Is it a fire risk to leave laptop on?

Dell / INSPIRION
June 27, 2009 at 12:56:01
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb
Is it a fire risk to leave a laptop on permanently?
I heard the batteries sometimes can be, so what about if you remove the battery and leave it on 24/7 to let its programs run (I have some that would occasionally run 24/7)?

My laptop gets pretty hot sometimes underneath (Inspiron 9300)


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#1
June 27, 2009 at 16:14:33
Look into getting one of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
June 27, 2009 at 16:29:11
Aside from the recommended cooler ...

You can run the laptop 24/7 without any adverse effects as long as you maintain ventilation for proper airflow. Also remember to always keep the laptop on hard surface - avoid carpet, bed mattress etc.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
June 27, 2009 at 16:37:56
This laptop has always run very hot. When you pick it up and hold it on the bottom, presumably where the cpu is, it's almost unbearable to hold, very hot on hands. As it's a laptop, the clearance is very small. However, the fan rarely comes on into overdrive mode unless I am playing a game.

Is it a fire risk at all?

What about these: http://www.tekcomputersuk.com/therm...
?


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#4
June 27, 2009 at 18:00:55
This laptop has always run very hot. When you pick it up and hold it on the bottom, presumably where the cpu is, it's almost unbearable to hold, very hot on hands

Sounds like your laptop has no vent to dissipate the heat. Pull out the user manual and start cleaning the blocked vent.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
June 28, 2009 at 01:37:52
No, the vents are there, I can feel the fan blowing hot air out. It just gets ultra hot, always has.

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#6
June 28, 2009 at 14:09:53
I have a friend with a similar model who always uses his laptop at home and so leaves the battery out to run off the mains. He was concerned about over-charging the battery, and was advised in the store to take it out until he might need to us it. His gets warm underneath, but not as warm as yours seems to get.

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#7
June 28, 2009 at 14:32:19
It's never had any problems but I'm guessing it's not very good.
The underneath ventilation on laptops is poor anyway.
Think this will work?
What about these: http://www.tekcomputersuk.com/therm...

In the reviews I read it said it only rfeduced temperature by 5-10 degrees. Doesn't seem like much.


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#8
June 28, 2009 at 14:52:05
I'm doing quite a lot on it at present but no games.
CPU temp: 54 degrees c 124 F
GPU temp 68C 154F

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#9
June 28, 2009 at 16:30:43
after gaming it gets to
CPU 51
GPU 85

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#10
June 29, 2009 at 21:07:38
Definitely get a laptop cooler. I just got one for mine (Gear Head brand), and while the laptop used to run too hot to touch before, it barely gets warm now. The difference is substantial. If you use a laptop with one of these, then I can't see any fire risk.

WinSimple Software
CompTIA A+ Certified


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#11
July 4, 2009 at 02:12:21
Right, I have got myself one of those laptop coolers.
The bottom of the laptop is noticeably cooler so much so that when you touched it before you couldn't hold your hand there for long, now you could.
However, the heat coming out of the back, presumably where it is supposed to is still fairly warm though I can keep my fingers there without damage (I'm guessing this is where the GPU is back right of lappy. The left side vent has some heat coming out of it but not as much)
The Everest temperature readings have not changed at all though. CPU is still 50. GPU 65+

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