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How to Prevent Overheating Laptops

Updated on October 14, 2009

Overheating laptop

Cooling overheating laptops can prevent over 80% of laptop failures caused by general use.
Cooling overheating laptops can prevent over 80% of laptop failures caused by general use.

Overheating Laptops - The Basics

With todays ever advancing technology, laptops are becoming faster, and hotter.  While nearly every single laptop maker out there is bringing out faster spec laptops, none of them seem to be concerned with cooling, which can reduce a laptops full efficiency lifespan in as little as 6 months.

Overheating laptops are often caused by faulty internal fans, build up of dust, high temperature components, and bad design.  Unfortunately it is near impossible to fix any of these yourself, and often is not worth it, especially if the laptop is still under warrenty.

Replacing the laptop under warrenty is often teh easiest way of solving overheating laptop problems.  However do you really want to send your laptop back to be replaced every six months? I know to me, that would be an inconceivable inconvenience.

While many people may be irked by spending further money on a laptop which should work, you have to come to terms with the fact that most high powered laptops cannot be cooled by their own internal workings alone.  For this reason it is important that you find a new source of improving your laptops cooling to prevent overheating, which could potentially ruin your expensive laptop.

Compressed Air - A Temporary Solution

Using compressed air on your laptop can be a cheap temporary solution for preventing overheating laptops.  Blowing compressed air through the vents around the laptop can remove dust build up around heat sinks on your laptop, as well as fan bearings.  This can be a great temporary way to fix laptop overheating.

Unfortunately using compressed air will not help significantly if your laptops internal fans have begun to fail, or if the problem is caused by too few internal fans.

Laptop Coolers - A Great Way to Cool Your Laptop

If like me you have got to the stage where you are blowing air in to your laptop every five minutes to keep the laptop running, it is time for a more permanant solution.

Laptop Coolers are the perfect way to prevent laptop overheating without breaking the bank, costing between $10 - $70 you can get a wide range of laptop coolers to help prevent, and reduce heat in laptops.  This is great news for those who have jsut started to suffer from laptop overheating, or already have significant laptop heat problems.

I wrote up my Top Ten Laptop Coolers to help you choose between the various types, and hope this comes in useful for those of you trying to cool their laptop!

In my opinion laptop coolers are the only real way to permenantly fix problems caused by overheating laptops.  Laptop coolers are cheap, portable, and easy to use.  They are also the only way to reduce laptop temperatures by between 4 and 30 degrees.

Preventing an Overheating Laptop Conclusion

All in all while compressed air can help allieviate overheating problems with laptops, laptop coolers will always be the best solution. If you are suffering from an overheated laptop you can pick up a cheap laptop cooler on Amazon or Ebay, for an instantly cooler laptop!

Using a cheap laptop cooler can greatly increase the life expectancy of your laptop, as well as helping maintain a fast laptop, and preventing hard drive failure.

Laptops have plenty of problems, and nearly all of them are caused by overheating! 

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      8 years ago

      I thought you had a page that showed what happened to a laptop if it overheats, but I can't find it. Can you guide me to that page on this site?

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I have a lot of problems with my laptop overheating hence no one really wants to have it on their lap... I think I'll go with option B....get a laptop cooler! thanks for a really nice hub. Well done and nicely put together! I need all the computer advice I can get...haha!

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      After buying a laptop cooler i noticed that my notebook had become significantly cooler, my next step is adding a CPU heatsink to the transformer, that thing gets HOT!


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