The Toshiba Satellite M30 Notebook Review

Discussion in 'Reviews & Articles' started by Adrian Wong, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. whitewolf

    whitewolf Newbie

    M30 heat issue

    Excellent review Adrian! The one concern I have with the heat issue is: Will the 36c temperature that the touchpad heats up to effect the display if you close the lid after use.

    When I am finished work at the University, I like to close down the computer and run. Will this have an adverse effect on the screen.

  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Thanks, Paul. :mrgreen:

    Well, when you close the screen, that either turns off your notebook or put it into suspend mode/hibernation, depending on what you set.

    Either way, the heat production stops and the notebook cools down. So, the heat won't be a problem if you close the lid.

    Hope that helps you some! :)
  3. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

  4. jbro

    jbro Newbie

    memory replacement

    Mine was..whenever they send me the new memory I'm gonna see if I can get away with not returning the "defective" memory. I'll take a free 512 megs of laptop memory any day! :lol:
  5. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    ROTFL!! I thought you have to return it to them first? :haha:

    And you get a free 32MB USB drive too! :thumb:
  6. raz

    raz Newbie

    I was wondering, did anyone get their memory sticks back yet?

    If yes, is it the same hardware specs. (ie; same latency, size, etc..) but with the bug(s) fixed ?

    Did you also get the 32MB flash disk ?

    How much time did it take them to send back ?

    On another hand...

    What's weird, is that this is supposed to be a low temp. CPU.. but.. at normal speed (1.4Ghz), MotherBoard Monitor tells me it is running @ 66°C.. Isn't that like.. super high??

    At 600Mhz, it shows 50°C.. again, very high..
    It seems the fan runs when it hits 70°C..
    Anybody knows of a software/way to have it run when it hits customized temperature?

    Using the program above, I was able to o'clock from 1.4Ghz to 1.8Ghz.. but haven't checked for stability yet..

    You have to run CPU-Z first, then you'll be able to start this..
    CPU-Z can be downloaded from

  7. not bad, my mom need new laptop, maybe get this for her
  8. mom wants a laptop, dunno why, my 2.5 year old sister can operate computers better than her. however...:
    Cons Horrendous positioning of the Windows key and WiFi switch.
    Lack of support for non-Secure Digital memory cards.
    Slow 4,200 rpm hard disk.

    the laptop will be plugged in, and wireless will be on most of the time
    she doesn't know any shortcuts
    we dont use flash cards
    and the hdd is fine for email and word processing and paying bills online. she pays bills on line, for the convinience

    SAMSAMHA Newbie

    I think they will exchange it (ship to you first then you return it), otherwise your machine won't be working during the time you wait for shipping.

    Too bad my toshiba is okay, otherwise I will be getting a usb:). A tad too greedy

  10. love free stuff, especially this contest for crucial ram!!
  11. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hey, how did you find out which hardware monitoring chip the M30 used? :think:

    Hmm.. I didn't even know it was overclockable.. Thanks, checking it out now! :thumb:

    EDIT : Looks like that utility is only for the Intel i865 and i875 motherboards. I don't think it supports our i855 motherboards. :think:
  12. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hehe.. The memory modules on mine are fine too. :mrgreen:
  13. raz

    raz Newbie

    Well, it sure worked here..
    First open CPU-Z, then fire the o'clock utility and play with the FSB...

    Give it a try!

  14. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Okay.. Will give it a try. But did you check if your overclock actually worked? :think:
  15. raz

    raz Newbie

    Honnestly, I haven't benchmarked, yet..

    But other apps do report the o'clocked CPU speed.

    Best of luck,

  16. raz

    raz Newbie

    And um...

    As a 'proof' of the o'clock, I remember i couldn't push the FSB to give me a speed of over 1.8Ghz, or else it'd freeze the OS.

  17. raz

    raz Newbie

    By the way, has anyone figured what Fn+F7 accomplishes?


  18. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    But I can't even load the utility. :wall:

    It says it cannot detect any supported motherboard. :wall:
  19. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. That's interesting.. :think:

    SAMSAMHA Newbie

    didn't you check the manual? I own a toshiba laptop, and I think some fn is for numerical pad, and some is for keylock, check the manul it's there.

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