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Well, after four years in the family it seems that my laptop (named Harold) is on its last legs. About a month or so ago I started experiencing crashes when I exited ZDoom, but rather recently it started crashing mid game. So I played with all my other ports, and it started crashing with every one.
What I find peculiar however, is that GLQuake and Half Life run perfectly, the hard drive is completely silent when playing these. Yet when I'm on the desktop (or any Doom port), it makes the sound of Yoko Ono at one of her performances. Surely if it can still play Quake without any problems then it should be able to handle Chocolate Doom without crashing? I suppose it's time to upgrade my 12 year old desktop downstairs (named Fred).
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I wouldn't recommend taking a vacuum cleaner to computers in general though.
Oddly enough, I've seen support pages that recommend blowing air into the fan's exhaust vent to clean the filter. Of course once the laptop's fired up its fan will re-deposit that gunk on the filter. Nothing beats a screwdriver and a small soft brush.