With AGING in laptops comes OVERHEATING. With this post, I will HELP YOU figure out what’s causing the heat and how to keep your notebook functioning at a relatively lower temperature.
Overheating computers can really cause a lot of problems; from Random blue screen crashes to Data Loss. You might barely realize that Overheating is the Root of your issues and before you know it, you have a burnt-out motherboard in your hands.
Let’s go step by step and see how you can deal with an Overheating computer. I will primarily focus on laptops, but the same principles apply to desktop computers as well.
Soft warning: Before MESSING around with HARDWARE, kindly ensure youhave BACKED UP your important DATA.
Check air flow and heat transfer
Laptops need a way to expel the hot air created by their components, just like in desktop PCS. No AIR FLOW means NO HEAT TRANSFER. First step should be figuring out where the air vents ARE LOCATED.
Most laptops have the vents at THE BOTTOM, while others, esp the Thicker models ON THE BACK PANEL.
While the laptop is running – especially a RESOURCE DEMANDING software – check if the outflow vents are blowing out hot air and the intake vents are letting air in. If you are no feeling much air flow at all, the common cause is an accumulation of dust in the vents, fans and Cooling channels. It is not actually as Complicated as it sounds. Turn you laptop upside-down and see what you have got.
You MAY be able to get by with just by blowing the dust from the vents using a can of compressed air. If your laptop has fans that are easily accessible through panels you can remove, unscrew those panels and lift out the fan so that you can blow the DUST OUT even BETTER!
While the fan is out, ENSURE to BLOW out the AREA where the fan SITS, as well.
If you find that a fan is SPINNING ERRATICALLY, you MAY WANT to try LIFTING the sticker off the axle and putting a drop of MINERAL OIL to keep it going. You can ALSO USE contact cleaner, which is designed to EVAPORATE QUICKLY and leave NO residue.
If you find that that YOUR FAN is TOO GUMMED UP with DUST or OTHER debris and doesn’t SPIN FREELY, you can also try to look up the part number from your laptop’s user manual or by searching your laptop MODEL NUMBER online. Once you have that, you CAN FIND replacements PRETTY EASILY on AMAZON and the Like.
There are plenty of different types of batteries, and many different SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT on battery maintenance and life span, but one thing that seems PRETTY UNANIMOUS is that batteries are not meant to be STORED at 100 Percent or 0 Percent Capacity. I know PLENTY OF PEOPLE who buy Laptops and ALWAYS Keep the Charger in ( THAT WAS ME :D) – Never actually using the Battery. This can Definitely reduce a Battery’s life span, since you are Essentially storing the battery when it is full. Bad batteries DON’T JUST GIVE OUT all of a sudden! As they slowly get LESS EFFICIENT ( to their Grave i.e Until they finally die), they can Generate A LOT OF heat.
You can buy replacement batteries pretty easily online—even for older laptops. You just need to know the model your computer and battery. If you can’t find a replacement, you could also consider using your laptop as a desktop by removing the overheating battery completely from the equation.
If you have eliminated DIRTY AIR VENTS and a dying battery as your problem, then you might have a MORE PERSISTENT HEAT ISSUE. Sometimes a dusty hard drive can cause heat problems and DATA LOSS. Some Laptops just “Run hot”, even WITHOUT a major load on the CPU. Try cleaning out these areas as best as you can before you move on to another solution.
Dust under the Processor and RAM doors to get rid of any dust and debris. If you have got a NETBOOK or a Laptop without compartments underneath, things might be more difficult. You should be able to find instructions for getting the back off so you can clean things properly, but it often involves a fair bit of disassembly.
If you suspect your computer’s heat is realted to PROCESSING LOAD rather than hardware, you can try some tricks to better manage those processes. Open windows Task Manager to see what is USING your CPU so INTENSIVELY. Try also to LIMIT what apps start automatically with windows and even charge order of the startup processes that are Necessary. Staggered loading of software will help balance your PROCESSOR’S LOAD.
You can also INSTALL and RUN Process Explorer to SEE THE FILES that each process has open and its assosiated CPU usage over time. This helps you to decide what to get rid of and what to Put Up With. You can use CLEANMASTER for PC to clean up junk files.
To check on the TEMPERATURE of your laptop, use a Software such as SPECCY and others .
If you are a LINUX USER, consider using a More SPARTAN DISTRO. For example, Crunchbang.
Habits such as Browsing in Bed can CAUSE OVERHEATING ISSUES. Most laptops are DESIGNED with their AIRVENTS on THE BOTTOM, so setting the laptop down on Carpets or Soft bedding for PROLONGED USE is DISCOURAGED! The laptop QUICKLY HEATS UP when those vents are Blocked.
Want a way out? Consider BUYING A LAPTOP COOLING PAD to keep the airflow Unobstructed. (Especially the POWERED ONES to help direct Cool air into the Underside Vents of your laptop.
If your laptop is unusable, please consider Repurposing it. The compact motherboards fit great inside Older and Smaller computer cases and cardboard boxes. These BUILDS are GREAT for IN-DRAWER HTPCs, CLOSET SERVERS or Under-the-desk mounted workstations.
Regulate AIR-FLOW better and Mount some STANDARD COMPUTER FANS e.g in the back and sides of the drawer or desk.
I hope that this Article has SOLVED a Problem or brought More insight! Cheers!!