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My laptop keeps overheating just after the restart. How do i fix this?

asked Nov 14 '12 at 15:19

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Daniel Colthart

edited Nov 21 '12 at 18:06

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Fogarty ♦♦

It may be as simple as dust, or it could be dried thermal compound no longer doing it's job (or both). Did the laptop just start overheating during the 8 install, or did it overheat before?

I've had some laptops where the dust could be blasted out with canned air/compressor- other times, I had to open the unit to extract a very thick, dense, "dust-sponge" that simply wouldn't budge with conventional methods. Would it kill laptop makers to place a stupid removable cover over the fan area so they could be cleaned by the end-user for Pete sake?! (personal peeve of mine).

If you try the air/vacuum & it continues to overheat, you may have no choice but to locate a schematic of your laptop & disassemble it to properly clean it.

Good luck!

answered Nov 15 '12 at 07:57

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If your laptop is overheating then make sure that you are regularly cleaning the laptop heatsink (clean it at least every 3-6 months by using a vacuum cleaner hose on the bottom vent to suck the dust out)

answered Nov 14 '12 at 16:29

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But make sure that the vacuum isn't too close to the laptop, because the static electricity that a vacuum outputs could damage some parts.

(Nov 14 '12 at 20:36) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Vacuum's work?! Damn, then I should stop buying that $7 compressed air every 6 months or so.

(Nov 14 '12 at 21:00) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

for me I use it on the bottom of my laptop andon my acer laptop after the warranty ended (a little over a year), I took it apart to replace the thermal compound with arctic silver 5, and there was no dust buildup that would clog the fins. (had the laptop for about 3 years now and it is used constantly (as a secondary computer and as a security camera DVR) I personally clean the heatsink every 2-3 months (sometimes sooner if I feel like it.

As for compressed air, i mainly use it on motherboards and any large area that I need to work on as it is better able to remove fine dust particles that will stick to some surfaces (good to use if you are are installing an additional pci or pci-e device to a system that is a few months+ old

(Nov 16 '12 at 01:27) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

well you could turn it off for a while to give it time to cool down

answered Nov 14 '12 at 21:57

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I personally wouyld install Linux Mint13 on the laptop.

answered Nov 14 '12 at 21:26

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does not solve the issue

(Nov 19 '12 at 08:44) trueb trueb's gravatar image
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