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Thread: Laptop owners....Please Read!!!!!!

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    Laptop owners....Please Read!!!!!!

    I don’t know if this really happened…but I suppose it could so I am passing this on…and it could happen to anyone not just kids…so don’t fall asleep reading this email if you are in bed…
    GOOD INFORMATION EVERYONE WITH A LAP TOP NEEDS TO KNOW!

    IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LAPTOP YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES. THEN MAYBE THEY KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES!


    Please take the time to read this!

    Very important!!!


    Tell your sons/daughters about it.



    Arun came home and had lunch with his dad and then his dad left for work. He decided to take a nap while waiting for his mom to come home from work.

    Neighbors called 911 when they saw black smoke coming out of the house. Arun died in the three year-old house. It took several days of investigation to find out the cause of the fire. It was determined that the fire was caused by the laptop in the son’s bed. When a laptop is on the bed the cooling fan does not get the air it needs to cool the computer and it overheats. That is what caused the fire.

    Note: The bedding blocks the air intake vent below the cpu fan. When the laptop is placed on a flat surface i.e. on desk/table, there is a gap between the desk surface and the base of the laptop casing which allows air to flow/suck in through the air intake vent by the cpu fan to cool the cpu.





    He did not even wake up to get out of the bed. He died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.



    The reason I'm writing this to all of you is that I know many people use their laptops in bed. I've even seen folks place a pillow on their lap and then place their laptop on top of that for comfort. This will definitely cause the computer to overheat.



    Let us all decide and make it a practice not to do that. The risk is very real. Let us make it a rule not to use a laptop in bed or put a computer on a bed with

    flammable blankets and pillows around.

    Forward this message & you may save others!!
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    Thanks so much for the information. Happy quilting
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    It will cause a harddrive to crash if it overheats and usually the computer dies and cuts off before it will catch on fire. I think whatever it was laying on had a low flash point. Make sure you kids don't leave a turned on laptop on top of their beds or on paper.
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    And because both DH and I use our laptops regularly for long periods of time, we are getting cooling fans for laptops. Don't know how this would work on the bed.
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    Thanks for this important info "Ditter". My husband and I both have a laptop board that we use with our computers. I must confess when we first got our first laptop I use to use it in bed on Sunday mornings. Never gave a thought that it might overheat and catch fire. Scary.

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    I use a small white wire shelf to set my laptop on. Mine gets plenty of air flow on my lap that way.
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    The fire was determined not to be caused by the laptop nor the cell phone. What BelloBo said about the hardrive crash is complety right, and it can wear your fan out faster. My brother owns his own computer repair shop..he said the same thing.. they all will over heat and crash first.
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    I did not know that they could cause severe house fires but I did know that they could overheat when left on while laying on a bed. I preach this to my grandchildren all the time.
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    My laptop gets hot as hades...really have to wonder whey they didn't run the vents off the top somewhere.
    Good safety tip...thanks.

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    My DH was always yelling at me to keep the air vent clear. So I started using a lap board- micro-bead pillow on one side and a board on the other. Works really nice. Then he bought a lapboard thing with a fan in it and built in speakers so the audio is higher. Now that one is really cool!
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    I use a laptop all the time because I cannot sit comfortably at a desk. I purchased a child's craft and eating tray that has built in containers on each side that serve as legs. This solid surface always keeps the airvents open and my laptop cool. The containers serve to hold items that I use often handy to my reach. I use the cup container to hold pens, pencils, markers, etc. one rectangular unit I keep filled with scrap papers for notes about links and websites I want to visit, names of patterns, etc. The larger rectangular unit I keep my mouse, glasses, napkins, cell phone, and other handy things in. This works so well for me because it also keeps the laptop off my lap and legs when the fibro is acting up and having such things on my body is painful. The tray also raises the laptop to the perfect typing level for me. Mine has Disney princesses on it, but they don't show with the laptop on it. These trays usually sell for around $6. I think. I wouldn't be without mine!
    I keep a TV tray beside my chair and the tray fits perfectly across it with the legs hanging down on either side so it can't slide off. That is where it sits when I am not using it.
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    I have a cooling fan that I use with my laptop and it works great. I don't need to put a pillow or anything else underneath it. They are not expensive so worth the price.

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    Thank you for reminding, i do not do this, because i had heard this before, but i will remind my grandson
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    laptop cooling

    Another problem that might cause problems with computer towers that should be checked before calling the repair geek is shutting down after a short time of use. Our large computer was shutting down constantly and my husband, who is a jack of all trades, took the cover off to see what might be causing this. He found dust inside the fan area, causing the fan to shut off. We cleaned it up, put the cover back on and it works like a champ. We saved ourselves a hefty repair bill! Hope this might help someone out there.
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    My other laptop started turning itself off, and was very hot when it did it. After I thought about it for a while, I had my son get out the vacuum cleaner and completely suck out every last speck of dust we could get from the vents and the fan area. Then, I made sure I used the laptop propped up, so that the bottom was not sitting flat, blocking the vents and fan. No more problem with shutting down and overheating. You would be amazed at the amount of dirt these things can suck up. DO NOT USE CANNED AIR. It just forces the dirt further in. I was just noticing I really need to vacuuum the keyboard of this one, lol.

    Btw, I still use both laptops.
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    Thanks for the info, mine sits on a lap top table always. Never hurts to be reminded again to continue using it.
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    All my kids do this. Especially my son with the older laptop has problems and needs to be careful. Thank you for reminding us to be safe. I will discuss it with my kids. Teh alrger laptops tend to be prone to over heating too. I always use mine on a hard surface and DH uses special little coasters under his laptop that is both older and large.
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    I have a metal "table" the exact size of my laptop, and it sets on a slant. Built into the table is a fan, and the fan gets it's power by beinging plugged into a USB port on my computer! It was very inexpensive! I have a 6 month old laptop that gets so hot I am afraid to sit it on the counter without the metal table. As hot as the counter gets I can only imagine what it could do to a sheet! Thanks for the info Ditter! You may have saved a life!
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    NEVER put the power supply on your bed, your couch, under blankets, etc. Found out the hard way how quickly the power supply heats up. Luckily, no fire, but my fingers felt burned when took it from between the couch cushions!

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    This is why it should be set to shut off with a short time of inactivity. I also turn mine upside down when I lie it down; anyplace. It does get hot.
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    This makes me nervous thinking about college dorms.

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    I killed a laptop by leaving it on a bed in a hotel room while I ran out for 15 minutes to get dinner. It was an HP and it over-heated to the point of death in that short time

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    Thank you for the article. I would think that those with laptops in bed would turn off before sleeping. I do it every night. Therefor the fan need not be running to cool the laptop.
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    One woman, who is on one of my quilting groups (I don't remember which one), mentioned that she had a laptop related fire on her bed. I don't recall whether it was related to the laptop itself, the power supply, an extension cord or something else. No one was hurt in this particular fire.

    Some laptops run inherently hotter than other brands. For example, I had a 17" Toshiba that ran so hot that I could not use it directly on my lap. When I replaced that laptop, the heat issue was one of my top priorities -- I now have a 17" Macbook Pro which runs much cooler. Yes, I paid quite a bit more for the Mac than the Toshiba, but for me the Mac is more usable.
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