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Tips to Prevent Laptop Overheating

Tips to Prevent Laptop Overheating.

By Fix My Laptop

Laptop overheating can be caused  by  a variety of things that all relate to lack of air-flow through the laptop. Normally a laptop will suck air in through vents on the base of the laptop and blow it thorough a cooling vent out the side of the laptop. You can normally tell when your laptop is "running hot" by the exhausted air temperature or the amount of time the fans a working or running at elevated r.p.m.

If the laptop reaches a critical temperature it will do a "protective shutdown" which normally is the laptop simply turning off abruptly. This is a danger sign not to be ignored.

Here are a few tips:

1. Shut down your laptop when not in use. Do not put a sleeping / hibernating / running laptop into your carry bag. In that environment airflow is very restricted and could cause severe overheating.  If not in use turn off your laptop.

 

2. Make sure airflow is not impeded. Check the base of your laptop to see that the rubber feet have not fallen off. If they have you can buy replacement ones at craft or electronics shops that are small feet used for general purposes. Also avoid using the laptop on your lap in bed where the unit sinks into the bedding and the air intake and outlet are blocked.Laptop feet

 

3. Try to generate a minimal amount of heat.  Avoid playing advanced 3D games for hours, and try setting your power settings from "high performance" to a more "balanced" or "power saver" plan for normal everyday use. The system  will then only use the power required to run your applications, rather than always using the maximum processor speed. If you need to play games or other intensive work, you can switch back to the high performance plan as necessary.

 

4. Avoid hostile working environments for your laptop. This could include very dusty or hot environments.  As a rule if the environment is comfortable for you then the laptop should be fine as well.

 

5. Keep you laptop well serviced and free of dust and lint buildup. Use a "can of air"  to clean out of the laptop's vents. Dust can accumulate in and block the laptop's fan vents -- a problem easily solved with a can of compressed air or a free visit to Fix My Laptop to have the vent cleaned and the removal of the dust and lint.Dirty blocked Fan

 

6. Try auxiliary cooling. If you have a model of laptop that is known to run "hot" such as HP Pavilion dv6 or Dell XPS or Alienware gaming laptops we suggest you use a laptop cooling pad that has a fan or two. Laptop pads that have vents but no fans can also increase the air flow around your laptop and they're very portable.

 

 

Check with Coretemp.

 If your concerned about the temperature of your laptop you can download a simple application for free called "Coretemp" that will show the internal temperatures your cpu(s) are running at. Normal is around 50-65 degrees. Hot is 65-85 degrees. Crazy hot is above 85 degrees.

Coretemp Display