3 hours on the train, laptop too hot for lap

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  1. mysteryman

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    I know they aren't called laptops any longer and rather notebook PCs, however, I spend 3 hours per day commuting on train. I need to remain productive so I use my laptop on my lap with my Verizon Wireless Aircard for connectivity. My laptop gets so hot and with the warmer weather its becoming unbearable to continue to work, especially in the afternoon on the way home.

    I have been keeping my PC on the maximize battery settings so it uses less CPU, etc -- if I kept it on the high I would be in worse shape. I also keep a few legal pads between the laptop and my lap but that doesn't seem to help as the heat transfers right through. Any suggestions on what I can do? Not that it probably makes a difference but I am using a Lenovo T61/Z61t.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Zak8022

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    Just a shot in the dark... but have you checked to make sure the grill/area around the fans are clean and clear of dust? I have a t61p and it never really gets too hot to handle. Personally, I know that sometimes the way i hold the laptop on my lap, my knee partially covers the left side vent, which heats up my leg reaaal quick.

    Maybe check out some fan monitors to make sure things aren't really running too hot internally? Speedfan is usually pretty good, i think.
     
  3. Peyomp

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    I've had a couple, but the best under-laptop thing I've had is a Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand. It hooks to USB on your notebook to drive the fan, which keeps your balls cool. They're cheap.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    Quit watching teh porno on the train.
     
  5. michael grabtree

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    my t61 gets hot but not too hot to handle...

    just as hot as any other laptop
     
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    Yup -- clean & clear. I am going to try Speedfan on the commute home.


    I just requested someone order me one. I am going to give that a try before switching to a different laptop model. My worry is the battery being run down if it has a fan powered by USB.
     
  8. Peyomp

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    I don't think it draws much power - and they do have fanless aluminum ones.
     
  9. mysteryman

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    Interesting in that it doesn't have a fan and is shown to block so much heat. I don't know what my work will order for me but if what they order doesn't work, I may give this a try.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    go to newegg and find any laptop cooler. if you're worried about it draining your battery, get something like this...
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8222
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3060
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4822
    to power it

    or you could buy a cooler and ust not turn it on (trust me, still helps A LOT b/c it'll raise your laptop off the cooler about 1cm or so, which allows enough air to circulate underneath it and more air to get through the vents)
     
  12. aim2kill

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    my targus pad barely effects my laptop when on battery power, its a stead low volt dc, not a big drain
     
  13. AbortionSurvivor

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    Where's the intake for the fan on the T61?
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    It might not have one. Lots of lappies now just suck air through the gaps in the chassis.
     
  15. Jay487

    Jay487 What's Life If You Ain't Enjoyin' It?

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    get like one of those lunch trays you get at mcdonalds or something to put it on... heat shouldnt transfer so much that its unbearable and it should keep vents clear to allow it to cool easier
     

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