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I second giving the laptop a good clean out, but I'd recommend using a hoover with (i.e.) a small brush attachment, rather than compressed air

Whilst compressed air is fine for desktop PC's - where the can can be manipulated, and the dust blown out of the system, you'd be blowing a lot of the dust into the interior of a laptop, which could make matters a whole lot worse instead of better



do you or anyone reading know anything about notebook coolers? is it worth investing in one? would it help my problem?


A good laptop cooler would help lower your temperatures.  But to what extent is another matter?

I've heard of coolers such as the Zalman ZM-NC2000 and the NZXT Cryo LX drop the temperatures on some laptops by as much as 10°c

But those are two of the most expensive coolers available.  The Cryo LX is probably the most expensive! 

So you'd expect them to be good - and they are.


But can you please clarify what temperature is reading 65 - 70°c?  Is it your CPU or graphics card?

If it's your CPU, you have reason to be concerned, because 65 - 70°c is about twice as hot as the CPU in my XPS M1730 runs at under normal load (each core is currently each sitting at 34°c)!

And if it is your CPU temperature, I reckon there must be something wrong with the cooling system, because there's no way it would reach such high temperatures, if everything was working properly?


If it's the typical temperature of your graphics card however, whilst it's above what it should be (my cards are currently sitting at 52°c), it's not something to be particularly concerned about.


Finally, what is your ambient room temperature like - i.e what is the typical room temparature where you use the laptop?

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


XPS M1730:

Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Integrated 2MP Webcam
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

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