Many laptops overheat because the fan on the bottom is blocked, and the hard drive then quickly fails. By following this simple step, you can keep your laptop cool and happy.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
- Put a small book or item (like the docking station for your iPod) under your computer's battery when sitting at your desk. This slight tilt allows a lot more air to flow under the laptop, keeping it significantly cooler. Take care not to block the bottom fan hole with this book.
- If a book doesn't help, you can try something more ugly. Try sticking four sockets from an egg tray on four corners of your laptop. Either you can stick them with a sticky tape/masking tape or use hook and loop tape for flexible design.
- Buy a laptop cooling mat. There are many brands to choose from (Thermaltake, Xion, Targus) and are available at computer stores like Best Buy or online from newegg.com.
- Maintain a cool environment. Try keeping your laptop in an air-conditioned or cool area to allow the your system to cool down and prevent it from overheating.
TIPS AND WARNING
- Simply add the spare wire grill tray from your toaster oven or even your regular oven. Balance is perfect and air circulation is just as perfect.
- Don't use your laptop on soft surfaces such as a sofa, carpeting or pillow! Any vents located on the bottom of your laptop will be blocked and airflow will be reduced causing it to overheat. Use a lap desk, tray table or even a wooden cutting board to provide a solid, flat surface to allow proper airflow.
- Use a can of compressed air on your fan once in a month so that any dust or unwanted particles get cleared for the smooth functioning of the fan. Using a vaccum may cause ESD and damage the components to your laptop.
- Be sure to clean out your laptop thoroughly once in while to avoid dust particles entering in places they are not needed.
- Never block the fan for your laptop. Do not block the ventilation under the laptop with the tape.