My fan won't shut off. Ever. The computer heats up, but it never overheats and turns off. The last time it did was a year ago, and hasn't overheated since. Why is the fan always on but never seems to cool the computer down? I'm thinking about getting a cooling pad, but my fear is that the fan still won't shut off because whatever senses the temperature has whacked out and thinks that the fan still needs to be running. I've called Gateway and they suggested unplugging things from the USBs that I don't use, like my ipod and digital camera, and they told me that maybe taking out the battery would help, but that didn't work. The CPU usage is around 20% or less most of the time, unless I'm running an anti-virus scan or I get an application error like AIM or internet explorer, but it goes back down after I close said programs. Could it be all of the processes I have running in start up? I have almost 30 but I should have half that many. I have 40-50 processes running after start up. Is that normal?