I bought an Apple PowerBook a few years ago. I wanted a computer
a little faster with a lot less problems. The the operating system
which was installed when I had purchased it was Apples latest
OS X 10.3.9. The cpu worked like a charm and it was fast. I would
say at least sixteen times faster than my last computer. It came
with an ATI 9700 with a 64 Megs Video card. Far more than the
8 Megs of video found in the last computer. A large 80 gig hard
drive would take me at least a year to fill with just applications.
A super CD and DVD burner and player. I had a mobile editing
multi media studio right in my hands.
A couple of weeks ago Apple had released
a software update to iTunes. So I upgraded to what ever Apple
was offering since it was free. Oops Apple forgot to tell computers
users who are using an older operating system not to upload this
software. Apple had released OSx 10.4 Tiger. I find if your computer
and software are working on your present OS why upgrade. In Apples
OSX operating system the user is recommended to go into the disk
utility and occasionally repair disk permissions. After upgrading
to iTune disk permissions in OSX 10.3.9 was next to impossible
with out fudging around with iTunes and I did not want to do
I bought Apples latest operating software
developed in part for their latest step towards Intel. Their
mistake cost me money to upgrade, new anti virus software and
countless other programs that used this level of operating system.
I did find a benefit by upgrading to the
new operating system. Apple had created something called a widget
and ran in a program called Dash board. These are small applications
which serve usually one purpose and float on your desktop. For
example one that came with the operating system is a calender.
In the calender is the month (3 ) Date ( 5 ) and the Day ( Sunday
). You can find many more of these widgets on Apples Web site.
While looking around I found a widget
that reads the CPU Temperature sensors. It was free so I installed
it to my application folder. Was I surprised when I read a temperature
of 104 degrees F degrees or 40 C (which it reads both) and climbing.
I was in the basement of a house and the room was cold enough
to make my hands cold. I started researching the internet to
find out what my computers operating temperature normally is.
I read many message boards where other users were asking the
same questions. The general answer is that CPUs run hot. To this
day manufactures have been looking for newer materials to include
when designing CPU chip sets. The new Intel Core Duo maybe that
answer we the consumer have been waiting for. In the mean time
what do we do to keep our laptops and towers cooler. I saw a
Toshiba lap top computer with two fans mounted on the base. Compared
to the PowerBook G4 with no visual fans, the Toshiba looks big,
balky and heavy. There was a fan over the video card, and the
CPU- a good idea. The Apple G4 mounts a fan under each speaker
grill, both are designed to turn on when temperatures reach 50
Toshiba and other computer name brands
Toshiba and other computer name brands, also suffer from mega
heated CPU. Many manufactures try to deal with this issue by
using fans. Towers and other desk tops suffer from this problem
as well. Towers have more space and can use more fans to reduce
heat. A friend once told me that he had a faulty fan on a CPU
486. The CPU completely melted itself in a very short time.
1. If your computer is acting stranger
than normal, and the computer is hot. Place the computer in sleep
mode, in some laptop fans will continue to run until a set temperature
is reached. If there were no fans operating during the situation,
turn off the computer and bring it in for service.
most computer stores you can buy fan plates which sit under the
laptop computer. Some come with two fixed fans which receive
their power by connecting to a USB port.
the amount of time the computer is on. Set sleep time to come
on sooner. For example turn sleep time on after ten minutes of
inactivity. When the computer is in sleep mode there is little
or no CPU activity. Temperature go down considerably.
laptops allow for users to select a manual processing power.
You can set the CPU to full processing power all the time or
a reduced processing level of power. For example a CPU running
normally at 1.5 GHz can be set to a reduced processing level
of 1.3 GHz. Which reduces out putted heat. Normally by default
most computer are set to automatic, where the application being
used or how many applications are on at the same time determines
the maximum processing power.
in a cooler location.
6. Go camping
and use your laptop as an expensive heater.
7. Do nothing
and you might be lucky enough to have your computer last between
one to five years. Maybe less?