1 just a second ago when I looked!).


Ok, suggestions? 


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 02-02-2005 - 6:48pm

I am not sure what is going on but I just looked at my taskmanager and when I open it the usage drops down to about 5% and my idle process is at 20k. And I have OE, IE open and Zone Alarm and Norton.


Do you have Windows 98?


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Registered: 04-30-2003
Wed, 02-02-2005 - 7:56pm

(pardon the cap)


I have Windows XP Home.


Have you ever heard of "CPUCooL the CooL CPU Program"??

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 02-02-2005 - 8:03pm

You have just discovered one of the ugly little secrets about laptops... Overheating.


The most important thing you can do is make sure you have PLENTY of space around, behind, under your notebook for ventilation.

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Registered: 04-30-2003
Wed, 02-02-2005 - 8:19pm

Hi Donna!


Actually I have a 'laptopdesk' already.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 02-03-2005 - 9:17am

Hey Janet ....

Sorta semi-related question -- how do I find out the make/model of the motherboard???

here's the original config info when it was created.

Quantity Parts # Part Description

1 2043E COVER, PLASTIC, HINGE, RIGHT, 15.0, I7000
1 2759C PLATE, METAL, CENTRAL PROCESSOR UNIT, NOTEBOOK, I7000
1 3759C ASSEMBLY, FAN, 25MMX25MM, 5V, 0.3W, I7K
1 6157D PROCESSOR MODULE, PDA333, 333M, 256KI, ACCELERATED GRAPHICS PORT, A0
1 6171R ASSEMBLY, BATTERY, MAIN, 74W, LITHIUM ION, I7X
1 6833C KEYBOARD, 87, UNITED STATES, NOTEBOOK, I7000
1 7919C DOOR, PLASTIC, BOTTOM, VIDEO GRAPHICS ADAPTER, NOTEBOOK, I7000
1 8053E HEATSINK, DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, PROCESSOR MODULE, NOTEBOOK, I7000
1 1243C ADAPTER, ALTERNATING CURRENT, EXTERNAL, 19V, 70W, NOTEBOOK, I7000
1 3399D KIT, DOCUMENTATION, I7000, ENGLAND/ENGLISH
1 74632 CORD, POWER, 110V, 6F, AC ADPT, UNITED STATES
1 9823E KIT, CABLE, COAXIAL, TV OUT, I7K
1 5833E ASSEMBLY, BASE (ASSEMBLY OR GROUP), NOTEBOOK, I7000, 15, > ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR.
1 7243C CASE, CARRYING, NYLON, NOTEBOOK, UNIVERSAL
1 6513D DOCUMENTATION, SETUP, VIDEO, I7000
1 85263 DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 64, 66M, 8X64, 4K, 144
1 0923E KIT, CABLE, ADAPTER, MODEM, INTERNAL, I7000, UNITED STATES
1 8841E ASSEMBLY, MODEM, 56K, INTERNAL, I7000
1 1114P SUB-ASSEMBLY, DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE, 4X-FD, SANYO, CDRW/DVD
1 3171R CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, VIDEO GRAPHICS ADAPTER, 4M, ATI TECHNOLOGIES INC, SECOND, I7000
1 1174P HARD DRIVE, 4.8GB, I, 2.5" FORM FACTOR, 9.5MM, FJTSU-H11
1 2960E CONNECTOR, 2X22, INTERFACE, IDE (INTEGRATED DRIVE ELECTRONICS), HDD, I7000
1 6654P CARRIER, ASSEMBLY, W-FEET, MOUNTING, HARD DRIVE, I7000
1 6574P KIT, SOFTWARE, WORKS, STE99, JAVA, UNITED STATES, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR.
1 0482R KIT, SOFTWARE, CONNECT DIRECT, V4.0, UNITED STATES, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR.
1 8100P KIT, SOFTWARE, AMERICA ON LINE, 5.25" FORM FACTOR, CDW/OD, UNITED STATES, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR.
1 2727D KIT, SOFTWARE, MCFVS-4.02, 5.25" FORM FACTOR, UNITED STATES, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR.
1 8801T KIT, DOCUMENTATON ON FLOPPY DISK, WINDOWS 98, OSR1, NGLAND/ENGLISH







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Registered: 06-17-2003
Thu, 02-03-2005 - 2:56pm

This is an ongoing problem with many laptops around the world. I first saw this with IBM thinkpads and a single motherboard vendor. A poor quality capacitor caused a thyrister which is a type of temperature sensitive transistor that acts in a switching circuit that prematurely engauges the cooling fan. I know it sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo but it caused a lot of blank screen and pc freeze ups. The next models had better design specifications.

In your case I would not worry about it as long as the laptop was operating correctly. If its giving you performance issues then its time to be serviced by a qualified rep.

Ed

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Registered: 04-30-2003
Thu, 02-03-2005 - 3:20pm

I do have freeze-ups, but they're intermittent.


How does one identify the make/model of the motherboard?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 02-03-2005 - 10:10pm

Is this a "brand" notebook? (Dell, Gateway, Compaq, IBM, etc.)?

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Tue, 02-08-2005 - 9:02pm

Donna,

On your post here about the chill pads for laptops, do you personally recommend one or the other? I've been thinking about getting one for my DD and cant decide which kind to buy. Her laptop is 11 x 14 inch compaq and was wondering if the one with the fan would even fit? Or should I just use the podeum one. I like the idea of it being about to "tilt" to type, but wondered about the same price of all of them being $30 or so. Does one work better than the other?

If someone has one of these or would like to recommend something I would love to hear from you! She uses her laptop in her bedroom on a computer desk at this time.

Thanks for the information..........great board,too!

Marie