Answer by geekomatic · Nov 15, 2012 at 09:57 AM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Nov 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM
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)
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