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On the offchance anyone has an HP notebook...

I'm considering an HP nc6120:

http://www.emag.ro/Notebook/HP_nc6120_Centrino_M_750_1_86GHz_15_DVD-RW_80GB_XP_PRO--pPG825EAABB

and everything looks peachy except there are scattered mentions on the web of the fan running all the time:

http://www.notebookreview.com/price/default.asp?productID=13051&productFamilyID=541&display=opinionDetail

Does anyone here happen to own one? I've held my ear closely in every store that sells it, never heard a whisper. (But the CPU is always at 0% or so; can't tell what happens under load).

Any directions to a distressed consumer appreciated.
Permalink Alex 
August 8th, 2005
There was a particular flavour of Toshiba laptop that had a permanently running fan recently, but they released a BIOS update fairly swiftly and the problem vanished. Not particularly helpful to your specific question, granted, but if the HP machines are suffering a similar problem then there will probably be a similar solution...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 8th, 2005
I've got an nw8000 and the fan does spend rather too long on sometimes.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
August 8th, 2005
The fan does seem to run all the time. But it's not too loud.
Permalink son of parnas 
August 8th, 2005
Almost any modern notebook is gonna have serious heat problems. It's something laptop owners are learning to live with.
Permalink Joel Coehoorn 
August 9th, 2005
Thanks for the input; also, apparently the more annoying behavior is that the fan turns on for a few *seconds*, then back off, etc.

I think I'll just upgrade my desktop.
Permalink Alex 
August 9th, 2005
I haven't noticed the off and on thing.
Permalink son of parnas 
August 9th, 2005
Hmm... thanks for that, son of parnas.
Permalink Alex 
August 9th, 2005

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