I have a Gateway 450SX4 Notebook performing superbly, but whose memory cover gets (and stays) VERY hot approximately five minutes after bootup. The fan turns "on for approximately five seconds, turns "off" for approximately five minutes, and recycles. I have removed, thoroughly cleaned, and reinstalled the fan assembly, as well as thoroughly cleaned the CPU heatsink attached to the fan assembly, thoroughly cleaned the heatsink attached to the top of the CPU itself, and applied new Arctic Silver heatsink compound to CPU heatsink surface. I have also installed the latest available BIOS version (35.02.01) from the Gateway website.
I have seen ONCE somewhere on the web a Gateway BIOS version later than 35.02.01 specifically addressing this Notebook's overheating problem. Does anybody know if this BIOS version still exists and, if so, from where on the web I can download a copy?
Thank you all in advance for researching this issue for me.
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Re: Gateway 450SX4 Notebook Overheating Problem
The best thing for you to do is purchase a cooling base its a platform with fans in it to blow air through the laptop all the time. these are greast for the newer faster machines they tend to run hot. you will also love the difference it makes in performance
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Gateway support site for starters, and then Windows Update, and finally look up components in hardware/Device mgr. Go to the mfrs websites and download the most current ones for your hardware and operating system. If you have an Intel processor, Intel's site "Support" will scan and determine the newest Intel drivers for you. NVidia and AMD's ATI also have drivers. Realtek also provides them for their products.
I compared them, the on you have is a good laptop, the one you consider to by is not.
The one you have has on mobile prosessor 2,7ghz, the 450 has an pentium4, that will get that laptop warmer and it will consume mote electricity
The 7320 have 512mb ram and you can upgrade it to 1,5gb ram if you want. The 450 have 512mb ram and thats the maximum it can have.
The 7320 has an 15.4 in TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) screen. The 450 has 14.1 in TFT active matrix 1024 x 768 screen.
The 7320 has Intel Extreme Graphics 2 Shared video memory . The 450 has ATI Mobility Radeon M6-P 32.0 MB
In my opinion, the only thing thats better on the 450 is the videocard, and that just a little bit better.
So my advice is..DONT buy that 450, there are better laptops out there for a good price.
I hope the info i gave you helped
If you have further questions, just ask me and i will do my best to help you
Nowhere: Only HP and IBM and DeLL offer parts schematics for their laptops. But if you take a look at some of those,you'll have a really good idea how to work on your Gateway,because they're all very similar.
Does it do this when it's running on just the battery with no AC ,or does it only do it when running on ac adapter ? If it only behaves this way when using the ac adapter,then the ac adapter is bad.
Can you hear your fan running in your laptop ? If not, your processor may be overheating(which would also cause problems like this).
However,If it behaves this way when running only on battery,then I would think you need to replace one or more of your memory chips (DIMM'S).