It’s frustrating when your computer lags while you’re trying to get work done
The question Why does my laptop get so hot? is quite common.
It’s tempting to say, “Please, computer, just shut up and do your job,” when your computer crashes, freezes, or lags. I’m asking you to be patient.
I’m not asking you to be a slave to your work, or to your ideas. I’m asking you to keep working with a computer that is overheating. You know you’re overheating when you put your hand on the computer and it’s warm to the touch.
There’s a problem with the heat circulation in your laptop. And I’m asking you to be flexible because sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s wrong. Sometimes you need someone to tell you that your computer is overheating. Or you need to take your computer apart, clean it up, and figure out what’s broken.
I recommend you listen to Dr. R&B, where he talks about ways to troubleshoot your laptop.
All of these tips are good, and I’m sure you know the ones I’m referring to. But sometimes you have to be persistent in troubleshooting, even if it means putting your computer on a blanket to keep it warm while you work.
1. Use an AC Adapter
You should not only have an AC adapter, but also an extension cord. Keep a spare AC adapter and an extension cord handy. Your laptop may also need a USB to AC adapter. Check out Adafruit’s custom-designed cable if you don’t already have one.
Plug an AC adapter into the socket on your laptop and into an extension cord or power strip. Plug the AC adapter into your laptop. Make sure you’re plugging the extension cord into a power strip with the ground, so you don’t short out your computer.
2. Turn your laptop off and back on. To see what’s going on, your computer should boot normally, at least after a power cycle. The hardest time to diagnose overheating problems is when you’re working. You might not even see your computer slowing down or getting hot.
When your computer is slow or taking a long time to boot up, you should reset it. Your laptop will need to start from a “safe” state before it can be troubleshooted. That’s because if you erase or delete files, you may inadvertently wipe out the operating system, which will put your computer in a reboot mode.
Resetting your computer is easy. Your computer has an easy-to-use startup menu that should come up. If you type “start” in the text box on your start menu, you’ll be taken to the startup menu.
Find the menu for your computer. Choose “Reset…” or “Safe Mode.” Once you get to the startup menu, you should see a choice of three options. Select “Reset.” That’s all. Reboot your computer and your hard drive should load again from its current “safe” state.
3. Use a Timer or Timer App
A timer app is a great tool for troubleshooting overheating problems. Many timers are free to download. The website Geek Tools includes a number of different timers.
Let’s say your computer overheats after 10 minutes of work. Let’s say you’re using a typical laptop battery life test program. When your battery life is over, your computer will reboot. Do you reset it or reboot it?
If you wait 10 minutes and the computer isn’t booting up, you need to take your computer apart. Break off any loose connection on the board. If you’re working with a screwdriver and you have a multimeter, you can quickly find a loose connection and disconnect it. If you’re working with a battery and a multimeter, you should remove any loose connections before you take them apart.
You may also need to take your computer apart to get to any connector you’re unable to plug in. Remove the connector and cut the wires leading to the connector. Then reattach the wires using the ends of a piece of Velcro or electrical tape. It’s not difficult to fix a connector.
My new laptop has a built-in fan but it seems to be blowing hot air rather than cooling it. What is going on?
Firstly, make sure the temperature of your computer doesn’t exceed 60 degrees because this puts more pressure on your system. Secondly, you have an overheating fan at the back of your laptop which is not cooling the processor properly. For a ‘normal’ workload, this would be OK but for your CPU to work overtime (that’s an over-used word) your fans can get into overdrive and overheat the laptop.
With thermal sensors (similar to a car’s anti-lock braking system) you can see your CPU and GPU running faster and faster, which increases your temperature and makes it harder for the fans to cool it. It doesn’t have to be an overheating fan either. Just a noisy one could mean that the battery is less than optimal and you need to buy a new battery.
I try to explain to you Why does my laptop get so hot?
“with good luck, once the batteries are changed the fans will decrease, but you won’t have approached their ‘safe’ temperature. It is usually a manual thing, but some laptops have automatic shut-off systems, but these need to be switched off before the battery is changed so as not to cause overheating in the future.
“To solve this, your notebook will require an extra airflow pipe to the back of the laptop – which will need a few DIY on your part – so that the fan is re-routed back towards the core processor and into the chassis. The result should be much quieter and cooler.
The most common is related to overheating graphics cards. I always recommend just popping the cooler of your GPU in the fridge if it’s too hot.”
Part of the answer is also to check if you have old, misfired, or miswiring fans.
Hope You know the answer Now: Why does my laptop get so hot?
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