What are the causes of PC overheating and how to avoid it?
A computer’s high heat output means it is overloaded or its fans have a problem. However, the latter are easy to repair, we explain how
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Is your PC getting hot? Here are some tips to cool it down.
When you first turn on your laptop, it should be cool to the touch and ready to use.
Performing a few intensive tasks, or playing graphically demanding games, and this can change quickly to the point that keeping the device on your lap is no longer possible due to the heat of its shell.
Ensuring that a device is kept at a reasonable temperature means that damage to internal components can be avoided. So here are some simple ways to keep your laptop cool.
Why does a computer overheat?
Heat from a laptop is most often generated by the processor and other components that are heated as they are used.
For example, if you are browsing Facebook, the heat should be minimal, but if you are playing 3D games in Windows 10 while transcoding a video in the background, the PC works much harder and gets hotter in no time.
Manufacturers counteract this recurring problem by placing fans inside, which rotate when the laptop reaches certain temperature levels, creating an airflow that cools the components.
That’s why laptops also get louder as they get hotter.
Cleaning of fans and air ducts
Fans are essential to keep your laptop cool. So it is important to check them regularly to see if they are not clogged with dust and dirt.
Unfortunately, on many laptops, the fans are deep in the computer, where they cannot be reached.
If you manage to do this and they are very dusty, then a little cleaning, with a dust collection nozzle, can solve the problem in a few minutes.
Compressed air dust pumps are also a good way to remove dirt embedded in your fans.
The other area to keep clean is the ventilation slots and vents, which allow the warm air to escape. These are usually located on the side or underneath the laptop.
Give them the same attention as the fans and hopefully you will see – an improvement in the temperature of your laptop.
Keep your laptop ventilated, to avoid overheating a computer.
If you like to use your laptop on the couch, in bed, or anywhere other than a desk, sometimes this can lead to heat build-up. Blankets, cushions, and other items can clog the air ducts.
Therefore, it is preferable to have a carpet, or a laptop cooling plate. These are essentially supports that are placed on the lap, which thanks to their fans keep the device cool.
Our other advice would also be to avoid working with the PC outside in case of intense heat.
Can software make a PC overheat?
Sometimes your laptop can be overloaded with software, requiring more of your processor, RAM and hard drives.
The fastest way to find out what’s going on is to use the task manager. To open it, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time.
You will see a list of all the programs in operation, with the amount of resources allocated to each program.
If an application seems to take up more resources than it should, then you can leave it, or restart it.
Sometimes the problem is Windows, so try to identify exactly what process or program is using too much CPU, and look it up online for specific guidance on how to fix it.
Checking your laptop’s fan speed
Your last alternative is to change the fan configuration of your pc through the BIOS (Fan target, Fan speed…) or a third party software like SpeedFan.
Either method can often allow you to set certain thresholds, your PC will automatically start the cooling process earlier to avoid heat build-up and to better control your exhaust.
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