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shinesprite

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@darkfenrir I actually did know that Compaq was made by HP (and Gateway is made by Acer). Regardless of brand (yes, even Apple), computers will break down and customers will become dissatisfied.

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darkfenrir

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@shinesprite

That's true. But then, Apples are also known as a good computer manufacturer (my sister has hers for 4-5 years and it's working fine, and hers never overheats like mine.

True, true. But I would love it if I don't need to repair this thing or bringing it to maintenance every 6 months or so...

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SCAR392

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Try this:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/why-is-my-cpu-runn...

If it's an hardware problem, it could be a number of things, but this would be the first thing to try.
Also, building a computer isn't that hard like many have already said. It really depends on what kind of computer/laptop you want to build and what your budget is.
I don't think buying a computer from a retailer is a bad idea either, but again, it really depends on what you use it for. Sometimes it's cheaper one way or the other.

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darkfenrir

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Well, after keeping the fan to have better access to blow outside (and having an external fan and a fan blowing outside), the temperature is better and the CPU Usage seems to fall following the temp.

@SCAR392 And just like I said, in above post, I can't be sure on what's the price nor whether there'll all gadgets around my city. That's the damdenest thing, South-East Asia (and not living in capital city, and unless you live in Singapore)... it really sucks to find anything (from good books, electronics (we get everything late and the good ones are always out of stock whee >>;; ), games, good and free wi-fi, the list just goes on and on)

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SCAR392

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If it's hardware, try this:
http://lifehacker.com/5570909/how-to-prevent-your-computer-fr...
Some of it's pretty obvious(like keeping away from fire), but this is all I'd be able to think of besides overactive/demanding programs.

EDIT: You're only chance might be opening it and doing a repair yourself(if it needs it), unless you're willing to pay for a repair.

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darkfenrir

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And the highest one I see is the Idle System Processor, which the description is saying how much time the processor has an idle time (which I think is going to proportionate with how many programs and tabs I'm putting on the background)

And thank you for the links. :) I definitely need some of them anyway

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Lan

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Do you have any programs running in the background? And first thing's first, clean out those fans. Unplug everything, including the battery, take off the rear cover, and blow it out with some air duster. Don't be afraid, unless you do it in the shower you won't have any problems. Never pay for something as simple as cleaning a laptop. Also, download CCleaner and run that. It'll clean up everything and help your computer run smoother.

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darkfenrir

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@Lan I just remembered now, we tried to open the rear cover and the problem is, the screw that is securing it just refuse to get up. :|

And I already have a CCleaner, it's only that I never used it. =w=" I'll use it now, thanks.

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SCAR392

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@Lan I just remembered now, we tried to open the rear cover and the problem is, the screw that is securing it just refuse to get up. :|

And I already have a CCleaner, it's only that I never used it. =w=" I'll use it now, thanks.

Make sure that you can find a way to hold whichever component that is in place. Loose parts is always bad.

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Lan

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Is the screw stripped? It's always good to clean a computer every now and then, find a way to get it off. And don't buy a Macbook unless you're one of those people who think Beats and flat billed caps are the greatest thing ever. Very overpriced. Same with Alienware. Building a PC is the easiest thing ever and much cheaper than buying one.

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SCAR392 wrote:

darkfenrir wrote:

@Lan I just remembered now, we tried to open the rear cover and the problem is, the screw that is securing it just refuse to get up. :|

And I already have a CCleaner, it's only that I never used it. =w=" I'll use it now, thanks.

Make sure that you can find a way to hold whichever component that is in place. Loose parts is always bad.

The rear cover on my laptop hasn't had screws in it in over a year, never posed a problem

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32. Posted:

@Lan and @SCAR392

I have tried to open the rear cover before, there's 4 screws and they all just don't want to raise up further than the point of which they are on the same height as the rear cover, and so I can't pry them off.

And the price I paid for cleaning it before is around US$ 5, give or take.

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Lan wrote:

SCAR392 wrote:

darkfenrir wrote:

@Lan I just remembered now, we tried to open the rear cover and the problem is, the screw that is securing it just refuse to get up. :|

And I already have a CCleaner, it's only that I never used it. =w=" I'll use it now, thanks.

Make sure that you can find a way to hold whichever component that is in place. Loose parts is always bad.

The rear cover on my laptop hasn't had screws in it in over a year, never posed a problem

I've read loose parts as a main cause for some problems. It never hurts to ensure the integrity and fastening of the laptop components(especially in a laptop).

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SCAR392

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Has anyone ever driven a car that didn't have the engine fastened inside? That's the best comparison I can come up with that describes how important 'keeping things together' can be.

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Has anyone ever driven a car that didn't have the engine fastened inside? That's the best comparison I can come up with that describes how important 'keeping things together' can be.

Engines are mechanical. The only mechanical parts in computers are HDDs and fans. That's a terrible comparison. A rear cover is just a piece of plastic or metal

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Lan wrote:

SCAR392 wrote:

Has anyone ever driven a car that didn't have the engine fastened inside? That's the best comparison I can come up with that describes how important 'keeping things together' can be.

Engines are mechanical. The only mechanical parts in computers are HDDs and fans. That's a terrible comparison. A rear cover is just a piece of plastic or metal

This goes for other parts of the computer is what I meant, and it depends on how the parts are held inside for whether it matters or not. I thought he said a screw was loose on the inside. That's why I brought it up.
If it's something hardware related, he's going to have to open it up or pay for a repair.
Building a new laptop isn't that far off from repairing it, in terms of assembly(assuming you can pinpoint the problem). If only one part is broken, I don't see why you would have to entirely replace the computer.

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Tasuki

37. Posted:

To be honest building a laptop is pointless. Laptops aren't meant to be upgraded they are more for convenience. If you are building a computer you are going to want to go with a desktop.

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SCAR392

38. Posted:

Tasuki wrote:

To be honest building a laptop is pointless. Laptops aren't meant to be upgraded they are more for convenience. If you are building a computer you are going to want to go with a desktop.

Meh. It really depends on what you want from a computer.
I could buy a ToughTablet case on eBay, and convert it into a stronger PC/table hybrid thing than it was at retail. I don't have money for it really, and nor do I really want to, but I know how to.

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Yeah, and laptop parts aren't easily available. Sure, you can go on Ebay and Frankenstein together random parts and hope it fits inside whatever enclosure you have, but it's gonna cost a ton and perform like poo. Just build a desktop. Tons of fun. And super easy. And you can put cool lights in it and build it specifically for your needs

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I spent around $700 to build my desktop, works very well. Intel core i5, radeon HD 7850, 16 gb of ram and a 2tb drive along with the other stuff. It was really a DIY kit from Newegg, just had to assemble it myself which was rather easy.

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