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Dead Laptop

by Steve Deal on August 7, 2012

Everybody wants a hot laptop, right?

Well, probably what you want is a laptop that’s a ‘hot rod’, and not just hot.   This one started dying after about 30 minutes of operation – mostly by the screen just going blank or technicolor.

It can be caused by a failing fan.  Sometimes heat is just years of accumulated dust, and you can blow it out and it’s back to normal.  But especially on older machines, the heat has already taken its toll, and components are actually damaged.    This one actually finished dying as we put it on the bench to pull the data off (we took it apart and got the data anyway).

You’ve probably already noticed that the battery on a laptop gets warm when it’s active.  That’s normal (unfortunately for our laps!).

You should be wary of any laptop or PC that works fine initially, but starts acting erratically after being on for a while.   Do an immediate backup and then get it checked out.

Oh, and if all else fails, remember that laptops can be an integral part of your home decor.

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