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    Akira
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    Question 12" powerbook heat !help!
    I've heard about the powerboook reaching about 120 degrees. I wanted to know if anyone has ever used a cooling pad with there powerbook and how well it preformed? or the best one on the market? Also the name of the cooling pad or where you got it from?

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    i dont know where you have heard that information. I use a 15" powerbook and have not had a single problem with heat on it and have never even thought of using a cooling pad. just as long as you keep all the vents clear heat is not a problem. i dont know how many people on the boards use a 12" powerbook but i am sure there are a few but i think the stats that you got there are a little bogus

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    That's interesting. I obviously don't mean this as an attack on the PowerBooks, but I too was under the assumption that they ran rather hot, and I remember hearing owners comment on how it was occasionally uncomfortable on their laps because of the heat. I know my iBook gets somewhat warm, so I only assume that the G4 machines run hotter than that.
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    i have used mine on my lap for about 4 hours once and you do notice its heat but its nothing thats going to make you go "thats it i cant keep this on my lap anymore"

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    I got a 15in Powerbook and yes, it gets hot afterawhile, but not that bad. It will be great when winter sets in around here


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    I have a 15" powerbook and it definitely gets hot.. I have a lap desk and even if your laptop does not get hot.. i would recommend using a lap desk.. There have been studies, like the studies done for mobile phones and cancer.. same thing with laptops.. better safe then sorry is my opinion.. plus it does get pretty hot for sitting in my lap

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    guydm
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    Thumbs down 12" "Africa Hot"
    I installed "Temperature Monitor" version 1.31 in my first-generation 12" Powerbook (867MgHz, 640 RAM, Superdrive).

    Current temp: 127.9 Fahrenheit
    Average seems to be about 120-130 for normal office type apps.
    Video and graphics push it easily into the 140s
    Record was very close to 150 using the Fluid Effects Screensaver.

    This machine is nearly unusable, IMO. It will soon be replaced with a new 15" as I have to hold out hope that Apple has addressed the heat issue with it's newer models.

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    i have not measured the temperature of my powerbook. I know it does get very hot. As for not usable, I just don't place in my lap without pants on.

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    I'm just about to get one of the new range of g4 laptops, the low-end 12" combo. Has anyone bought this model? Is it ok on heat? An improvement of the older G4s pbs?

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    Angry 12" G4 Heat Issue
    I've had the 12" G4 for almost a year now. The heat issue became apparent soon after I bought it. So, I bought a podium pad to allow curculation underneath when I am working in my lap. While this protects my lap, it does not protect my wrists. The surface on which I rest my hands and wrists gets very warm after about an hour of use.

    I have contacted Apple several times a have gotten the run-around about this. The techs seem rather surprised that I am having this problem, although the message boards seem to support my assessment. It seems that Apple is coaching their techs to play dumb to the issue. This is behavior that I did not expect from Apple and am sorely disappointed in my decision to go back to the Mac after using PCs for the past several years.

    Apple should own-up to the problem and either come-up with a solution, or do something else to keep it's loyal following. This is a serious design flaw in the G4 12" that should have delayed its release until a solution was found.

    Now Apple's evasive tactics resemble those of MS.

    DO NOT BUY THE 12" G4 if you plan to use it for over an hour at a time without a seperate keyboard. If you must consider Apple, get the 15", from what I hear it is much better at disippationg heat. I'm now typing on neoprene pads that I cut from an old mouse pad and my wrists are still hot.

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    vicreoy
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    Oh man. I have a 12" powerbook and yea it does get warm, but not HOT! Think about how warm a normal desktop monitor gets when it is being used. Then think about how small these machines are and how much they do. I really don't think it is that big of a deal at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logos
    I'm just about to get one of the new range of g4 laptops, the low-end 12" combo. Has anyone bought this model? Is it ok on heat? An improvement of the older G4s pbs?
    My dad has that same model. It does get warm, but not hot at all unless he is doing major major video editing on it. Even then it doesn't get to the point where it is uncomfortable to use.

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    sugarkane
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    welll they dso get hot mine pulls up to 60 degrees C some times but it an't a problem, you got to remember they are pretty powerful for the size and a fast computer turns out a far bit o heat!!!
    the thing is cause they have a metal case the dissapate the heat better than a plastic case so the fact the out side is hot is cause it's getting rid of the heat better!!!
    i find the thing gets hotter with the power suppy in and when i use the double burning speed with my X101 firmware superdrive!!!
    but it an't a prob and the nu battery software has dropped the temp by 5 degrees C casue it fires up the fan sooner

    it's winter any ways in the usa so stop been *****'s ( i like my lap warmer in winter )


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    HeavyMetalG0d
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visibility
    I've had the 12" G4 for almost a year now. The heat issue became apparent soon after I bought it. So, I bought a podium pad to allow curculation underneath when I am working in my lap. While this protects my lap, it does not protect my wrists. The surface on which I rest my hands and wrists gets very warm after about an hour of use.

    I have contacted Apple several times a have gotten the run-around about this. The techs seem rather surprised that I am having this problem, although the message boards seem to support my assessment. It seems that Apple is coaching their techs to play dumb to the issue. This is behavior that I did not expect from Apple and am sorely disappointed in my decision to go back to the Mac after using PCs for the past several years.

    Apple should own-up to the problem and either come-up with a solution, or do something else to keep it's loyal following. This is a serious design flaw in the G4 12" that should have delayed its release until a solution was found.

    Now Apple's evasive tactics resemble those of MS.

    DO NOT BUY THE 12" G4 if you plan to use it for over an hour at a time without a seperate keyboard. If you must consider Apple, get the 15", from what I hear it is much better at disippationg heat. I'm now typing on neoprene pads that I cut from an old mouse pad and my wrists are still hot.


    stop whining. it doesnt get that hot.

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    Have a look at:

    http://www.applelinks.com/articles/2...13112053.shtml

    It may be that all you need to do to avoid the heat problem is to calibrate your battery by discharging it until your laptop shuts down, and then recharging it fully.

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