should I bring my Laptop to LAN?

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  1. raand

    raand New Member

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    So I have just recently bought a Laptop and I have always had desktops. My Laptop is much more powerful than my desktop, and there lies my dilemma. I am going to a large lan and I was thinking I would bring my laptop with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have gamed on my laptop many times, but I think max it has been on for like 8 hours straight and it does get pretty warm. I do not know much about laptops and extended use, but do you think it will be able to handle a day and night of lan gaming? or is this just a bad idea?

    My laptop is a XPS M1530 with:
    2 gigs of RAM
    2.6 GHz intel core 2 duo
    Geforce 8600 GT

    Not sure what other information would be needed
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    It'll be fine. If you're really worried, buy some modular pop-up feet from CyberGuys.com and use them to hold up the back of the laptop so it can breathe better.
     
  3. dorkultra

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    you could buy a laptop cooler for it, although people debate whether they actually help or not
     
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    dell? 8 hours straight? I'll call the fire dept and get em ready.
     
  5. deusexaethera

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  6. raand

    raand New Member

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    lol, well the upside is the battery I have in it props it up, I thought it would be ok just wanted to get a second opinion
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    probably a good idea to keep the laptop open, some laptops vent through the keyboard
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    True. And really, he could just use the built-in screen anyway, even if he brings an external KB and mouse.
     
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    I'm assuming your going to have it plugged in the whole time. I would remove the battery as well.
     
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    my laptop gets very warm as well, and the simple and cheap cooler made by targus works great, it moves jsut enough air it cant stagnate, and provides cool air at the vents. chekc em out, not perfect, but for extended runtime, i have had good luck.

    (mines been on for multiple weeks while playing such as C&C tiberium wars :dunno: )
     
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    zanyspy_dude King of teh n00bz

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    WHen i had a desktop replacement that was the best thing to cool it down.
     
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    you should leave the batt in because most laptops use it to regulate voltage (most dc rectifiers have a non-linear voltage output, so the battery "stabalizes" the voltage)
     
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    Interesting, I never heard that.
     
  14. raand

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    I will have to look into those coolers and I am still probably going to use the external monitor just because it is 22 inches :)
     
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    i suggest leaving the lid open on the laptop for heat issues, it will vent much better without that extra half inch to add as an insulator, BUT disable your LCD on the lid to save some energy (ie. heat) and just run it all through your external
     
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    BTW, I have a two-fan Notebook cooler. From SMART reportings in the program HD Sentinel, I've noticed a 20 degree F difference with the fans on the lowest setting compared to the laptop on the cooler with the fans off. Increasing fan speed has a minimal effect.
     
  17. raand

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    great tips I think i will try running the laptop without the screen on to see if this will decrease heat. Thanks again for these tips.
     
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    Dude my latop has been on since auust 14th of 2007 .. no probs here.. HP DV9540us
     
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    And what happens when this cannot occur?
     
  20. aim2kill

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    bad things.

    no seriously, under normal US 'clean' AC current it is not a problem, however, here in Kuwait, the generator power i run off of is subject to load brown outs and voltage spikes. you tell me what YOU think that will do to sensative PC components.:ugh:
     
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    Depends on what rectifier is used. A typical half-wave rectifier is what is used in the vast majority of consumer transformers, and the power is VERY shitty coming out of it:

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    A battery helps normalize the voltage to something more stable.

    Even in the so-called "high-end" rectifiers, a battery is still a neccessity, imo...

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Boogieman117

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    I'm guessing you have some sort of regulator from APC for your laptop, amirite?
     

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