Question about Gateway MX3215 Notebook
Take a look at this link http://www.laptops-we-r.com/NEW%20WEB/images/M210.3000%20SERIES/MX3701%20HEATSINK%20B1425028G00001%20.JPG
That is the cooler for the 3414/3417 (which is the model I have). I was having a similar problem with heat, and since mine is way out of warranty, I became irritated enough to open it up and see if some silver thermal paste might do the trick. What i found amazed me. The bottom of the case has no ventilation at all for the processor fan! if you look at the bottom of the case there is a vertical opening next to the wireless access door. That is the only intake even close to the processor fan. I took the heatsink off the motherboard, lapped it and replaced the thermal pads with arctic silver 5. i also added a couple of very thin foam pads to the bottom of the hs fan to keep the 1/8" (or less) clearance between the bottom of the case and the fan opening from closing up if pressure was placed on it. Temp is idling at 41c to 43c, and the fan actually cycles on and off now. I am going to purchase a new bottom shell for the latop and mod it for better airflow. Once I finish it up ill post a guide to show how to open the case up and replace the thermal goo with a better product. Very poor design on gateways part.
Posted on May 06, 2009
Eteirk, I have the same computer wit hthe same problem. Can you tell me how to open the case up? You said you'd post a guide saying how to do this...
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
Get a can of compressed air turn off the laptop and blow the dust bunnies back through where the air exhausts out through the heat sink.In simple terms the fan blows air through the laptop and out. it picks up dust and gets plugged. you need to blow the dust back thru the oppisite way. once this is done it will run cool again. Have fun! turbotim53
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Most laptops will start to run hot if not used in properly ventilated conditions, by this I mean that the laptop is sitting on a smooth flat surface, which will allow the small fans installed in the laptop to run as they should.
If the laptop is being used directly on your lap or on a pillow, bed, or anything that will obstruct the airflow in or out of the small fans, it will get hot and either shut down or In worse cases just crash with costly fix-up/replacement cost afterward.
One way to keep this from happening is to use your laptop on a desk or small table. Another option is to purchase a laptop/notebook cooler like the one in the link bellow ( http://www.amazon.com/Antec-NOTEBOOK-COOLER-USB-Powered-Notebook/dp/B0000BVYTV/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1228098566&sr=8-1 ). You can usually find these for under $20, I got the one on the link for $11 as a Black Friday deal. Anyway this thing plugs into your USB port and pretty much creates an airflow that moves away hot air faster and brings in cool air faster to keep your laptop running smoothly.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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