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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“My laptop is not the A30-203, it is the Toshiba...”

Written on: 07/02/2006 by andrew29993 (3 reviews written)

My laptop is not the A30-203, it is the Toshiba Satellite A30-504 or something. It has been sitting broken for a while now (but this is not down to the laptop's unreliability as I dropped it) but from what I remember it was a fairly fast, powerful machine but with bad battery life. The blue casing is still fairly attractive and all the controls feel solid and well-built. The keyboard looks cheap, though. To be honest, I don't know who this laptop is aimed at, because it is a P4 and the battery… Read Full Review

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“I have had my Toshiba A30 laptop for 24 months now. ...”

Written on: 07/01/2006 by mpbenne (1 review written)

I have had my Toshiba A30 laptop for 24 months now. Ever since I have had it I have had problems with it overheating. After finding this site, I am a little happier that other people have had the same problems. I have to raise it up to increase the air flow to stop it turning itself off!!! I guess I will never be able to get this problem fixed!… Read Full Review

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Dougle888's Response to 224081_mpbenne's Review

Written on: 25/02/2006

I have found that blocking off the two small circular air vents off with a duster, and placing a vacum cleaner nozzle up the large airvent appears to stop it from overheating.

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Trudeau's Response to 224081_mpbenne's Review

Written on: 26/06/2008

Right i have solved the problem of overheating,i'm not saying this applies to everybody but it has definately worked for me.
<br/>I removed the plastic cover that coves the CPU Hearsink,this is located under the unit opposite the cooling fans,it is held on with 2 small screws.(rectangular in shape)
<br/>I then got an air line and blew the CPU Hearsink out,i was amazed how much dirt came out,be careful how much pressure you use on the air line,you don't need an awful lot.
<br/>The unit now works spot on,can't believe it,it's back to normal.
<br/>I got this info off another site but they said to vacuumn the unit out,i don't supose it matters how you do it as long as you remove the debris blocking the unit.
<br/>Problem solved,fantastic.

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Trudeau's Response to 224081_mpbenne's Review

Written on: 22/06/2008

Yep got the same problems as well,the first 2 years were fine,no problems with cooling,the fans came on now and then which was fine.
<br/>I had to have a new hard drive fitted but to be honest i don't think that had anything to do with the overheating as the fans were coming on all the time before the repair was done.
<br/>The only way i can now use the laptop is to have a desktop fan blowing on the area where the cooling fans are and this seems to work fine,bit of a pain but there you go.
<br/>Apart from this overheating problem the unit works very well indeed.

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234749_Dz Pro's Response to 224081_mpbenne's Review

Written on: 19/03/2006

I too have major overheating problems which drive me mad, any more clues as to solving this problem?

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“The first thing when I got my Toshiba Satellite...”

Written on: 20/07/2005 by darlin12 (1 review written)

The first thing when I got my Toshiba Satellite A30-203 was upgrade to 1024 RAM and fitted an internal wireless adapter/54Mbit. The RAM speeds up everything, and makes the A30 fast. and internal adapter is better that PC- Card rubbish.
This is a good laptop, pretty nippy but not the fastest by any means.
Small hard drive is annoying.
It never crashes on me.
Overheating is avoided by sucking the dust out of the fans with a Vacuum cleaner, then it runs like new, very smoothly!
Looks sexy.
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Andrew29993's Response to darlin12's Review

Written on: 08/02/2006

The Toshiba does not weigh 2kgs, it weighs 3.5, and even if it did weigh 2kgs it would actually be an extremely light laptop.

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“The Toshiba Satellite A30-203 "Laptop" cannot be used...”

Written on: 17/07/2004 by ogboni (1 review written)

The Toshiba Satellite A30-203 "Laptop" cannot be used on your lap. If you support it on some books, leaving a big airspace under it, it often works for hours. On a lap, it will overheat and turn itself off after a few minutes, losing all your work.

Even more irritating, Goes into thinking mode, hanging itself every few seconds. Each time the fan changes speed, your typing no longer inputs, then when the fan stabilizes, the input acts at random, often trashing work. In practice, you can type… Read Full Review

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“I bought this Toshiba Satellite A30-203 laptop 5...”

Written on: 18/05/2004 by tonylaptop (1 review written)

I bought this Toshiba Satellite A30-203 laptop 5 months ago. It has a big known issue of overheating. It starts to be hot and noise, and then it reboots itself. It happened to a lot of my friends as well. Don't buy it… Read Full Review

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Wagnerburton's Response to tonylaptop's Review

Written on: 09/12/2004

I have this problem too, it reboots a lot, very hot, hoverheating. don´t you know how to solve this?
<br>thanks

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“After damaging my year old samsung v20 I bought the...”

Written on: 17/02/2004 by paulsm (2 reviews written)

After damaging my year old samsung v20 I bought the Toshiba Satellite A30-203 Laptop which is a nice machine although not as fast as my samsung, the shared graphics makes the machine hang around a bit, I have put another 256 ram in but will be changing this to an extra 512 as its still not up to the samsung. I will check better next time before buying… Read Full Review

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“I love my Toshiba Satellite A30-203 laptop, i wasnt...”

Written on: 27/12/2003 by mcorkhill (1 review written)

I love my Toshiba Satellite A30-203 laptop, i wasnt sure when i first got it home but its grown on me more and more. As a second computer i would heartly recomend it… Read Full Review

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Toshiba Satellite A30-203

“As a 2nd pc the Toshiba Satellite A30-203 is great. ”

Written on: 01/12/2003 by Evrae (8 reviews written)

As a 2nd pc the Toshiba Satellite A30-203 is great.
As soon as I got it home I noticed I needed extra memory £60 inc fitting and an external FDD which cost £40, also PC World reduced it a month later so the saving would have paid for the upgrades.
Good for portable browsing with a Bluetooth dongler… Read Full Review

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