Not joking: Keep laptop off your lap

Kathleen Atkins

Lounge member brencoz first thought he had a wireless mouse problem, then a USB-hub driver problem.

He was mystified — his laptop functioned only intermittently, for no apparent reason.

After discussing the problem with Lounge advisors and doing more sleuthing on his own, he divined his problem: a hot laptop is an unhappy machine. Don’t block the air vents — and keep your laptop on a clean, hard surface — says the wiser user. More.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications
General Productivity Quick training in MS Office for technicians *
Word Processing Copy data from Word to Excel
Spreadsheets Excel 2003: Filling form with data from spreadsheet *
Databases Access 2003: Running delete query
Presentation Apps Lock or prevent changes to PowerPoint presentation
Visual Basic for Apps Need code to position graphic on label
Microsoft Outlook Rule error message *
Non-Outlook E-mail Frequent loss of Gmail connection
Windows 8 Four things to really know about Win8 upgrades *
General Windows Windows doesn’t recognize mouse *
Windows 7 Intermittent Internet connection
  Windows 7 system-repair endless loop
  Computer hangs periodically
Windows Vista Windows Defender times out *
Windows XP PC losing network connection
Internet Explorer IE 9 x64 won’t install *
Third-Party Browsers How to get rid of ALOT *
Networking Simple network testing? *
Social Media Updated Facebook security tips *
Software Development
Windows Programming VB 2010 Express: Right() and IsObject() build errors *
Web Design & Development Need to buy domain name
Other Technologies
Security & Backups Password-manager recommendation needed
Hardware Looking for new desktop computer
Graphics/Multimedia iTunes Store question *
Other Applications Java update checker

* starred posts: particularly useful

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About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.