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Old 06-16-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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Recommended laptop cooler for a Toshiba Satelite?

hi. i want to order a laptop cooler off of newegg for my Toshiba Satelite 1905-S303. i've read the customer reviews but the rating system is a little misleading because some of the ones that have a few eggs are because two people submitted reviews and one was good and one was bad. I did read one and they said the fan casings were metal so it was good for heavier laptops because i guess on some that are plastic the heavier laptops can bend down on them. This laptop is pretty heavy so i'd have to make sure to get a durable one. Also i don't know what measurement they use to determine what size you should get. Cuz some of the reviews were saying they wish they had models for 17". Im guessing they mean screen size? Mine is 15" inch and the width is a little over a foot. Im also confused because a lot are powered by usb. I recently got a Ipod shuffle and it said to charge it you had to have usb 2.0. So does anything dealing with getting power through a usb port require usb 2.0? My laptop is usb 1.1 so im worried that would be an issue. Also some come with driver cds - im assuming those are for the usb ports maybe? Is driver support for laptop coolers an issue in linux? i wouldn't want to get one with a lot of usb slots if it ended up i couldn't use them. So can anyone recommend me a laptop cooler that won't buckle under a heavy Satelite? Thanks for any replies in advance.
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Why not turn on the fan in your laptop?

echo "force_on:1" > /proc/acpi/toshiba/fan
Old 06-18-2006, 01:38 PM   #3
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it is on all the time. I don't think it is enough tho. I dunno i bought it off my friend and he had windows on it and he never had overheating problems. I can't compile a program without it getting too hot and shutting off.
Old 06-18-2006, 06:45 PM   #4
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For laptops there are three places you should check:
Linux on Laptops
TuxMobil HCL

Searching those links produced only one usable result, but that one is gold for your lappy.

NewEgg has a good policy of allowing returns (at least for me), though sometimes you'll lose money because of shipping and restocking fees. If you have a qualified, reliable, local dealer (BestBuy != either) you can probably get some good advice and the appropriate product.

NB: Most people are only going to know about Windoze, so don't get into an "ACPI technical discussion" unless you first learn they actually run Linux, and can compile a kernel for any hardware. Otherwise, you might as well speak Chinese to them.

Also, ACPI does not work well in the Linux kernel (up to and including with a lot of hardware. This is the voice of experience -- I build and repair computers. It hasn't worked on at least 4 Asus boards, a number of different laptops, and I have a Sony VIAO laptop which burned up in 2003 due to overheating while running Linux.

You might have found this site which tells of the Omnibook kernel module:

Before doing all this, however, I'd get the latest Linux kernel and give it a try -- 2.6.17 stable just came out today, and you might note that there is going to be continued support for 2.6.16 -- which I presume will be kept in, but don't know for sure.

I have a Toshiba Satellite A65-126S, and ACPI in the Linux kernel hasn't worked properly, nor been anywhere near fully supported, up to and including Before I flashed my BIOS, if I rebooted (with any option) the laptop would shutdown but then hang without shutting off the power. Since I flashed the BIOS, it will shutdown, and NOT reboot, no matter which reboot option you give it. Before anyone suggests it's the hardware, I'll tell them that ACPI is fully functional in Windoze.

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