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Old 09-05-11, 01:11 PM
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New laptop question: this normal?

Just snagged this lappy on a deal for $399. For an i5 seemed like a good steal:
http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/ca...dCode=WW&=&=&=

However, I got it home and noticed that the fan kept coming on and off, I'd every time I changed webpages. Then it seemed to be every 30-45 seconds. If I opened a program up and down came the fan. Opened solitaire...up and down came the fan.

It didn't seem right to me (none of my other laptops had done that before) so I took it back and exchanged it. The second one does the same thing and, to boot, it is producing this strange clicking sound. Somebody on another forum wrote of the sound: "The clicking noise is most likely due to hard drive head parking. This happens to most of WD Scorpio drives. You can search for quiethdd and use this to change the aam and apm to prevent head parking after every few seconds."

Another wrote this was all normal: "It's all normal, is this your 1st laptop? If so Relax & congrats on purchasing an awesome Laptop at a LOW cost. We upgraded from the dual core to the i5 four core & between the two the new i5 runs stone cold in comparison to the dual core which runs almost to hot to touch, the difference is the new i5 has a FAN to keep things running cool & it goes on & off all the time keeping everything cool, very Normal., somthing will be very wrong with your laptop if ths FAN is not running To save your battery the FAN duration & speed will be in flux.Dont worry about the HD as u have a warranty but you can stress your new HD by installing a Stress Test Like Prime95 or many others like it that put your HD or laptop through Stress tests to get them to Fail now rather than later."

Just doesn't seem normal to me.

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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

Depends on the heat flow inside the laptop
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

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Depends on the heat flow inside the laptop
Is there a way to check without opening it up?
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

Find a program that monitors CPU temperature, like this one.
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Old 09-05-11, 02:03 PM
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian View Post
Is there a way to check without opening it up?
Some laptops are engineered to le the hot air escape efficiently. Some not.

I have a lenovo i5 that is mostly quiet. I've had a c2d that sounded like a jet engine most of the time. HP is usually the worst. Even the expensive envy laptops have heat issues.
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

So, would this also account for the clicking sound?
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

If it has an nvidia video card, try to install the latest driver. I remember some folks with Dell XPS has the same problem. It was the nvidia driver that was the root cause if the laptop is not running too hot.
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian View Post
So, would this also account for the clicking sound?
Hard drive is failing, poor power management based upon firmware/hardware, issues from going to sleep or waking up, issues with the drive staying idle, etc.; there could honestly be numerous occurrences to what keeps the hard drive from properly functioning.
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

You ever wonder why it was so cheap? Probably a reason the maker was trying to get rid of them! Never know, but I am often afraid to buy the lowest price things in the store!
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Re: New laptop question: this normal?

model from link:
Acer 15.6" Laptop, 2.93 GHz Intel Core i5-480M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD (AS5742-6639)
I had an older Toshiba laptop that had a fan that would always spin loudly if the CPU use was high, often during flash video playback. I'm surprised there are laptops that still act like this with all the supposed advances of graphics.

I know you said this happens with other programs, but maybe update flash player to the latest and maybe its hardware acceleration has to be enabled.
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