I have a spare laptop (HP Compaq about 1-2 years old) and it gets so hot and sometimes shuts-down due to overheating.
Any suggestion to help it stay cool. I have tried USB fans by the way.
asked Jan 20 '12 at 11:17
Try dusting out the Exhaust fans, and heat sinks, and any other areas where there is any dust buildup. I once had one that needed dusting and after I did that core temps dropped an average of 20 degrees F
answered Jan 20 '12 at 13:36
Many laptops nowadays have faulty thermal compound applied to the CPU. Consider opening up the machine and check if there's too much applied. Consider changing the compound to something better. A small vessel of arctic silver costs like 7€ and might do wonders. I've lowered the temperature by 30-40K by reapplying compound.
answered Jan 20 '12 at 15:36