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Laptops and Cats June 3, 2014

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Cooling Fan, LCD.
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In an earlier post I mentioned my unfortunate encounter fixing a friends desktop computer. He had two cats in his apartment, I was allergic and there was a lot of cat hair inside the desktop. Today I thought I would discuss cats and laptops.

Like many pets, cats love warmth so they naturally gravitate toward laptops which generate heat through the CPU and memory. Laptops can get very hot when they are left on. Often, when the laptop is left unsupervised, cats will sit on the keyboard causing the laptop to overheat.

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Also, cat hair can get inside and clog the heatsink preventing more hot air from getting out. If you have turned off your laptop and closed it your cat can still sit on the lid and break the screen. I recommend when you are done using your laptop you store it away out of your pets reach.

If you have questions about other pet related computer issues, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find laptop parts available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

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HP Cooling Fan Mislabeled December 19, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Compaq, Cooling Fan, HP.
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A few years back, Compaq released a line of CQ models of Presario, CQ50, CQ60 and CQ70, the HP equivalent being the G50, G60 and G70. They were pretty good laptops. My wife’s CQ60 is hanging by a thread, but she can’t part with it. One problem with these models was that the fan went out on them. This is easily replaceable, but, after a little while, people started telling me I shipped them the wrong one. Until I realized, HP was mislabeling the fans. There is supposed to be one fan for AMD CPUs and one for Intel CPUs. There is even a third rare version that goes inside an assembly.
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I have marked mine by screw hole count, so you can tell the difference. This does not include the screw hole not visible on the back side though. I recommend you pull it out and confirm which version you have first so you do not risk receiving the wrong one.

If you have other questions about this model or other Compaq/HP models, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find other parts for this and other Compaq/HP models available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Help, My Laptop Is Overheating! December 13, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Cooling Fan.
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A part of the laptop that people overlook most often is laptop cooling. Laptop overheating affects the CPU, the motherboard and the keyboard and all can go bad as a result. One of the more common mistakes is placing a laptop flat on a bed. This prevents the heat from getting out because on many models, the vent is on the bottom of the laptop. Another hazard is pet hair. A little hair can really clog up the heatsink grill and prevent the heat from escaping.

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If you feel your laptop is stating to get too hot, I recommend you remove the fan from the heatsink and clear the caked on dirt and hair. Sometimes it can get completely clogged and overburden the fan. You may also hear your fan getting louder. This means that the ball bearings in the fan start to go bad and it will need to be replaced. Do not try to keep using your laptop when it is too hot, you will destroy the CPU after a short time. If you must use it, I recommend that you use a USB cooling pad to suck out some of the excess heat. In extreme cases, I recommend you put a towel over an ice pack and let the ice cool down the laptop without letting it get wet.

If you have any other questions about cooling fans, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find fans for many laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber