Why is this something that takes a while to start happening? (for example, mine didn't start doing this on a regular basis until about a year after I had started using it) Does the "insulation" they use eventually break-down and stop working?
Also, why isn't Dell acknowleding this? The moderator here obviously sees all of these posts and the company HAS to know there's an issue? Why are they still replacing mother-boards and hard-drives and stuff like that? Isn't that more expensive then actually addressing the real issue?
Lastly... what, exactly, is "artic silver" and why does it help 'solve' the problem??
It's been a while since i arctic silvered up my cpu and gpu. Not had a crash from overheating since then :0
Only times it crashed when putting in an old usb device.
Wheeee. I wonder where my screw has nested itself.
Dell support is very poor . I work in a School District and have to call them ( for the 1000 Dell units we lease ) and it's relaly getting tiring talking to prople who either can't speen English or don't have a clue what they are doing.
Glad the Heat Sink Mod solved your problem. It would be nice if Dell would at least emial every SmartStep owner and at least point them to the web site.
The Travel Star http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/e7k60/e7k60.htm ) is the largest drive I've seen ( and it's 7200 RPM ) that will fit your system. They will come out with larger models and then they should also work in the Smartstep200 or 250.
This drive runs cooler ( and a whole olot faster ) than the original drive.
Make sure you do the CPU mod to your system. They Keyboard mod also helps to keep things much cooler than from the factory.
Why Dell hasn't discovered this yet is beyond me ( and most everyone else in the Dell world ).
Adding more memory ( http://www.crucial.com/ ) will also help quite a lot and will also not heat things up.
I was very supprised at the performace increase with both these additions and the mods to the CPU and Keyboard.