[SLED] Beating the computer (over) heat, don't stay out of SL :-)

Oscar DeLong odelong at pulaskitech.edu
Thu Jul 10 09:42:46 PDT 2008


Lapdesks.  They are cheap and you can buy them almost anywhere.  I think ours at home came from Bed Bath and Beyond. 

 

Oscar

 

Oscar DeLong

Access Services/Reference Librarian

Ottenheimer Library

Pulaski Technical College

3000 West Scenic Drive

North Little Rock, AR 72118

(501) 812-2718

odelong at pulaskitech.edu

 

From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Marrapodi, Elisabeth
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:56 AM
To: SL Educators
Subject: RE: [SLED] Beating the computer (over) heat, don't stay out of SL :-)

 

how do you balance all this on your laps? 

 

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	-----Original Message-----
	From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of Oscar DeLong
	Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 11:56 AM
	To: jim.daugherty at gcmail.maricopa.edu; SL Educators
	Subject: RE: [SLED] Beating the computer (over) heat, don't stay out of SL :-)

	When at home if I use a laptop I put a deck of cards, a thin book, even my wallet under the backside so that the back raises about an inch or two.  Anything you can stick under the back side to prop the laptop up and allow for air ventilation will help.  The basic thought is if you set the laptop down on your lap or even on a desk there is very little air under the laptop so even if the fans work overtime they are simply circulating already heated air.  If you prop all or part of the laptop up so that it can circulate cool air to the fan it can keep the computer from overheating as easily.

	 

	Oscar

	 

	Oscar DeLong

	Access Services/Reference Librarian

	Ottenheimer Library

	Pulaski Technical College

	3000 West Scenic Drive

	North Little Rock, AR 72118

	(501) 812-2718

	odelong at pulaskitech.edu

	 

	From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Jim Daugherty
	Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:46 AM
	To: polygonsforever at yahoo.com; 'SL Educators'
	Subject: RE: [SLED] Beating the computer (over) heat, don't stay out of SL :-)

	 

	I had a programmer who used a fan belt from his old Volkswagen as his cooling pad for his laptop.

	 

	From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Jones
	Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 8:41 AM
	To: SL Educators
	Subject: [SLED] Beating the computer (over) heat, don't stay out of SL :-)

	 

Ridged cookie sheet, clever :-) Two pencils, laid paralellel to the sides, 1/2"-3/4" in from the edges (lifting your laptop 1/4" off the desk/table) also works as a cheap cooling system and protects the tops of good quality wood desks as well (if you happen to have such a thing :-)

 

PJ

--- On Thu, 7/10/08, Robin Ashford <robinmashford at gmail.com> wrote:

	From: Robin Ashford <robinmashford at gmail.com>
	Subject: Re: [SLED] If you can't stand the heat, stay out of Second Life
	To: "SL Educators" <educators at lists.secondlife.com>
	Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 11:05 AM

	Thanks for the these tips, Bob.  I recently took my MacBook Pro (2 yr. old machine) in to the Apple store because I couldn't get it to stop crashing in SL, and it was always unbelievably hot with the fan running most of the time while in SL.  
	
	When I picked it up they said they had to replace the Logicboard (fortunately I had Apple Care!). I have had very few problems since it was replaced and it's been over a month now. I'm in SL more than ever, so I'm encouraged. I do have my settings on Low or Mid, always have my laptop on the ridges of a cookie sheet (my makeshift cooling pad), and never run any other programs other than a browser while running SL. All those things help quite a bit. 
	
	-Robin Mochi / Ashford

	On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 7:25 AM, Bob Boufford <boufford at aict.ualberta.ca> wrote:

	Theodore,
	
	First time heard of SL of causing total loss of a motherboard due to overheating but suspect other folks have seen some similar failures but not realize it may be SL because the board fails later on. If you scan the SLED list, there are other related discussions concerning heating and laptops. Here's some things I recommend to faculty to avoid the heating issue:

	1.	Set SL Preferences->Graphics->Quality and Performance to "Recommended Settings" or even lower (Low or Mid) 
	2.	Avoid areas with lots of active scripts, particle streams or active textures 
	3.	Use the Avatar Rendering Cost tool 
	4.	Shutdown any other applications running in the background 
	5.	Invest in a cooling pad, even if you keep the laptop on a desk 
	6.	Look for laptops optimized for gaming or graphics and extensive cooling (example, Alienware) 

	
	I've noticed when using my MacBook Pro (w/ 512mb Nvidia card), that very "active" areas with scripts, streams and active textures will really heat up the system and kick the fans into high speed. Once I wander back into a "quiet" area, they system cools down as indicated by the fans slowing down. So it's all about rendering.
	
	To help answer your question about SL and other game type software, see the blog entry "Introducing Avatar Rendering Costs" ( http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/05/01/who-me-yes-you-couldnt-be-then-who-introducing-avatar-rendering-cost/).
	
	Cheers,
	
	Bob 

	
	
	On 10/07/08 7:21 AM, "twu at berkeleycollege.edu <http://twu@berkeleycollege.edu/> " <twu at berkeleycollege.edu <http://twu@berkeleycollege.edu/> > wrote:

		
		Has anyone else experienced a burn-out of their graphic motherboards from using Second Life?  
		
		Wow, Michel, that's awful.  I never heard anything like this before from anyone using SL.  Did your computer have proper ventilation or adequate coolants?  Would this be a problem particular to Second Life that would not happen due to some other game type software that is graphicly intensive? 
		
		If SL is specific hazzard to some PCs it should be mentioned on SecondLife.com.  I guess it should be said then, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of Second Life". 
		
		Theodore Ubhaus
		Information Systems
		Berkeley College
		973-278-5400 ext.1548 
		
		
		Michel Labour <Michel.Labour at univ-valenciennes.fr <http://Michel.Labour@univ-valenciennes.fr/> > 
		Sent by: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com <http://educators-bounces@lists.secondlife.com/>  07/09/2008 09:02 AM 

		Please respond to
		SL Educators <educators at lists.secondlife.com <http://educators@lists.secondlife.com/> > 

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		educators at lists.secondlife.com <http://educators@lists.secondlife.com/>  

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		[SLED] Google's new Virtual world_Island template? 
		
		
		
		
		I hear what you say Theodore.
		
		Though I was very unchuffed when I had to literary throw away a  
		perfectly good portable pc when SL overheated the graphic-motherboard.
		
		In all fairness to LIVELY, you could try the "Island" template to  
		avoid the caged-in feeling. That said I felt the same way and it feels  
		like you are playing chess with sliding things around.
		
		Michel Labour
		Université de Valenciennes (UVHC)
		http://mlabour.webs.com/
		aka SL: Breizh Bade
		aka there.com <http://there.com/> : Breizh
		
		Quoting twu at berkeleycollege.edu <http://twu@berkeleycollege.edu/> :
		
		> Vivaty.  I felt so encaged in that little place.  It would not let me out
		> the door.  It crashes the browser so many times and even my computer
		> itself.  When I logged back in, my avatar was standing besides himself.
		> Yes, a first taste of Web 3D but not a savory one.  I think I will stick
		> with Second Life, thank you very much.
		>
		> Always suspect something when a news article says, and they always hype it
		> up by saying it, "Move over Second Life".  I keep thinking SL just moves
		> over the other way and bumps the new virtual world off the couch.  It may
		> be to the disappointment of some VW makers that there soon may not be much
		> room on the couch at all with SL there.  Yet, we will have to see what
		> happens.
		>
		> Theodore Ubhaus
		> Information Systems
		> Berkeley College
		> 973-278-5400 ext.1548
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