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Gateway 450ROG Heating Up, Fan Constantly On, Screen Distortions

My Gateway 450ROG is 4yrs old now. Extended 4-yr warranty just expired on 9/30/06. From nearly the beginning, this laptop would get warm, really warm. Had to replace those cushiony feet on the bottom of it several times.

Now the thing gets warm, as warm as it used to, and the sreen starts to do the shimmy, gets distorted, shaking, then freezes up. I have to use a paperclip to turn it off on the bottom. I let it totally cool, then it starts normally. Soon after, it starts the shimmy again.

I brought it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, paid $60 to have them check the hardware (only hard drive & memory--I didn't know memory was hardware) and they said it was ok. Concluded it must be a software problem, virus, etc. Funny the fan was listed on their form under hardware check, but it was not checked off at all.

Can you please help me? I can't afford to buy another laptop, & I really need this one. Realized my Gateway was running all the time (fan) and pretty load... My son told me to try to clean out the dust to see if it gets better. Oddly I can use it sitting over the A/C vent on our floor and the fan NEVER comes on and it is faster changing programs and all. Definitely a heat issue. I will try cleaning it with air and then if it is still too hot I will check into the cooling of the processor.

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  • acatnap Jan 26, 2009

    My problem isn't quite that bad. I have a cooling pad with 3 fans.
    The fans on the Gateway M675 are constantly coming on and noisy!
    Getting on my last nerve, especially when I'm trying to be quiet on a conference call. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner going off!
    I've looked at replacing the fans, but wouldn't that be throwing money away by putting the replacement part number fan just as noisy and the one I replaced???!

  • phplady Feb 20, 2009

    I have the same problems noisey noisey noisey fans that run all the time.


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Your son may have solved your problem. You will be amazed at how much dust can accumulate inside a laptop. I clean mine out at least once a week. The drop in temp is suprising! Please report back if that solved it.

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Please let me know how you make out. I hate seeing people get screwed.

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