tech: My Laptop is always So Hot, What Can I Do About It?
Your laptop overheats frequently and freezes off. You spend hours letting it cool and then again switch it ON only to find the same problem affecting it again and again. This is one of the most common complaints encountered frequently in our daily lives. In this article, we will have a look at why laptops overheats and what are the steps to resolve the problem.
The cooling of the CPU(Central Processing Unit), otherwise referred to as "The Chip" or to laymen "The Brain" of the laptop is a dilemma that most manufacturers have to face when designing a laptop enclosure (casing) and choosing the correct CPU for it. The cooling is normally performed by a fan and some kind of metal conductor like copper or aluminum called a heat sink.
Why a Laptop Overheats?
The problem is that over time dust and other particles clog the vents, fan and exhaust port or radiator of the system thus restricting air flow and cooling. Remember: In the computer world - DUST DESTROYS!
There is however another hidden problem that occurs when computers (laptops) heat up or overheat. They tend to dry out the thermal compound that conducts the heat thus causing the system to overheat more quickly.
In case, you have a laptop which is constantly restarting or rebooting, the problem might be overheating. The signs of an overheating laptop may include but are not limited to rebooting for no reason; loud fan noises and shut down on several occasions. Some people attribute the reason for laptop overheating to failure in the ventilator system of the laptop.
However, in the current era, most of the brands are very cautious about their design so this type failure rarely occurs. Another common reason for laptop overheating is the accumulation of dust in the inside area obstructing the flow of ventilation. Technically, laptops also overheat due to their inherent designing particularly because of a lot of miniaturization that occurs. A lot of chips are stuffed inside a cramped space making the products more prone to overheating.
Detecting and Fixing an Overheating Laptop
Here are some simple ways to resolve overheating problems in laptop.
1. Cooling Pads: It is a good habit to place a cooling pad under the laptop when you're using it. While it may not always be possible to carry the cooling pads with you, it is essential that you use it if you are watching a movie or working on your system for long hours.
2. Clean the Exhaust System: With some caution and care, you can clean the inside area of your exhaust system and ventilators. Once in a few months, you can go to a computer technician and get it cleaned from inside.
3. Avoid Dusty Area: Check the areas where you use your laptop. If dust creeps inside area of laptop, it leads to improper ventilation.
4. Work in a Low Temperature Area: Always work in an area where the temperature is not very high. If you have additional fans or air conditioners you should switch them ON to maintain a decent temperature.
5. Unplug Power System: It is a good advice to unplug your computer frequently from time to time when you are using it. If you don't unplug it, overheating is bound to happen.
6. Avoid Metallic/Cushion Surface: Always prefer to keep your laptop on wooden surface rather than on metallic/cushion surface as the heat may be absorbed and emitted back into the laptop by these materials.
7. Low System Configuration: It is important not to install certain programs if your laptop is below the minimum system specification (e.g. RAM size, Processor- Speed, Type) required to run such programs effectively. Also, running too many programs at the same time on your laptop with low RAM size could lead to overheating.
In case, the overheating problems don't go over time, you should contact our Tech-Blog admin.