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Is Your Laptop Overheating? - 12 Tips To Prevent Overheating

Is my laptop overheating? I am sure anyone who owns a laptop has asked themselves this question at one time or another. You know the scenarios; your computer starts to run slow, it crashes a lot, it is hot to the touch, start-up time is slower, etc.

There are a whole bunch of reasons why you would think your laptop may be overheating and because this is such a common problem I have decided to write an article on some of the heating causes and what you can do to prevent it.

Desktop personal computers in general heat up but because they are much larger there is more room for the air, from its internal fan, to circulate. With laptops this isn't the case mainly because of their size. They are smaller, meaning all the components need to be compacted into this little space leaving very little room for good airflow.

Just like desktops, laptops are equipped with internal fans. These work fine during general laptop use but what if you are working with powerful software? An example would be design or editing programs which put a lot of pressure on the computer's CPU. You will notice your laptop heat up much quicker and for a longer period of time.

What can we do to prevent overheating in the first place?

1. If you are looking to buy a new laptop you can avoid overheating concerns by researching the different models available before you buy. Certain brands and models are well known for having overheating issues. There are many factors involved such as processor type, cooling system type, ventilation and items such as video cards can increase the laptop heat as a whole.

2. During your product research check to see where the fan expels air from the casing. Will it be blocked by resting the laptop on your lap, or hindered by putting the computer flat on a desk? These are obvious warning signs that the model is badly designed and could eventually be susceptible to overheating issues.

3. Is your laptop just hot or actually overheating? It's a common misconception that if a laptop gets hot it is overheating, If you think your laptop is actually overheating keep an eye on the temperature of your laptop by using monitoring software regularly. Normal core temperatures in laptops should range between 35 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius, give or take a couple degrees. If this reaches anything higher than your in danger. Normally 55 degrees Celsius is the problem point.

4. Take note of the environment you are working in. For example, working in a shaded, air-conditioned room will probably keep your laptop cooler than if you were working in a small, stuffy room on a hot day with the sun bursting through the window directly at your computer.

5. Keep your laptop clean! Make sure to dust it often as the fan has to work extra hard when there is extra dust inside the computer. If you dust regularly, the fan will not experience as much wear and tear. When your computer is turned off, use canned air to blow short bursts of air into the fan vent to blow out any dust particles. Also use the canned air to blow out any other vents or openings that lead into the computer's insides.

6. Illegal software, bugs, viruses, etc compromise the performance of your computer and can cause your system to overheat frequently. To minimize the amount of processing your CPU is doing at one time regularly run anti-spyware and anti-virus software.

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