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Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

Is there any harm in operating an upside down laptop? It provides the most airflow. I only ask because my previous laptop ran extremely hot. It hot enough to damage the LCD screen when it was closed, and also cracked my school desk. I also suspect it fried the wireless card early on, and later the motherboard.

The good thing is that my new one runs much cooler. I've been performing a Handbrake test for the last hour and the CPU hasn't exceeded 65*C (And that was after I forgot to take it off my bed where the blankets were covering the vents).




Mr. Pedantic

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#2 8 years ago

Not to my knowledge, no. I'm sure people run their laptops in all sorts of weird and creative orientations. As long as you don't put in a place where it might fall or where the weight would damage a component (for example, putting the weight onto the screen) then I can't see any problems with it.




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#3 8 years ago

I think the common theme is just to not block the vents on the notebook. I also think you can buy notebook pads/mats to keep them cool. Or you could sit the notebook on an Esky ;)




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#4 8 years ago

My main concern was if it posed any risk to hard drive. My previous laptop completely failed about a week after I began keeping it upside down, though I suspect that was merely a coincidence.




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#5 8 years ago

Hard drives will be fine in whatever way you put them as long as you aren't moving the drive around while using it.




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#6 8 years ago

How are you going to hold it upside down and use it at the same time??




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#7 8 years ago

I wouldn't actually be using it while it was upside down. More if I was leaving it for a long period of time to do something really CPU intensive. Even then I don't think it will be necessary. This one runs much more coolly.




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#8 8 years ago
Ensign Riles;5311826My main concern was if it posed any risk to hard drive. My previous laptop completely failed about a week after I began keeping it upside down, though I suspect that was merely a coincidence.

Pure, unadulterated coincidence. Not only will hard drives operate in any orientation you choose, as has been noted, they're also remarkably resilient when it comes to rough handling.

You'll be fine, using your laptop whilst hanging around upside down ;)




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#9 8 years ago
You'll be fine, using your laptop whilst hanging around upside down

I wonder what position they call that. That's some weird kinky Kama-Sutra for geeks right there...




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#10 8 years ago

Which may also help, though it's a bit of an obvious tip: Cleaning the computer (laptop), removing dust and such. Depending on how clean or dirty you and your surroundings are quite a bit of dust and dirt may collect under the keyboard, vents etc. So get a screwdriver, remove the various panels with care and remove the dust.