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    h3o
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    powerbook getting pretty hot
    I just got my powerbook the other day, all my computers in the past have been desktops so this is my first laptop. After using it for about a half hour, the bottom gets pretty hotů is this normal? I can't imagine how hot it would get if I kept it on and used it for 8 hours. The area that gets the hottest is toward the back center near the hinge. The battery itself stays fairly cool.

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    They do get pretty hot...Not to the point of burning but they get hot enough that you can really heat up your whole body if you keep it on your lap
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    Fomer
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    Are you charging and using the battery if so, then yeah it'll get hot enough to cook an egg.

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    h3o
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    ahh... so that was it then... I was charging and using the batt at the same time. I'm using it now on just the batt and I've had it on for an hour and it's nowhere near how hot it was yesterday. It is barely even warm now.

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    8 hours is nothing. Try leaving it on 24/7 like me.

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    h3o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absolute Zero
    8 hours is nothing. Try leaving it on 24/7 like me.
    Well, being in Antarctica, you probably never have issues with your powerbook overheating! :p


    seriously though, is it okay to leave the powerbook on for 12 hours while plugged in?

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    Yeah, it's safe. I always leave my PowerBook on, and I know others who do too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h3o
    Well, being in Antarctica, you probably never have issues with your powerbook overheating! :p


    seriously though, is it okay to leave the powerbook on for 12 hours while plugged in?
    I just checked the uptime on my powerbook and its at 6 days now (had to restart with the security update)

    When I am at my desk I remove my battery and just use AC....I will pop in the battery and use it til its close to empty a couple times a week and charge it over night and take it out in the morning.

    i still get around 4 hours a charge on it
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    h3o
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    I just checked out some of these "notebook coolers", has anyone used any of these before? such as the antec fan powered cooler.

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    i use these square flashing drink ice cubes made by bacardi to keep my powerbook elevated about half an inch off the desk..it keeps a nice flow of air below and always keeps my powerbook operating at a cool temp.

    Just wait till the G5 powerbooks come out...imagine how hot they will operate at !

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    I like it, it keeps my hands warm.

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    I have a 15" titanium powerbook and i seem to experience the same problem. even when i use it only with the battery, it gets pretty hot. is that normal with the titanium model? :confused:

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    Yes, it does, I have a Ti PowerBook also. At times it seem to get very warm to the touch.
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    my powerbook stays pretty cool the first few hours of use... but after a while it begins to get warm... not uncomfortably warm though...

    when i'm using the laptop if i remove the battery and have it plugged in... does that extend the battery life or something vs just leaving the battery in?

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    I wish I could tell you which would extend the battery life. I don't know. My wife's iBook is always plugged in, whereas I am running 50/50. I have two batteries and she has one. We are using the original battery that came with the systems when we bought them in 2001.
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