I have a gateway laptop and it runs VERY hot and loud. Recently it has been overheating and will turn off completely. I have a cooling fan under it, this doesn't help at all. Usually happens when I am taking up a lot of memory running a high usage program. What can I do to cool it down?

3.1 ghz pentium 4
radeon 9600 pro
512 mb ram
55 gig hard drive

Have you tried blowing it out? Accumulated dust and pet hairs can impede the air flow. Dust can collect of the CPU heat sink and clog air vents all of which can cause overheating.

I have a cooling fan under it, this doesn't help at all.

pygmalion...I think you missed something in warjunkies post.:lol:

pygmalion...I think you missed something in warjunkies post.:lol:

hehe, i meant to add another one ... ;)

no, my apologies, i went over that one too fast.

even geeks are humans ;)
pygmalion

sound like the cpu fan isn't working at all