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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

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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

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This is very true and a good idea to take a look into. I just wanted to add to your thoughts as well josephLtech While cleaning the exhaust fan and heat sink take a look at the same time if it is accessible as well the fan for the CPU. See if it is making any kind of funny noise from it. Making it sound like it could be the ball bearings in it as well that might be failing. I have seen on a number of occasions where the bearing would almost fail on the fan causing it to start to over heat on the CPU as well as having a lot of gunk on the heat sink as well. Might be another indication for this and fans can be replace if they are available for replacement.

(Jan 20 '12 at 16:18) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

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

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