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Gateway MT3708 laptop overheats and is choppy while playing video

\015 My main issue with this laptop is that recently it has started to run hot and the fan is constantly running. I've noticed that while playing video (online) it ends up becoming extremely choppy; just the video, not the audio. I've tried to update the video driver, but it appears that ATI doesn't have an update for this. It's a Radeon XPRESS 200M. I found hardwareheaven.com where they have a modder that will get the job done for the video driver, but while going through their steps (updating from Microsoft), my laptop always fails on the updates because it seems to freeze. This past week, I tried to run a virus scan in the case that I had a virus that was slowing me down, but my laptop froze and then shut off. I was able to run a scan in safemode, but I think that it was possible because not too much was running at that time.With the overheating issue, I will probably be taking the laptop apart this weekend to clean it out the best I can and may even purchase a laptop cooling pad to reduce some of the heat.I bought this laptop refurbished a couple of years ago and was not told (and was clueless) that the video card would not be upgradeable. I am also not the most experienced person when it comes to computers. If I were to upgrade the RAM, would that perhaps increase the performance with the video/upgrades/virus scans? If a cooling pad/good cleaning doesn't help, what is my next option? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. This is the most info about my system that I can give:-Gateway MT3708-1.73Ghz-958 RAM (1Gb?)-Vista 32-bit Home Premium OS-ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M -Intel Pentium dual-core\015

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Cooling pads and good cleaning helps in the short term. If your fan has already accumulated dust, you will not be able to reach in and remove the dust from the outside. The best solution is to have your laptop serviced then make sure it is free from dust during its normal operations
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I had those exact problems with my mt3708 as well, along with the battery only lasting for 2 years (after those 2 years I now get 20 minutes of battery life).\015\012
\015\012Upgrade to 2 gigs of ram (the max it allows), clean it out, and pray.\015\012
\015\012I just purchased a new Acer than I'm waiting for in the mail. I'm just going to keep my Gateway as a test machine.
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