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Run newer PowerBooks with the lid closed
Authored by: brandondrew on Feb 22, '03 03:43:59PM

The solution to this problem (a need/desire to run without being open versus the need for heat dissipation) would be either
1) for apple to allow the screen to be easily removed (without tools! it should just pop off) or
2) for someone to build a very thin yet very effective heatsink that fits between the screen and the keyboard. (I don't know if this is even possible, and would probably require apple to put more space between them)

Playing music, however, doesn't seem to be a good enough reason to close your powerbook. *Wearing* your computer on a strap around your shoulder while you shoot digital video (or do something like that) seems like much more compelling reason to need to have it closed and compact.

Brandon Z

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Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 09, '03 02:33:35PM

> thin yet very effective heat-sink

Well there are those new (still experimental?) silicon-based heat-*pumps* that somehow use electricity to make heat go where it doesn't want to through silicon (don't remember exactly how they work, although I think similar principles as diodes/transistors)

I also remember reading a little brief in Scientific American (couldn't manage to find it on the site though) about some group that had invented a heat-sink that had microchannels filled with liquid methanol or some such liquid. The methanol would heat up, vaporize, go to the outside, dump the heat, reliquify, and repeat the process. So basically a heat pipe. I want Apple to incorporate those into the 'books.. <Drool>


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Authored by: tahart on Aug 13, '04 12:17:22PM

Sounds like a stinky solution, but it just might work... ;c)

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