The sounds my laptop fan – I hope it’s just the fan – is making lead me to believe it’s nearing the point of unusability. On the other hand, the actual computer processing seems to be more or less that same (heat aside) so maybe it won’t be a problem when I’m at my apartment and can use the external fan I got last year when the internal fan was just becoming an issue. Even before today that annoyingness of the fan noise has been leading me to use my computer than I used to; I rarely take it with me outside of the apartment.
I’m going back to California in less than a month and I think I still have a month or two left on the warranty. Hopefully whatever it is that’s wrong can get fixed, because I haven’t been planning on buying a new laptop for a while.