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How I protect my toshiba satellite notebook PC from overheating

Updated on June 28, 2012

Why laptop overheats?

Overheating may happen to your laptop or notebook PC and cause system failure or damage to the device. Although laptop is now affordable to almost everybody, it is still a significant investment for your writing or online business particularly if you have hundreds or even thousands of articles, photos and videos that you keep inside the notebook PC.
Therefore, it is important for you to prevent overheating from happening to your computer. To protect your PC from overheating, please, follow the guidelines below:

  • Never cover your PC or AC adaptor with any object

Laptop or notebook PC users often use their computer in the bedroom where such objects as pillow, blanket, magazines and other personal stuffs are around. Make sure that your blanket does not cover your PC or AC adaptor when it is running.


Vent holes under Toshiba Satellite L505-S6946
Vent holes under Toshiba Satellite L505-S6946

Notebook PC

Toshiba Satellite L505-S6946
Toshiba Satellite L505-S6946

Never block the air vents or ventilation holes of your notebook PC

I have a notebook PC. Toshiba Satellite is my working companion. It is a very versatile computer. I use it for hubbing, blogging, chatting with friends, surfing on the internet, and many other works. Sometimes I use it when I am on the bed because it is one of the most comfortable place to work. But later I found that it is not good using the computer by placing it on the spring bed. Why? Because the bed is made of soft material. When I place the notebook PC on the bed, the air vent of the device will be blocked.

  • Don't use your PC or laptop for too long

Your PC may suffer overheating if you use it for too long, say 8 hours continuously. I suggest that for every two hours working in front of your computer screen, you need to take a break for at least 30 minutes. This is good both for your health and your notebook PC.

  • Don't put your PC near heat source

You may work in a room where there is an electric blanket, air heater or stove near you. Move your desk so that both the adaptor or your notebook PC is located in a safe distance from those heat sources. By doing that, you have prevented your notebook PC from overheating.
If you are not sure about where the vents of your notebook PC are, please, lift your PC and see them. The vents are located under the computer and also at the left or right side of your notebook PC. Whether your notebook or laptop is Toshiba Satellite or other types, protecting your computer is important for your long term blogging or writing investment.

  • Mobile Computing

Laptop, notebook PC or netbook is a portable electronic device. You can bring it everywhere you go. If you visit a place in the desert, always put your computer in its casing to prevent dust from entering the ventilation holes. While operating your laptop on battery power, please, activate or set the computer to run in energy saving features. With these features, you can use your notebook PC for longer periods while traveling without overheating the device.

  • Drilling additional holes

In a very rare case, you can drill more holes underneath your laptop to provide more ventilation to your computer. You can do it if you really know the architecture or design of your computer. Drilling additional holes may cause fatal damage to your laptop if you hit some electronic components inside the CPU. If you are not so sure what to do with your overheating computer, just go to the nearby computer repair shop and ask the advice of the technicians there. He will tell you what you need to do to save your computer or laptop. by Charles Roring


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      6 years ago

      Mine over heats even if its just on a desk... why the vents are on the bottom of a LAPtop I'll never know! Will never buy a Toshiba again :(

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      6 years ago

      thanks for the article, helped me avoiding overheating.

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      Siju George 

      8 years ago

      I like your article especially the advice to take a break after every 2 hours. Most of the laptop users fails to understand the importance of taking rest from continues usage of laptop.

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      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      What an educational article. Thanks for the thorough explanation as well as the pic. I have a greater understanding of the importance of keeping a laptop as cool as possible.


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