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Braz9
10-30-2011, 02:13 AM
First time to the forum and first time ASUS owner. I have had the laptop for 2 days so far and I love it. I have a question about gaming on it.

I have been gaming with the AC Adapter plugged in to keep from the battery dying. I have noticed that the adapter gets extremely hot very quickly. Is this normal? Or am I doing something wrong. This is my first laptop and i want to make sure i don't damage it.

Thanks in advance.

dstrakele
10-30-2011, 02:19 AM
I have a G74SX-A1 and my power brick is warm to the touch after many hours of use. However, I rarely use the battery and it probably is not spending much time charging it. I'd imagine it would be hotter if it was charging the battery for a longer time.

What do you mean by "extremely hot"? Too hot to handle? Is it always at this temp or does it cool down once the battery is charged?

Braz9
10-30-2011, 02:26 AM
Yes to hot to hold for more than several seconds. I mean it will nto burn you or anything but it is very hot. When I unplug it from the laptop but leave it plugged in to an AC outlet it will cool down after several minutes. It only heats up when it is plugged into the laptop. As for does it cool down after the battery is charged I will have to check that out to be sure, but I think it was cool after charging over night.

dstrakele
10-30-2011, 02:36 AM
It shouldn't take more than 2-3 hours to charge the battery. Once the Power LED turns green on the front of your laptop, start monitoring the power brick temperature. I'm thinking you'll find it will start cooling off.

Braz9
10-31-2011, 01:52 AM
Thanks for the help. My power brick did cool off after the battery was charged. I guess the battery was charging last night and that is why it was so hot.

grungeboy2
10-31-2011, 02:08 AM
mine gets hot as crap too.

sometimes i use my exhaust vent to heat up coffee.

dstrakele
10-31-2011, 02:09 AM
I just blow the flames out and keep playin'....

grungeboy2
10-31-2011, 02:45 AM
I just blow the flames out and keep playin'....

sig'd

380mcn
11-07-2011, 01:51 PM
i have seen a different behaviour with the AC adapter..
If i plug to a grounded outlet it stays cooler than connected to a non-gounded outlet..

update: european 220v

JRd1st
11-07-2011, 03:01 PM
You're using something that's supposed to be grounded in a plug that isn't?

380mcn
11-07-2011, 03:45 PM
no. the cord of the ac adapter is always the same.. what changes is that there are sockets on the wall that are grounded, other's aren't. when i connect to the sockets on the wall that are grounded the ac adapter doesn't become so hot like when it's connected to the sockets on the wall that are not grounded..

this is what we use in portugal (and most part of europe) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Schuko_plug_and_socket.png
as you can see, on the socket and those metal thing on top and bottom.. that's what we call 'the ground'

here you can see a socket without the ground. in this ones, the ac adapter becomes hotter! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/C_plug.jpg

P.S. i'm sorry for my english, i made a confusion between socket, plug, outlet..

dstrakele
11-07-2011, 03:53 PM
Thanks for sharing the outlet photos, 380mcn. I learned what I need to do if I travel with my laptop to Europe.

380mcn
11-07-2011, 04:12 PM
one should know that we (europeans) all use from 210 - 240v and everything works on that range.. the problem are the connectors! sometimes having several coutries developing and pushing techonology at the same time make standard go away (germany, uk, switzerland, france, italy, spain) . in the case of conectors usually there is european, france and uk. lol. the uk are the most strange IMHO. 220v but with a fuse inside every socket!

the british http://img.en.china.cn/0/0,0,313,18300,360,360,33b4e7b7.jpg
the french http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/French-power-socket.jpg (which is very alike like the ones i showed to you - the difference is that the ground is a big metal conector, instead of 2 small metal things like the ones i showed earlier.

a draw of the voltage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Weltkarte_der_Netzspannungen_und_Netzfrequenz en.svg
a draw of the plugs: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/Weltkarte_verwendeter_Netzsteckertypen.svg

we are all lucky because the AC adapter is 110-220v. if it wasn't, if i wanted to go to US i should have to buy the entire Asus AC adapter instead the outlet adpter!

that's the problem of lack of standards.. the biggest one was the 'war' GSM / CDMA
Sometimes people/coutries develop a new way of making things just to be different.

update: i think CMDA was made just to be different and help north american industries to flourish.. because cdma is dying.. (IMHO)

dstrakele
11-07-2011, 04:27 PM
When I got a BlackBerry global phone, the charger came with several different interchangeable plugs for the different European countries. I was less certain about grounded vs. ungrounded outlets. I'm glad you cleared that up for me. If I'm plugging in my PSU in Europe, I want to be sure it's a grounded outlet.

380mcn
11-07-2011, 04:41 PM
grounded or not grounded, it will always work, but as you can expect, in case of thunderstorm / lightning / you are not protected in case of a surge..

you may not know but for small electronics (phone chargers for instance) the plug usually is not designed to be even grounded.. in this case neither the plug of the socket are grounded! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/C_plug.jpg

only for bigger equipments are the ppugs more robust and ground ready: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/190/tomadacomterra.jpg/
terra stands for ground
neutro stands for neutral i think

if you re coming to europe you should know this lol http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=184

update: if you have a europlug and want to travel to uk you can directly insert the plug. in the 3rd hole stick a paper clip! :p otherwise it won't plug!

JRd1st
11-07-2011, 04:54 PM
Does your screen flicker when plugged into an outlet with a good ground?

380mcn
11-07-2011, 04:54 PM
even grounded or not grounded the ac adapter hasn't become very hot.. only warm.. the heat may be the conversion that the ac adapter is making in 220v - 110v.. but this explanation of mine is a shot in the dark!

UPDATE: my 1st laptop was a compaq with the ac adpter made in the USA. and is was always very hot.
these asus i think is made on Taiwan.. (220v)

380mcn
11-07-2011, 04:58 PM
Does your screen flicker when plugged into an outlet with a good ground?

my screen always! flickers lol i think it has a passion for disco! :p

JRd1st
11-07-2011, 05:02 PM
Why don't you pm Brian@ASUS and ask him if he thinks Asus will do that screen change, for you?

380mcn
11-07-2011, 05:06 PM
When I got a BlackBerry global phone, the charger came with several different interchangeable plugs for the different European countries. I was less certain about grounded vs. ungrounded outlets. I'm glad you cleared that up for me. If I'm plugging in my PSU in Europe, I want to be sure it's a grounded outlet.

i once had a motorola V66i (triband 1900-1800-900mhz) and the charger was 110v - 220v and it was like this http://www.ipmart.com/contents/products/P302000/302597/extra_pic/pic_ex3.jpg
i had to search the box for an adapter.. lol, i have never seen an american plug until then :p