Attn: Powerleap Upgrade Users

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Patrick E. King, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Just thought I'd share my recent experience with the group. It might save
    you some money and downtime.
    MOBO is G/W late '99 vintage Tabor III originally fitted with Pentium III
    500MHz CPU.
    M/C stopped working, no display whatsoever, not even a raster, knew form the
    sound that it was not booting properly.
    Problem traced to insufficient cooling on the Powerleap Celeron1.4 GHz
    Tualatin which I fitted a couple of years back.
    If you also have this upgrade it might be worth opening the case about once
    a year and vacuuming it out.
    You will need to remove the fan from the CPU heatsink though and vacuum
    underneath it to do a proper job.
    I wish I had done so...I'm now back to 500MHZ CPU and I do notice the
    difference : (
    Patrick E. King, Jul 18, 2005
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  2. Patrick E. King

    Ben Myers Guest

    Once a year, whether or not a PowerLeap, is sound preventative maintenance.
    More often if the environment is especially dusty or dirty, or if there are dogs
    and cats around. Or if the owner of the computer is moulting... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jul 18, 2005
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  3. The important point though, with the Powerleap, is to remove the fan from
    the CPU heatsink in order to vacuum it properly.
    Patrick E. King, Jul 19, 2005
  4. Patrick E. King

    Ed Guest

    I had this same Powerleap upgrade on an 1999 Essential 500. I used
    compressed air (Canned Air) to clean it without removing the fan &
    heat sink instead of taking it all apart and vacuuming it and that
    seemed to always keep it clean and cool. Now that I run White Boxes,
    I still use the same method on those units without any dust or lent
    left behind.

    Ed, Jul 19, 2005
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