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My Compaq CQ-60 was never a very good laptop to begin with, but it's been plagued with heat and HDD problems especially. Last year the overheating got so bad that actually had to take it apart and remove a tightly-packed dustbunny from the fan. Being terrible with laptops, I messed something up badly during reassembly and had to take it to a professional to get it working again. After that, my HDD failed slowly- not a head crash. I replaced it with no real issue. Lately the machine's been overheating- not every time it runs like originally, but enough that it happens once or twice a day. I plan on replacing this thing in a while, so that's liveable.
The weird thing is, lately whenever I'm booting up after an overheat, the system will hang for a minute or two on a blinking cursor- then Windows will start up fine. I just came back from a hang that lasted much longer, 5+ minutes. Time to back everything up again, or is it just a side effect of slow heat death?
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Well, I would definately keep a backup very often, if you have/do anything on it that you want to keep. Other than that, it could be a lot of things with a laptop that has seen so many different problems. I would take the backup, then clean it again, like you did the first time, but maybe find the hardware maintenance manual and be more careful. No laptop should overheat, if the heatsing/fan aint blocked, pretty much.
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Aderlass
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I had a fairly detailed manual when I tried it. With this design you have to disassemble it pretty heavily to get to the fan (which is clogged), leaving a lot of things to go wrong. Will make a backup though, yeah.
EDIT: I've found a strange but reliable solution for this. I simply eject the optical drive, then pop it back in when it's booted.
Edited by Gunhead - 12/29/11 at 11:05pm
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