Gaming on a TM291Lmi?

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  1. javyn

    javyn Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a Travel Mate 291 and was wondering if anyone else in here uses the 290 series to play games. I just installed Halflife again for the heck of it to play some Day of Defeat and Counterstrike. Plugged in the usb mouse, and it played for about an hour. Now my notebook is hot as %#%@%@. Can I overheat these things playing games? I've never owned a laptop before, how hot can it get, is it normal getting pretty warm? I stopped, afraid I might screw something up if i continue playing. Are there any external cooling solutions for notebooks whose users expect a little more work out of them than average?

    thanks

    Javyn
     
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    javyn Notebook Enthusiast

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    oh come on, no one with a travelmate likes to have fun?
     
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    civbat Notebook Enthusiast

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    How/where were you using the laptop while you were gaming? If you had the laptop on your lap then its really no surprise if it felt very warm as you or your clothing was probably blocking the vents on the machine. If you had the laptop on a smooth & flat surface then perhaps you've upgraded the processor or the hdd and the case wasn't designed for the hotter running parts.

    While you were gaming did the system fan come on? If not then perhaps the fan is damaged.

    All laptops can get pretty darn warm if they are stressed for a fair length of time. Perhaps you don't need to be so concerned if the system isn't exhibiting other heat related symptoms.

     
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    javyn Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nope, I keep the laptop flat on my desk. The fan does come on, but it blows out very hot air. I don't know how much heat is normal for a laptop, having never owned one before. I guess I am being too paranoid heh. Thanks
     
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    blackomegax Notebook Geek

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    i have a 290 also
    wonderful laptop and all...but its **** all for gaming. so i have a desktop for that.
    when i DO game on this, its older stuff, and the thing DOES get fairly hot..but it has NEVER crashed because of it.
     
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    MD470 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    Recently Acer released a new version of the famous 290 series. It's 292LMI_ATI with Pentium M 1.5 and ATI Radeon 9700 64Mb. The specs are good and price is OK but before considering this machine which has a casing identical to the one Compal CL56 has
    http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=24218&highlight=Compal+CL56
    (for more infor see this http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=22187&highlight=ODM)
    I would like to ask you the following:
    1 How is the screen (veiwing angles, colours, brightness etc.,)?
    2 What is the material the notebook is made of?
    3 Does the palmrest get hot?
    4 Does the fan make noice?
    5 Does the keyboard have flex?

    Thank you very much for any indication you may give me!
     
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    blackomegax Notebook Geek

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    while very nearly identical in design, the 9700 version isnt QUITE the same.
    im betting it has a far better heat dissipation method for that video chip.
    but overall, its very sturdy, made mostly of plastics.
     
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    MD470 Notebook Enthusiast

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    HI blackomegax,

    I was trying to find differences between the case of travelmate 292LMI_ATI and the one Compal CL56 (plus others) has. I could not find any. Can you please give me some indications?
     
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    blackomegax Notebook Geek

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    i mean the 290 vs the 292 with the radeon.
    the 290 is much plainer.
    but overall, on the outside, except for the palmrest, identical
     
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    javyn Notebook Enthusiast

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    yeah this thing does get hot. i got a laptop cooling pad with 4 fans so i can play counterstrike on it without having to worry too much about heat. still, even now i am noticing, the plastic right under the screen where it says "acer" gets pretty darn hot itself. i'm sure i'm just being paranoid, considering i haven't owned a notebook before.

    i have a desktop for gaming too with a better video card than the 291's integrated intel. but this notebook has a better processor than the gaming machine hehe
     
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