Over the years, laptops have undergone so much upgrade and advancement, processor got multiplied, and hardware compacted into slim casing, improvement in graphics card resulting into higher resolutions, RAM multiplied and lots more that will exhaust my notepad.
Despite these changes, overheating is a laptop problem that has been difficult to deal with. It seems laptop makers have not been able to get a solution to this. I am still watching out for that day when laptops will remain cold yet had worked for hours.
Overheating causes hardware damage and may result into an irreversible failure of the laptop. Here are some tips on what to check if you discover that you laptop gets hotter than normal.
1. The Internal cooling system
The fan designed to cool down the CPU and graphics card often suck dust and dirt while working and a resultant of retaining heat instead of releasing them. Open up your laptop casing and clean up the fan, you can seek technical assistance if you lack the knowledge on how to open up your laptop.
The process includes dipping cotton wool in drops of alcohol to clean the fan, make sure the alcohol gets evaporated completely before you re-bolt your laptop. You may also make use of a vacuum cleaner or a bottle of compressed air for this cleaning process, simply blow out the dirt from the fan with them.
2. Avoid using your laptop on couching or soft surfaces
The best place to use a laptop is on your lap or on hard surfaces. Laptops are built with ventilation holes which you will find under and at the sides of your laptop. The ventilation holes sucks in fresh air to help the cooling system function well. Couching, Bed or Pillow blocks the holes resulting into overheating of your laptop.
3. Use a laptop Cooler
A laptop cooler compliments the cooling system of your laptop. Most laptops sucks air from the bottom, the warm air rises up. A laptop cooler is designed to sit under the laptop; it is fabricated to suck air away from the PC. You have to place the cooler correctly to maximize its cooling function.
4. Software Fixing
You can also check some programs that has to do with power management and PC performance. Reducing the laptop screen brightness reduces the work load on the CPU. Underclock or Undervolt could be performed n Windows BIOS. Some surface tools could also be employed.