Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why is my laptop fan always running?

Episode 1206

Richard from Placentia, CA
PC Fans

Richard's daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5000 and the fan never stops running. Leo says that is usually a BIOS issue and a BIOS update could solve that. Those issues usually get repaired over time. But he should also see if her use is extremely heavy, causing it to run hotter than expected. Open apps may cause it. But chances are, it's an overzealous fan and a firmware update will fix it. Richard should call Dell. CPUID has a great program that will tell him exactly what the temperature is.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1205

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D brings us the Levitating Lamp -- a light shade that actually levitates three inches above the lamp and slowly rotates. It's by Hammacher-Schlemmer. The computerized coils make 1,000 adjustments per second to ensure the shade stays upright, even when bumped, while the swirling pattern accentuates the natural spinning motion caused by air currents. The lamp has nine bright white LED bulbs: six that shine upward into the shade, and three that shine downward to provide accent lighting for the brushed chrome stand.

What budget computer should I get my daughter for college?

Episode 1205

Beth from Temecula, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Beth is sending her daughter to school and needs to get her an affordable laptop in the $600 range. Her daughter wants a Mac, though. Leo says that the cheapest Mac is the MacBook Air at $999. She can shave off a hundred or so by going with the Refurbished Macs, but she should only get them through Apple. That way she'll also get a warranty.