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Overheating problems I have a toshiba A30-203 laptop and the cooling fans are on all the time. I have to have a desktop fan blowing on the area where the cooling fans are so the unit doesn't overheat and shut down comletely Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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This is common with laptops if you use programs that use power. The notebook gets hot when the processor and hard drive are working hard. You are doing the right thing with the fan. They make coolers that go underneath the laptop that have fans for this reason. Check out this link.The link will explain everything. Never use your laptop on a flat surface. If you can find a cooler that is curved you are better off. Walmart has a good one. Also take everything apart that you can and blow it OUT. (Use a vacuum with a plastic hose if possible.)

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