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seems as tho i might need something like this as my 4-yr old Toshiba laptop is shutting down when sitting flat on a placemat on a table or even on my lap.
Any suggestions on a computer place in downtown Toronto that is reliable in terms of servicing my laptop?
 

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Laptop heatsinks are usually massive beasts with the best design possible. This is more for something that doesn't normally have a heatsink.
If your laptop is overheating on a hard surface, check that the fans arent clogged with dust (can of air to blow them out) or try putting it up 1/2" from the tabletop using small blocks or something on the corners.
 

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Some Toshibas are notorious for clogging up and overheating. I fixed a friend's the other day but just blowing compressed air was not enough: blow the air in through the side inlets, while simultaneously using a vacuum cleaner on the fan grills.
 

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Some Toshibas are notorious for clogging up and overheating. I fixed a friend's the other day but just blowing compressed air was not enough: blow the air in through the side inlets, while simultaneously using a vacuum cleaner on the fan grills.
Yes Toshiba's filtering systme is non existent therefore dust clogs-up inside. If your laptop is on warranty, I suggest you drop by your local shop for them to physically OPEN the laptop for cleaning wich should solve the problem. My sister had recurring/worsening problem of laptop shutting down on its own because of heat. She was very fortunat Toshiba's warranty was out by only a couple days but Toshiba fixed the problem at no cost anyway. Once your laptop has been cleaned, I would suggest you use one of those cheap USB fan pads underneath your laptop in order to keep it working for a LONG time free of heat problems.
 

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thanks for all the responses....getting it cleaned shortly and trying to use it while on something to allow to air. Kinda ridiculous considering what should be normal use.
 
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