Overheating laptops and fix
The problem of overheating laptops has existed for many years. The reason is quite simple. Manufacturers of laptops have tried to make their product smaller and smaller. To achieve their goal, they need to make the components such as the motherboard, hard drive, etc smaller and smaller. They also need to put all these parts closer together. The microprocessor, motherboard and hard drive they all produce heat. The closer they are to one another, the more concentrated the heat.
Why do laptops overheat
Fans that are built into laptops to cool these components can not work effectively in such dense spaces. Add to this the fact that it’s difficult to get the heat out, and you have overheating laptops. When the computer overheats, it will most likely fail. Here are some tips that you should know that will help you prevent overheating of your Apple laptop.
Fix Internal Cooling
The first and most important thing you need to do when your laptop overheats are to clean the fans that provide cooling of the processor and video card. Over time, they create layers of dust and dirt that slow them down and block the air flow. Check with your laptop’s manual or manufacturer to find out how you can open the laptop to access and clean these parts.
Before attempting any cleanings, however, follow these steps:
- Turn off the computer
- Remove the battery
- Unplug the power strip
- Ground yourself
- Thoroughly clean the fans with a cotton swab dipped in a drop of alcohol. Before connecting the laptop to the power source, make sure that the alcohol has completely evaporated.
You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dirt that clocks up the fans. To avoid damage to the fan, do not allow it to rotate in the wrong direction. If you want to use canned air to clean the fan, stop the rotation of the fan while holding it.CPU heatsink and laptop fan then, you can clean the exhaust port by sucking out the air with a vacuum cleaner. The exhaust port is usually located on the side of the laptop. This is a hole that blows hot air. Entry grates are small openings that allow air to be sucked into a laptop by revolving fans. They can sit on the sides or at the bottom of your laptop. To clean the intake grilles, spray them with canned air. Finally, you can apply fresh thermal grease to the interface between the processor and its heatsink. Again, consult your laptop’s manual or manufacturer for instructions on how to disassemble these components.
2. Keep the Laptop on a Hard and Flat Surface
Most laptops suck cooling air through their bottoms. Uneven surfaces, such as a blanket, pillow or knees, interfere with your laptop’s airflow. Subsequently, the cooling is broken, heat accumulates, the surface of your laptop heats up, the temperature of the intake cooling air increases, and eventually the laptop overheats.
This scenario is easily avoided by holding the laptop on a hard and flat surface. You can use something as simple as a tray, or get a special notebook holder or knees holder. Personally, I use a bamboo laptop table like the one below to surf the couch:
3. Invest in a Laptop Cooler or Cooling Pad
Laptop coolers are designed to provide additional cooling. However, the wrong cooler can actually aggravate the problem. Before you buy a cooler, you need to understand the flow of air in and out of your laptop.
As mentioned above, most laptops suck up air for cooling from below. This makes sense because warm air rises. However, the cooler, which sits under the laptop and sucks air out of it, does not contribute to cooling the laptop and rather accelerates overheating. If your laptop has intake grilles below, buy a cooler that blows cool air upward, that is, into a laptop. You can also get a passive cooler that does not consume energy and simply absorbs heat.
What are the Potential Software Fixes?
If none of the hardware fixes result in long-term improvements, you can also go back to software fixes that affect the performance and power consumption of the laptop. However, eliminating excess heat with a software fix means that you are refusing performance in favor of maintaining the equipment. You can reduce the screen brightness or decrease the processor clock speed. In Windows, underclocking or undervolting is done in the BIOS, but it can also be controlled by software.