How to Repair an Overheating Laptop Laptops pack a surprising amount of processing and storage capacity into a surprisingly small space. This efficiency comes at the cost of excessive heat. Apart from coffee, the greatest danger to laptops is overheating.
It can lead to hardware failure and permanent damage. Many modern laptops are equipped with overheat protection, which turns off the power before it reaches dangerous temperatures.
Here are some ways to prevent and prevent overheating to improve the performance and extend the life of your notebook computer.
What to do if your laptop gets hot?
A hot laptop with cooling problems is often difficult to diagnose initially. There are a myriad of reasons why a laptop may feel hot. Therefore, you may need to try several troubleshooting methods before finding the cause. Clean the notebook thoroughly. Fans and vents accumulate a lot of dust, and a dusty fan can prevent the processor from cooling properly.
- Computer fans are usually located on the back or bottom of the laptop. This is the first place to check if your laptop feels hot. Use a cotton swab or compressed air can to pick up dust or blow it out of the vents. If using a compressed air can, tilt the laptop downward to prevent dust from entering other parts of the computer.
- Check (and clean) fans If you feel the computer getting hot, hold your hand over the computer’s ventilation holes. If hot air comes out of the vents, the fan is working. However, if you feel only a little air, the fan may be dusty or not working for some reason. If you can open the computer, you can unscrew the case, locate the fan and blow it out with compressed air (or replace it if it is completely broken). Keep an eye out for intensive processing.
- Finally, minimizing CPU-intensive processes can also help keep your computer cool. For example, loading a Flash-based website will cause the CPU to work harder, get hotter, and spin the fan harder.
To prevent this, use the aforementioned FlashBlock in your browser and only turn on Flash video when you actually need it. Computer games and video encoding programs such as Handbrake are very CPU intensive, so it is best to use these programs on a desktop computer (if you have one) or at night when you don’t have to worry about touching the laptop case.
Keep your laptop away from heat. Finally, exposing a laptop to direct sunlight can cause it to overheat, especially in the summer. High temperatures can cause the computer to overheat, potentially damaging the hard disk and battery. Therefore, it is best to keep your laptop in the shade when temperatures are high. If your laptop shuts down or runs slowly due to overheating, get it repaired as soon as possible.