Any recommendations for powered notebook coolers?

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I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.25Mhz that runs hot. The touchpad is
frequently hot to the touch and I am looking to cool the system down.
I use a Targus Podium Coolpad which does a fractional job.

Can anyone recommend one of the powered notebook coolers?
How noisy are they?

Peter
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    On Sun, 29 May 2005 20:24:44 GMT, Peter Booth
    <pbooth@nocoincidences.com> wrote:

    >I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.25Mhz that runs hot. The touchpad is
    >frequently hot to the touch and I am looking to cool the system down.
    >I use a Targus Podium Coolpad which does a fractional job.
    >
    >Can anyone recommend one of the powered notebook coolers?
    >How noisy are they?


    I don't own a PB, but I can't believe Apple, Steve Jobs, who insisted
    to his engineeers NO FAN for the first MAC, makes such a hot product,
    must be something wrong here.

    Stock fans are annoying enough, I recommend talking to other owners
    first see if this is normal before going with the ugly option.
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    "bobb" <None@NoWhere.com> wrote in message
    news:3pak919std605on0n4g7g46e7p09u6lc1a@4ax.com...
    >
    > I don't own a PB, but I can't believe Apple, Steve Jobs, who insisted
    > to his engineeers NO FAN for the first MAC, makes such a hot product,
    > must be something wrong here.
    >
    Most of today's laptops run hot and I think PBs are far from being the
    worst. And this is probably only going to get worse. Thing is lots of people
    buy the most powerful machines to run Word and Excel and browse the web. My
    solution is buying older refurbished systems which are cooler, quieter, let
    alone far cheaper.
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    On Sun, 29 May 2005 23:16:50 +0200, "Lucar" <lucar@gazeta.pl> wrote:

    >"bobb" <None@NoWhere.com> wrote in message
    >news:3pak919std605on0n4g7g46e7p09u6lc1a@4ax.com...
    >>
    >> I don't own a PB, but I can't believe Apple, Steve Jobs, who insisted
    >> to his engineeers NO FAN for the first MAC, makes such a hot product,
    >> must be something wrong here.

    >Most of today's laptops run hot and I think PBs are far from being the
    >worst. And this is probably only going to get worse. Thing is lots of people
    >buy the most powerful machines to run Word and Excel and browse the web. My
    >solution is buying older refurbished systems which are cooler, quieter, let
    >alone far cheaper.


    This is a general true statement, however, I can't accept that from
    Apple. Apple does thing like no PC and clones people do.

    Even with PC and clones, u can find cool notebooks if one knows that's
    why he wants, rather than the fastest&cheapest which is what most
    first time buyers are attracted to.
  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Peter Booth wrote:
    > I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.25Mhz that runs hot. The touchpad is
    > frequently hot to the touch and I am looking to cool the system down.
    > I use a Targus Podium Coolpad which does a fractional job.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend one of the powered notebook coolers?
    > How noisy are they?
    >
    > Peter

    This might be due to the HD temperature and not the CPU, depending on
    the design. Dell at one time place HDs under the palmrest and made the
    units hot to the touch. If it is the HD, then a cooler will not help
    much, not that they help much in any event except to cool the under
    surface of the case.
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    I installed a the utililty Temparature Monitor and it showed
    battery 37C
    processor 55C
    processor bottomside 57.5C
    power supply 60.2C
    SMART Disk Toshiba MK8025G 40.0C

    So I guess it is a processor issue.

    Anyway question still holds: Any experiences of using powered notebook
    coolers?

    Quaoar wrote:
    > Peter Booth wrote:
    >
    >>I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.25Mhz that runs hot. The touchpad is
    >>frequently hot to the touch and I am looking to cool the system down.
    >>I use a Targus Podium Coolpad which does a fractional job.
    >>
    >>Can anyone recommend one of the powered notebook coolers?
    >>How noisy are they?
    >>
    >>Peter
    >
    >
    > This might be due to the HD temperature and not the CPU, depending on
    > the design. Dell at one time place HDs under the palmrest and made the
    > units hot to the touch. If it is the HD, then a cooler will not help
    > much, not that they help much in any event except to cool the under
    > surface of the case.
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Peter Booth wrote:
    > I installed a the utililty Temparature Monitor and it showed
    > battery 37C
    > processor 55C
    > processor bottomside 57.5C
    > power supply 60.2C
    > SMART Disk Toshiba MK8025G 40.0C
    >
    > So I guess it is a processor issue.
    >
    > Anyway question still holds: Any experiences of using powered notebook
    > coolers?
    >
    > Quaoar wrote:
    >> Peter Booth wrote:
    >>
    >>> I have a Powerbook G4 15" 1.25Mhz that runs hot. The touchpad is
    >>> frequently hot to the touch and I am looking to cool the system
    >>> down. I use a Targus Podium Coolpad which does a fractional job.
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone recommend one of the powered notebook coolers?
    >>> How noisy are they?
    >>>
    >>> Peter
    >>
    >>
    >> This might be due to the HD temperature and not the CPU, depending on
    >> the design. Dell at one time place HDs under the palmrest and made
    >> the units hot to the touch. If it is the HD, then a cooler will not
    >> help much, not that they help much in any event except to cool the
    >> under surface of the case.

    The issue, IMO, with laptop coolers is that the fans only send cool air
    to the bottom of the case. There is some small benefit to this, but
    almost nothing for the CPU and certainly nothing for the keyboard side
    of the case. Since the temperatures do not look "all that bad" to me,
    if it is hot on the palmrests, there are foam insulating pads that can
    insulate the contact area. I would look at the big mail order firms-
    mac connection, zipzoomfly, newegg, etc.

    Q
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    On Tue, 31 May 2005 03:38:12 GMT, Peter Booth
    <pbooth@nocoincidences.com> wrote:

    >Anyway question still holds: Any experiences of using powered notebook
    >coolers?


    Apparently nobody here use these things.
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    In article <soap911t7tcodthge9d4tkoivqrnccpugm@4ax.com>,
    None@NoWhere.com says...
    > On Tue, 31 May 2005 03:38:12 GMT, Peter Booth
    > <pbooth@nocoincidences.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Anyway question still holds: Any experiences of using powered notebook
    > >coolers?
    >
    >
    > Apparently nobody here use these things.
    >

    I've used them, two of them, both USB-powered.

    One was a cheap plastic thing < $20 that I was surprised to find had an
    open base, so you couldn't place it between the laptop and your lap
    without interfering with the fans. It was also noisy and died within a
    year.

    I replaced it with a nice looking black leather-encased one (<> $40?) I
    picked up at CompUSA last year, that is incredibly quiet (so quiet, I
    don't notice when it gets inadvertently switched off or unplugged until
    my keyboard starts feeling hot).

    Contrary to the way I thought these things would work, their purpose is
    not to blow cool air on the machine, but to draw the heat away from the
    machine and blow it away, so they do reduce the heat affecting
    keyboards, touchpads and the like.

    I'd recommend it, but make sure that it's something you can use as a lap
    pad.
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