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Gateway P6860fx Shutdown

Hi, I ve just bought a Gateway p6860fx Laptop from bestbuy but, in two days it shut itself down 3 times while I was playing 3d games or using 3dmark2006. First, it seemed obvious that the problem is overheating, however even though I am perfectly sure that no air inlet/outlet is blocked (the last time it happened the laptop was upside down) it still happens. Moreover, I frequently check the temperature of the unit with my hand (any suggestions for more reliable ways to do that?) and the temp at the times that it shuts itself down is not significantly higher than regular operating temperature. My old laptop, used to overheat a lot but still work, but this one is way more cooler than my old laptop even at the time it shuts itself down.

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  • orfelu Jan 16, 2009

    my laptop P6860FX make the shutdown when it's hot and your performance is bad... i dont know why... sometimes the videogames are slowly and stop...
    its chip of video Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS also put so hot and the air too...
    I dont know what I can do it




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For what its worth I have the same laptop..bought it from best buy as you did.I play a lot of 3d games..I play Crysis for hours at a time as well as F.E.A.R. and have never had a shut down problem.I would suggest taking it back to best buy.The only thing I have found to be a problem with this laptop is that its a 64 bit operating system.I have Vista 32 bit on my other computer and have never had a problem..the 64 bit has given me driver problems on a few programs that I use to use.I'm actually thinking of doing a fresh install and put in vista 32 bit.Haven't decided yet..still searching for more info on the 2 systems.
Anyway..I'd take it back.
PS..the fan is working isn't it?

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What you need to is Down Grade to windows xp 64 bit. This is what the system was really designed for trust me i bought mine back in april. and after 2 months of dealing with best buys idiots who know nothing other then commission on what they sell and some pakistani guy telling you that you voided something and it worked when they sold it to you. i Delved heavily into the mod scene to see what i could to do with my 1,300$ paper weight. After much searching and forum scouring i got all the drivers i needed to get back to xp 64 bit. right now my system only consumes 342 mbs of ram. i have the graphics card overclocked to 1084mhz using 177.66 forceware drivers from nvidia. i have absolutely no issues playing any games be it halo 2. crysis. age of conan. and my personal favorites the half lifes. i eat through games like its butter and online play no lag whatsoever on good servers. only issues for me is i am a 3d artist and have a couple of speed issues with renders inside of maya 2008 64 bit and zbrush. small stuff like plane clipping and overlay of desktop showing through when fully maximized. believe it or not thats it. i dont give a **** what people tell you about the sagers and the alienwares. My p6860fx scores around 12356 on 3dmarks06 but that program is just a reference for the uber dorks who hook up like car radiators to theyre computers trying to get a number that means nothing. its all about your jaggies thats it. the reason your laptop runs hot is because Vista is retarded and doesnt know how to manage anything even its self. if you look at your processes most of them are vista pinging microsoft trying to fix it self and it takes priority from you the user since microsoft is trying to get more feedback for sp2. ok hope this helps someone

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You have a high performance graphics chip in your system -
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTS with 512MB of GDDR3 discrete video memory,

It will definitely heat up if you are making it do heavy work like 3D games.

Every laptop design solves the heat problem differently - due to placement of the components, and heat generation. Higher performance components usually generate more - also based on type of technology.

Try a good cooler fan (not cheap) that can be placed under your laptop.

This problem also happens on desktops if the video card and case is not cooled adequately.

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