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    My laptop seems to be running super hot. After less than an hour of usage the base becomes extremely hot to the touch. During boot I see some sort of an error saying "acpi halted due to..." but it goes too quick to read. Is there anyway I can review my startup info? I'm not sure if acpi has anything to do with it - but I just want to ensure I don't fry my laptop
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    My laptop has removable fans in the base, if yours has similar you could try taking them off and cleaning them - and, of course, making sure they're working properly. You could also gently clean out any vents on the sides or back of the laptop so air can move more freely through the case?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImNeat
    Is there anyway I can review my startup info?
    I am not familiar with Arch Linux, but you should have a boot log. Check '/var/log'...

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    uhm issue the 'dmesg' command to see your startup messages

    or, 'tail -100 /var/log/messages' and look through that.

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    Just checked out dmesg, everything looked to be alright. I guess this computer just runs hot.
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    My HP ze4900 runs about 140-150 *F at full throttle. Thats a celeron 1.3. That will give you an idea. I want to upgrade to a p4 to get voltage scaling along with freq scaling that may allow it to operate cooler.

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    My compaq laptop runs btw 550-60 dg C all the time, even if it's in freezing surroundings.

    I think I need to get some extra fans for it.
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    I converted mine to *C right and its running 63 *C which is 145* F Which is right about where mine runs all the time. I thought this originally was hot because my buddy on his gateway 1.6 p4 was getting below 120 (with scaling) but that is just how it runs.

    When I had windows on this machine originally (when I bought it) I think it did run cooler.

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    I've pretty much gotten used to the heat. It hasn't overheated or fried yet - so I guess that's a good sign lol. I generally don't keep it turned on for very long anyway. Maybe a few hours a day spread out. I just give it a nice
    shutdown -h now
    whenever I'm done playing. I suppose the heat is to be expected - the laptop is extremely tiny and has a thin medal chassis. It's no wonder I can feel every bit of heat. I'd still like to get the case off and clean around the fans when I get a chance. Just need to find that little screwdriver...
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