There have been several developments that the laptops have undergone since the past few years. These developments have resulted in a steep rise in the performance.
The processors have been multiplied, the cases have become slimmer, the graphics cards are better and the screens are bigger with higher resolutions. These developments do have a downside and that is the overheating issue.
Overheating can result in permanent damage or hardware failure. Here, we will see how you can prevent the overheating issue that will extend the lifespan of your laptop.
Get to know if your laptop is overheating
It is evident that your notebook is hot if the fan is running at maximum speed all the time. You can also experience a drop int eh performance as the CPU cuts back the clock speed in order to reduce the heat pressure. Sometimes, the software might prompt a sudden shutdown that will prevent the hardware damage.
Why your laptop gets overheated?
Overheating is caused due to lack of proper cooling. It could be due to the dust that blocks the grills and vents or the exhaust ports. It could also be due to the clocked up fan or the degenerated thermal grease that is also known as a thermal compound that develops between the processor and the heat sink.
Now, take a look at how you can fix the overheating laptop from here.
Fix the cooling system
The first thing to do when your laptop is overheating is to clear the cooling fan as dust and dirt accumulate over time and slows down and blocks the flow of air. Make sure you shut down the computer, remove the battery and take off the power strip before cleaning the dust.
Use a cotton swab that is dipped in a drop of alcohol to clean the cooling fan. Once the alcohol is completely evaporated, you can reconnect the laptop to the power source. Use a vacuum cleaner to keep the dirt and dust away from the fan.
Clean the exhaust port as well that is at the side of the laptop. There are small intake grills that allow the laptop to suck in air by revolving the fans. You can spray canned air to clean these grills. Apply thermal grease between the processor and the heat sink. Do these after consulting the manufacturer or better take the help of a technician.
Use the laptop on a flat and hard surface
If you use your laptop on a pillow, bed or lap, the flow of air gets disturbed and the cooling will not be optimal. This will result in overheating and the surface will become hot. So, ensure to use the laptop on a flat and hard surface.
Purchase a laptop cooler
Laptop coolers provide additional cooling. Getting the wrong cooler can make the problem worse. You need to understand the flow of air in and out of the laptop before buying a cooler. The cooler under the laptop will suck air away from it and hence keep the overheating issue away.