I've had my R51e for just over a year now, and I've always noticed that it seemed to be running hot compared to my previous thinkpad, the R50e. I installed Speedfan, and this gives the CPU temperature at a fairly constant 70 degrees C, and the HDD temperature at around 40-45 degrees C.
I did mention this to the tech support people, but they told me this was normal. A few months ago, I moved from HK to Manila. I used my R51e for about a month, and then, suddenly it stopped working - it wouldn't even boot up. I took it to the support people in Manila, who replaced the motherboard. I asked if the overheating could be the cause, but they said that that wasn't a problem. The computer worked fine for another month and then ... the motherboard blew out again. I took it to be replaced again, and the unit was returned to me in mid-November.
Its now the end of December, and I now realise that my one year warranty expired two weeks ago. This makes me nervous as I've gone through two motherboards in two months. In addition, I recently noticed some problems with the audio (the left channel packed up) which also seemed to be motherboard related .... So, some questions ...
Is the temperature I record above to be expected? If not, could it be a cause for the motherboard blowing out?
If the current motherboard goes again, is it covered by warranty? Theoretically I bought the computer a year ago, but as its a laptop, the whole of the computer was effectively replaced a month ago (and again one month before that). It doesn't seem right that the motherboard is now considered to be a year old and therefore out of warranty.