Tips for Preventing Your Laptop From Overheating
By Paula Brett
My laptop is so hot you could fry an egg on it. Sadly, that's not a clever euphemism
for "wow, my laptop's on fire cos I'm churning out so much work"! My laptop really is
like Mount Vesuvius, waiting to erupt at any minute!
For the past month or so, every time I put my laptop on my lap, I ended up with
scorched thighs, which I can assure you, isn't a pretty sight! I know Rod Stewart opined
on the virtues of Hot Legs, but this is ridiculous!
I've never really been a "laptoppy" person until August last year, when just before I
was due to whizz off on holiday, my PC decided to have a hairy fit and start spewing blue
screens of death at me and all sorts of other technical unmentionables -arrghh!
So I took the bull by the horns and steamed into my nearest store and grabbed a laptop
that I thought looked rather attractive. I know, attractiveness is not a good criteria to
choose a laptop but I was pretty desperate and it was just as good as Eeny Meeny Miny Mo!
Now up until a couple of weeks ago, all was well with Lysander the laptop, he was a
rather spritely boy and I became rather addicted to him. In fact, he encouraged me to
become terribly lazy. Who could be bothered to fire up the old PC and sit perched there as
winter was approaching, enduring frozen fingers and toes, when Lysander was beckoning me
enticingly; positively luring me to jump on the couch, cover my feet with a quilt and flip
his enormously attractive lid?
But, suddenly, inexplicably I thought, the laptop started to cut out. Black screen...
nothing! Bizarre. I couldn't start him up again he just wouldn't put out.
At first I thought I'd got one of those deadly viruses - blamed Thing 1 and Thing 2 for
downloading dodgy games and getting me infected.
Every day, this would happen more and more. Depending on what I was doing on the
computer, it would just shut down with no warning. If I was watching a video I could hear
the fan chugging and working like a Trojan. If I was running a few programs at once, woah,
the fan was working overtime and that thing was heating up like a pubescent boy at a Miss
World beauty contest.
The mouse pad was turning into a ceramic hob and the underneath of the laptop was
growing more pyroclastic by the minute giving me more than just a sharp crease in my trousers!
Time to hit Google, type in my model name and number and see what happens.
Phew. How comforting. there were tons of people who were all experiencing the same
problem as me. It's odd, isn't it, how you always feel better when you find other people
that are having the same problems as you - you just don't feel so alone, somehow!