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Message 1347672 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 12:53:56 UTC

Hi. Had network issues with last laptop which prevented upload of completed work so now have a new one and decided to have another crack.

I need to know if its possible to adjust processing preferences to stop the fan running constantly. When using the laptop the fan doesn't usually come on. When not in use and BOINC starts processing it does and remains on. A little noisy if I'm in the room.

I guess it's because its set to use 100% of CPU. Is it as simple as reducing that %? Thanks.

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Message 1347680 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 13:19:11 UTC

SETI at Home really pushes the cpu hard, particularly on laptops which are often already running very close to the cooling limits. You would probably have to reduce the cpu usage somewhat more than the 4% you suggest to get any meaningful reduction in temperature.
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Message 1347682 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 13:22:04 UTC

Thanks. I didn't mention 4% though. Any suggestion what to reduce too or is it trial and error? Thanks.

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Message 1347686 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 13:37:21 UTC - in response to Message 1347682.

Trial and error, or get one of those external fan pads which will help a lot.

(I really should wear my glasses when reading numbers...)
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Message 1347842 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 19:26:23 UTC
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Got it to about 40% CPU usage without the fan whirring like crazy. Is it safe to assume running CPU at 100% all of the time is not good for the laptop?

I'm not mad into processing a load of work. More of a casual thing. If my laptops on it may as well be doing something but I don't want to kill it :-)

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Message 1347864 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 20:07:08 UTC

I can't say for laptop CPUs, but its temperature that kills more cpu than duty cycle.
Use something like CPU-Z to keep an eye on your cpu temp. My guess is that somewhere around the 50% mark you will start to see the fan speed start to climb, and then the cpu temperature will start to increase as the cooling system reaches its capacity.
I can fully understand not wanting to kill a laptop - I've got a couple of dead ones here if you like to play...
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