Does your laptop hate you? Growling at you angrily whenever you’re watching your favorite movie or playing a game? If it does then you might not be giving it enough space to cool down.
If laptop is running hot, it’s not good for you or your precious gadget.
Notebooks are designed to pack the most in a limited amount of space. What happens when you squeeze together a bunch of computer parts together in the size of a small box? Everything either runs at sub-optimal capacity or overheats.
To solve that problem, laptop makers add heat vents and a bunch of fans to keep everything running smoothly. Unfortunately for us folks in Pakistan, the summer heat robs us of that convenience.
Here’s how you can keep your laptop cool and avoid overheating or damaging it.
No Laps or Uneven Surfaces
Despite their name, laptops should not be placed on your lap while you’re using them. It can potentially block the air vents, trapping the heat inside your notebook.
The best option here is to use a laptop stand or placing something underneath it to elevate the thing. You can use a small book for this but make sure it doesn’t block the vents.
Alternatively you can also place it on a smooth flat surface.
Buy a Cooling Pad or Fan It
If the first option didn’t work out well you can buy a cooling pad instead. If you’re the experimental type or on a budget (or both) you can try making one. There are plenty of guides on YouTube for a DIY cooling pad for laptops.
Another option is placing a standing/pedestal fan near your laptop if you can’t buy/make a cooling pad.
Clean it Inside Out
Ah dust, the enemy of all things electronic.
Pakistanis are all too familiar with the menace of dust gathering on stuff all the time. If dust gathers inside your laptop’s vents, fans it can block the airflow.
Be sure to get your laptop cleaned by a laptop service person or from a repair shop every once in a while. Once every two months should be enough.
If you’re on a budget or can’t be bothered to go to a laptop repair shop, you can try doing it yourself. Use a compressed can of air to spray short bursts of air inside the vents. You can also use your mom’s hairdryer for this too.
It is advised that you get it thoroughly cleaned out by an experienced repairman though.
Check and Adjust Settings
Reducing the workload on your laptop can also help lower the temperature. Changing your power plan to balanced or power saver decreases the performance of your notebook which can also reduce heat issues.
You can try other things as well such as:
- Lowering your screen brightness
- Unplugging unnecessary USB devices
- Closing apps that use up CPU
An important thing to note here is that some laptops have a high speed/loud fan by default. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your laptop is overheating. If you get frequent crashes or abrupt shutdowns coupled with high fan speed, then you may have a problem on your hands.
Monitoring the fan speed of your laptop can help in this case. Download SpeedFan to monitor temperatures and fan speeds.
Leave it Idle
This one may be obvious but giving your laptop a rest can also help cool it down. Frequently turning it off and on is not recommended. If you turned on your laptop for a quick edit on Microsoft Word or for checking your mail, you should leave it on for a while.
Have any other tips or ideas for cooling your laptop/notebook? Feel free to comment below.