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    My usb stick is overheating

    Hi, so I bought one of those mobile internet thingies and the USB stick gets REALLY hot after awhile. It was pretty expensive, so I wonder if there's anything wrong with my computer, or a hardware problem in the stick itself?

    Help appreciated

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    The Patient holyevil44's Avatar
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    they always get hot like that and never last long that is the sad part

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    Quote Originally Posted by holyevil44 View Post
    they always get hot like that and never last long that is the sad part
    I've only had it for a day though :O is it possible to have something really cold around it so it can last longer?

    Edit: I just realised this whole thread is one big sexual innuendo
    Last edited by CaptainCakepie; 2013-01-05 at 03:11 AM.

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    well i live in canada so in the winter primarily when i needed mine id hang it out my window and it would stay at a nice temp lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maruka View Post
    well i live in canada so in the winter primarily when i needed mine id hang it out my window and it would stay at a nice temp lol.
    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-USB-Ext...extension+wire

    If you can find one of these from a store around your area they work great .. Just hang it out your window and take the cover off of it ( take it apart so its open to the air).

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    I am Murloc! Xuvial's Avatar
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    "Mobile internet thingies"? Is it a wireless adapter or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuvial View Post
    "Mobile internet thingies"? Is it a wireless adapter or what?
    It's a cellular modem, like this unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masark View Post
    It's a cellular modem, like this unit.
    well if you own it after so long with a contract open it up add a heatsink with sticky thermal adhesive and close it up with a hole cut into the plastic body. or just drill holes into the plastic when u get it off for air venting.

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    I would confirm with the carrier if this is normal... otherwise request a replacement. Also find out what the warranty is in case you have issues down the line.

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    Modern flash drives and even some wireless adapters/modems can run a tad hot. You have to keep in mind though that even 50-60C and even upwards of 70-80C is fine for it run at but feels hot to the touch for most people. (Considering 60C is 140F)

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    its normal, and mayb its bcoz i dont use it much but has lasted long enough.

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    This is a simple rule with computer hardware to see if it is too hot:

    As long as you can touch it without burn, this is ok

    After this, you might worry

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    Well it is a radio transmitter so is expected to get a bit hot. it could also be getting extra heat from the usb port if its in a laptop that runs hot.

    As long as its not melting the case off it will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunisherQc View Post
    This is a simple rule with computer hardware to see if it is too hot:

    As long as you can touch it without burn, this is ok

    After this, you might worry
    Dont touch your GPU then

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunisherQc View Post
    This is a simple rule with computer hardware to see if it is too hot:

    As long as you can touch it without burn, this is ok

    After this, you might worry
    I'd have enjoyed seeing you touch my GTX580's backplate while it was clocking ~87c in summer (max safe rated 105-110c)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuvial View Post
    I'd have enjoyed seeing you touch my GTX580's backplate while it was clocking ~87c in summer (max safe rated 105-110c)
    Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Core (the old K8), 165f ................ and it ran stable. When I pulled it apart after I did my new build, the T.I.M. had fused the CPU to the heatsink, had to soak it with rubbing alcohol to pry it apart.

    On topic: I've got a few WiFi USB dongles laying around the house that run pretty hot, enough to where you can touch them but you dont wanna hold them for long.
    Last edited by at05gt; 2013-01-06 at 03:54 AM. Reason: I can't spell.
    Quote Originally Posted by noteworthynerd View Post
    But hey, we're just strangers on the Internet with decades of combined IT and computer building experience, what do we know?

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