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This is going side-ways, but I posted a hypothetical 1/8-in thick, 1-in sqr., not a cube, and as a supplement, but even then that'll beat a piece of foil.  I even suggested adding another wimpy-fin heatsink, back-to-back.
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This is going side-ways, but I posted a hypothetical 1/8-in thick, 1-in sqr., not a cube, and as a supplement, but even then that'll beat a piece of foil.  I even suggested adding another wimpy-fin heatsink, back-to-back.


Just making the point that it's the surface area not the mass that counts. A piece of foil could be more effective if it has greater surface area then your 1 sqr. inch of surface area metal.

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This guy (see pic attached) ran hot till I added Heatsink No. 2.
Hey, it's cool.   smiley-cool



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It sure seems to have to do with the current usage.
I managed however, to put a wire on a wrong pin and I guess I now have fried my arduino, or at least the USB controller.

Anyways, I decided to work it out a bit, add a power led to the breadboard running from the Vout of the regulator. This works without heating the regulator up. So with the arduino and the ethernet shield attached, there's too much current going through the regulator for usage without a heatsink.

Ordered a 12V to 8V regulator along with a heatsink (and new Arduino). Gonna see what that's gonna do when I can continue.
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It sure seems to have to do with the current usage.
Derr..

Did you read
http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Tutorial/Power.html
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