I just got my first new laptop a compaq model CQ61-411wm. They call this a laptop. I like to sit or lay in bed with my lappy on my lap. I notice the bottom fan vent gets covered up sometimes. ( the vents on the side and back are still clear) Is this enough for the fan to remove the heat.. the air coming out seem pretty warm anytime the fan runs.. not being used to laptops.. is this normal? This machine cost $350.00 bucks from Wal-Mart. The Battery cost 90 bucks and I am told to expect to replace it in about a year or so cus they don't last long. I remember having a used laptop from a second hand store 10 years ago. It had a battery that lasted about two hours as does this one. You mean to tell me in ten years no one has found a way to make a laptop battery last longer than 2 hours??? I'm shocked. At 90 bucks a battery they could fore go the battery and just make 250 dollar non portable laptops - why don't they? Anyway, I have rad about using ATI Fusion utility to save on Battery life but what are some other best tips and tricks to save battery life? I have a tendency to want to take the battery out every time I plug in the machine to an AC outlet - or never plug it in unless I know I will be using it where I cannot plug it in. - Is this necessary or am I just being paranoid? oh Darn.. just noticed I posted this in the wrong forum.. sorry.. not my day.