Toshiba Laptop Overheats when playing a game

July 5, 2009 at 22:21:03
Specs: Windows Vista 32 bit

I have a Toshiba A200/A205. The problem is when i play a game, it gets really hot and after an 1-2 hours, its gets so hot that it automatically shuts off. When i smell the latop, it smells like something is about to fry or get burnt(CPU?) I usually have to put a fan to it but it is still extremely hot. This started to occur when i upgraded my ram from 2 sticks of 1GB Stock Ram to 4GB of purchased ram. I also tried leaving in 1 stick of 1GB ram and 1 2GB stick. Still over heats. When i change it back to the two stock sticks, there is no problem with overheating. Unfortunately, i have tons of programs running in memory so i need to have at least the 3Gigs so that i don't have lag when opening and running programs.

I also upgraded my hard drive to a 320 7200 RPM hard drive and placed my old 160GB HD in the secondary harddrive bay. This just compounds the problem.

I've tried a large laptop cooler with 3 fans but that didn't do any good.

I have to use a cheap deskfan and aim it so that the air has to pass underneath the laptop but the fan is very noisy. This isn't practical for when i want to take my laptop with me when i'm going out.

Is there another solution besides keeping fans on it.

I bought this laptop to do everything including playing a game but it is so frustrating and am considering casting off laptops for good. Maybe a Good Gaming Desktop and a netbook for portability would solve this problem for good.

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July 6, 2009 at 01:03:18

Well you can decide on that later if you can't fix this problem first. See if bringing it to a technician for cleaning can help you to fix the problem.

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July 7, 2009 at 13:08:39

I saw an external laptop cooler that attached to the vent of a laptop. Are those any good?

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July 8, 2009 at 00:14:10

Well it can help but you must know that this will not totally solve the problem. Because it might still accumulate more dust on the laptop's hardware which will make the problem more worst. So I still stick to what I have said and get it cleaned on services center. I'm telling you that it'll benefit you instead of ending up on buying a new laptop.

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