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Quilted Fantasies
September 3rd, 2013, 08:00 PM
I have been watching a lot of quilting videos since I retired. Jenny, of course, and Leah Day are my favorites. Lately my computer has been stalling on me when I try to watch videos. It has gotten to the point where it is frustrating as all get out to even try to watch one.

Off to the computer store I go this morning...they have a "self-help desk" where you can fix your computer yourself, with the help of a techie (who basically does all the work for you) for $15. The trouble is, they can only take six at a time and they spend a lot of time with each customer. This is great when you're working with them, not so great when you're waiting.

I got there at 11:50 am and, sad to say, I didn't take anything with me to do while I was waiting. What was I thinking? There were only two people ahead of me and I decided to tough it out, even though they had been there since 10 am waiting. I got called back for my service at 3:10 pm. After they ran some checks, etc., they diagnosed the problem: my laptop was overheating. This was caused by two things: 1) I sit in my recliner with my laptop on my lap. 2) The vents were dusty. The good news is they didn't charge me $15. Great guys.

So, friends, keep your laptops on a flat surface and keep them vented. (And yes, I did know better. I just chose to not follow good advice.)

lourixe
September 3rd, 2013, 08:31 PM
My brother used to work as "techie" for a computer shop. He is an absolute computer geek. He told me once that 90% of the computer failures -including complite and definite breakups- came from overheating due to dust, not only for laptops but for any kind of computer. I learnt to open and clean the fan in mine. (Just the fan: I don't dare touch anything else).
So that you know how important it is: the room he kept his computers in (yes, he MUST have many) was the only one in his house he's ever used the vacuum cleaner in, and also the only priviledged one with air conditioning -on his dear machines' behalf.

bubba
September 3rd, 2013, 08:42 PM
I have a cooling table that sets on my lap for my laptop. It plus into a usb port and runs a fan on the bottom. If you live near a Costco, that is the best place to buy them. Run around $20. Target has them too.

New York Sue
September 3rd, 2013, 08:48 PM
I used to keep my older Dell atop a cooling rack so air could circulate under, and it really did help.....

Iris Girl
September 3rd, 2013, 08:55 PM
My son is my techie and builds are comps and designs our laptops. When I switched from desktop to laptop I got a coolbox and it sits on that summer or winter and it is blown out for dust 4 times a year.

Grandma G
September 3rd, 2013, 09:47 PM
I have a cooling table that sets on my lap for my laptop. It plus into a usb port and runs a fan on the bottom. If you live near a Costco, that is the best place to buy them. Run around $20. Target has them too.

I have a cooling table, too, and just love it. I had seen a story on the news about a fire that started because a teenager had his computer on his bed, fell asleep and woke up 6 hours later with his room filling with smoke and his bedding smoldering.

I bought the cooling table on the advice of my son who bails mom out of any computer problems she encounters. Thank goodness.

Doloris
September 3rd, 2013, 09:56 PM
my laptop has a built in fan and I try to always have the vents uncovered, but sometimes I hear the fan kick up on high and I know it is sitting on the vents and needs air.
Whenever I close it and lay it down, I always lay it upside down with battery showing so it can cool down if needed

MRoy
September 3rd, 2013, 10:50 PM
I use my laptop on my lap, but I'm careful to keep the vents clear. I also lay it upside down when it's on but not in use so that the vents are clear.

Quilted Fantasies
September 4th, 2013, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the tip; I went to Costco today and unfortunately they don't carry them anymore. Fortunately there is a Target just down the street and I found one there. I'm using it now.

I have a cooling table that sets on my lap for my laptop. It plus into a usb port and runs a fan on the bottom. If you live near a Costco, that is the best place to buy them. Run around $20. Target has them too.

Hulamoon
September 4th, 2013, 05:33 PM
Oh dear! I switched from a desk to a lap and the lap is always on my lap. lol

I'm going to have to read this over to see what I need to get. I'm tired of burn't out computers.

MillieS
September 4th, 2013, 06:25 PM
My laptop would get hot and shut off. I thought I needed a new fan..A friend opened the laptop up to see about replacing the fan and here all around the fan it was packed with dust and lint..He cleaned it out and it works fine..I had always opened my PC and vacuumed the dust out but had never tried taking my laptop apart..Might have to try it when it starts getting hot again.

easyquilts
September 4th, 2013, 06:33 PM
My oldest grandson, who is n college, works for the Best Buy Geek Squad. Since he is studying to be an IT specialist, he loves his work. And.... He got a huge discount on a USB cord for me (Hubby' dog chewed through it, for the second tme. They charge $18.00 for the cord, and he got it for two.... How's that for a markup?

Sorry you ad to wait.. But it was nce that you were not charged.... A ood thing.

PeggyM
September 4th, 2013, 06:59 PM
Since I got my iPad I barely touch my laptop. I can't be without the iPad now. My daughter just left here with the laptop because hers is under the weather; I'm not going to miss it (until it's time to do my taxes.)