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Gateway 450ROG Heating Up, Fan Constantly On, Screen Distortions

\015 Hi,\015\012My Gateway 450ROG is 4yrs old now. Extended 4-yr warranty just expired on 9/30/06. From nearly the beginning, this laptop would get warm, really warm. Had to replace those cushiony feet on the bottom of it several times.\015\012\015\012Now the thing gets warm, as warm as it used to, and the sreen starts to do the shimmy, gets distorted, shaking, then freezes up. I have to use a paperclip to turn it off on the bottom. I let it totally cool, then it starts normally. Soon after, it starts the shimmy again.\015\012\015\012I brought it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, paid $60 to have them check the hardware (only hard drive & memory--I didn't know memory was hardware) and they said it was ok. Concluded it must be a software problem, virus, etc. Funny the fan was listed on their form under hardware check, but it was not checked off at all.\015\012\015\012Can you please help me? I can't afford to buy another laptop, & I really need this one.\015\012\015\012Realized my Gateway was running all the time (fan) and pretty load... My son told me to try to clean out the dust to see if it gets better. Oddly I can use it sitting over the A/C vent on our floor and the fan NEVER comes on and it is faster changing programs and all. Definitely a heat issue. I will try cleaning it with air and then if it is still too hot I will check into the cooling of the processor. \015

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Your son may have solved your problem. You will be amazed at how much dust can accumulate inside a laptop. I clean mine out at least once a week. The drop in temp is suprising! Please report back if that solved it.
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