Chris Thistlethwaite via plug on 21 Apr 2020 13:50:25 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] very large laptop

For laptops I've gone with, if it burns your legs, it's too hot. Though I have had my Windows lappie wake up in my bag and get hot to the touch, but it was still running. I think getting something hot enough to damage itself means that it's hot enough to damage you. Most CPUs I've run crazy hot for extended periods of time were fine and continued to work for many months/years without issue. Pretty much comes down to how much fault tolerance you build into your machines. I've run some Xeon L5640s at 180F, which made my office nice and toasty.


On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 4:25 PM Fred Stluka via plug <> wrote:

That sounds REALLY hot.  Got me wondering...

How hot can a laptop get before it's permanently damaged?

I've had the outside case of my MacBook Pro get warm enough
that I wouldn't want it on my lap for long without a lap desk.
Nowhere near hot enough to actually burn me though.
I have no idea how hot it got inside.

I've also left running (sleeping, hopefully) Windows laptops
in sealed neoprene covers inside a backpack in a car sitting
in the sun.  Bad idea?

What's a reasonable max external temp?  Any metrics to offer?

Fred Stluka
Bristle Software, Inc.              #DontBeATrump #SadLittleDonny


On 4/15/20 10:50 AM, Keith C. Perry via plug wrote:
> +10 on this...
> I have an old HP DV7 17" lappie that used to be my primary and when I go pull it out, I'm immediately reminded that this unit really can't operate without a cooling plate.  The one I have in the bag with it and is either broken or I have to make a new power cable but that said, worse case scenario I only use it on a flat surface where I can elevate the back and make sure nothing is near the fan exhaust.
> Just to give you an idea of how hot is gets...  you would NOT even be able to hold your hand 4" away from the exhaust for more than 20 seconds.
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> From: "Fred Stluka via plug" <>
> To: "jeff" <>
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> Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:57:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [PLUG] very large laptop
> Jeff,
> Have you considered an inexpensive cooling pad to sit it on?  Like
> a thick mouse pad, but big enough for the entire laptop to sit on.
> Blows air up at the bottom of the laptop.  Worked wonders for an
> old 17-inch HP laptop my wife had years ago.  The laptop was
> built cheap, I think, with no attention to heat.  Had a non-laptop
> CPU or something even.  Always overheated.  The pad solved it.
> Might still be lying around here somewhere, though I suspect its
> long gone.  See:
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> On 4/14/20 7:18 PM, jeff via plug wrote:
>> thanks for the schoolin'
>> On 4/14/20 7:12 PM, Soren Harward wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 6:35 PM jeff via plug
>>> < <>> wrote:
>>>      So I'm looking for a replacement for a desktop replacement.
>>>      Important parts: 17" display, 16RAM, number pad, backlit kbd
>>> would be
>>>      nice, linux-friendly, under 1k would be great-used is fine
>>> A 17" display with 16GB RAM, but under $1k, pretty much narrows it
>>> down to one of HP's laptops that uses a low-end AMD processor.  You
>>> may be able to find a Dell at that price.
>>> But right now is not the time to be looking for a new laptop. There's
>>> huge demand as companies are expanding their telework, so you'll
>>> likely encounter high prices or long shipping delays.
>>> --
>>> Soren Harward
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