please forgive me for what i am sure will be a long post.
ever since i started using slack 10.1 on my compaq presario 1201t, it seems like my cooling fan never shuts off. this is especially true whenever i'm running something that uses graphics like my media player or gba emulator. it also happens when i have several programs running at once (browser, gaim, gimp, irc...).
the fan always seems to be running at top speed and, if it stays on for longer than...15 to 20 minutes, the laptop just shuts off without any warning. also the bottom of it is sometimes physically hot.
i thought blowing the dust off of my motherboard might help, but it still keeps happening. it's not hot anymore when i touch it, but the cooling fan keeps on going and it still keeps shutting down on me.
also, i always seem to have problems with anything heavy on graphics: avi files, flash toons, games, and even some screen savers. they all seem to run much much slower than they did when i was running windows. is there a problem with my operating system versus my graphics card? is there anything that i can do about that?
i admit that i don't completely have this operating system figured out. i've been running around the interweb for quite some time trying to fix all of these issues and a few more. i'm actually beginning to consider going back to win2000 as a last resort...
it's not that i don't like linux, but it just seems that it's not quite compatable with my laptop. i tried checking at linux-laptop.net, but i didn't see any known issues there. i realize that my computer's a little bit dated, so i didn't expect to find much info on it.
my answer might be try switching to slack 10.2, or fedora core, or some other linux distro, but i don't currently have access to a cd burner. or is an older distro a better idear?
i dunno...i guess i've run out of patience with this thing. please help.