Hello everyone! I hope it is nice and warm outside where you are, as in Memphis we are enjoying the type of hot stickiness that leaves you soaked in your own juices trying your best to film a segment with power tools and failing miserably.
I have a laptop stand that is more of a wooden TV tray; I am sure most of you have seen the one I am talking about. I got mine when I moved into an apartment a few years back, and it is just so damn portable that I use it all over the house to hold up my laptop.
My laptop is an acer notebook that is nice and thin, and as such has a nice and under-powered fan. This, in the past has led to all things, from melted plastic to scorched testicles, and occasionally a few dreaded emergency shutdowns when the little guy just couldn’t take it anymore and had to throw in the towel.
I decided the best way beside active ventilation (more on that later) would be passive ventilation. Until now I have been boosting my laptop by putting my cell or a few nuts and bolts under it, but this has been troublesome as it allows the laptop to slide off its perch very easily.
My next idea was to build a fan, which I will release a tutorial for in due time when I decide if I want to leave it USB powered, or add some type of external power source, like a wall-wart or a series of batteries in a pack or something. This, I decided was best left to the next tutorial, and I decided to just map out the hottest areas of my laptop on the laptop stand by cranking up the CPU and letting it heat up and feeling for the hot areas.
What I did next was put the camera in the garage, in the middle of the day, on a day when the heat index was around 115. I dressed myself in a cool t-shirt (cool as in temp, there is nothing cool about a white v-neck) and some cool basketball shorts, and spent about ten minutes setting up the tripod and getting the light just right.
I was so focused on getting the right shot that I completely forgot to start the camera before I did the segment. The segment consisted of me masking off the areas that I found to be high heat areas, and then a bit about selecting the correct Dremel-tool bit, and then drilling holes. All together, this took about 8 minutes, once I stepped in front of the camera. By the time I was done, I was soaked head to toe, and feeling like a zombie-hobo about to chew some face, so I high tailed it into the house after the stand was nice and sanded smooth.
So here is the result, my laptop stand, with holes in all the right places, (there has to be a joke in there somewhere..) and great ventilation. I made holes for the CPU fan, and the GPU and HD intakes which also tend to run quite hot. The cool air comes in the holes in the square on the left, and the air comes out, ideally out of the long strip in the middle from two ports on either side of the strip.
Here are some pics, and try not to hold it against me for messing up the video of this one. It put a cloud on my whole day yesterday because it was going to be my one big post, but I decided instead just to calm down and gather myself so I could just write a good article about it.
Let me know if you have any questions. In the next one, we will add a fan. Also, I am just getting burned out on the zipit for this weekend, so we will pick up where I left off Friday in this coming Project Weekend. We should be done by then. We hope!