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    Hello all,

    I have an IBM Thinkpad R40 that is about 5 years old now. Recently, it started shutting itself down after about an hours worth of use due to overheating. I have two questions related to this:

    1) Would using the laptop in conjunction with a laptop cooler help?
    2) What is a good model / brand to purchase? I do not want to spend a large amount of money on one but don't want one I'll have to replace in a year or so.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Not a direct answer to your question but just checking: did you try to clean out the five years of dust you've accumulated from the fan intake? It might work miracles. I know cleaning just 2 years of cat hair from a desktop computer here made it run a LOT cooler (up to 10C on a hot day).
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    Originally Posted by lokisapocalypse
    Hello all,

    I have an IBM Thinkpad R40 that is about 5 years old now. Recently, it started shutting itself down after about an hours worth of use due to overheating. I have two questions related to this:

    1) Would using the laptop in conjunction with a laptop cooler help?
    2) What is a good model / brand to purchase? I do not want to spend a large amount of money on one but don't want one I'll have to replace in a year or so.

    Thanks in advance.
    1) It might, depending on what the problem is... Try medialint's suggestion if you already haven't.
    2) I have an Antec cooler for mine which I've been using for about 2 years so far and it's doing great. Definitely helped keep my computer from shutting off.
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    Hello all,

    I wanted to update the thread. I did in fact clean out the dust but that appeared to be only a temporary solution. I have two coolers in mind that fit my price range:

    DataStor
    Antec

    I'm currently leaning toward the DataStor one but would be curious to solicit the advice of those more knowledgeable than myself in these matters.
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    I've never used DataStor, but I have used Antec, and have been satisfied with them.

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