The invention of laptops has changed the tech world distinctly. There are so many pros of laptops like its portability and ability to run without connecting power supply, but apart from these the one major problem with laptops is that they overheat so much. Laptop overheating is a common problem that is faced by so many users but it doesn’t mean that you should avoid this problem because it will cause very serious problem to your laptop like CPU damage, laptop bending due to heating and also causes instability. Yesterday I was playing GTA V and my laptop’s temperature was 104 degrees Celsius and my laptop was not responding and after a while, it turned off instantly. This happened because adobe after-effects was running in the background and both of them has increased the CPU usage to 100% but 104 degrees is very high even with 100% usage.
Here in this article, I have listed all the effective solutions for fixing laptop overheating.
1. Upgrade your Windows version.
Every version of windows comes with some bugs and updates fixes some of the bugs. There is always a chance that you are affected with a bug in your windows version that increases the CPU usage of your CPU to 70-80% because of some un-optimized apps and when you run other apps the CPU usage rises to 100% and causes overheating, the main cause of overheating is inefficient cooling but when the CPU usage is 100% for a long time then the CPU temperature rises slowly even with efficient cooling system. So in this condition, the only solution is to update the windows version but before updating you should check your CPU usage in task manager.
2. Invest in a good Cooling Pad.
Cooling pads are great for cooling down a laptop. They are designed to pour air to the laptop through the laptop’s ventilation but the cheap ones with only one fan are of no good because one fan cannot give the full coverage of your laptop, cooling pads with 5 fans are every efficient you should consider buying them instead of 1 fan.
Vacuum cooler is also very good and even some of them comes with smart temp monitor that sense the laptop’s temp and increases or decreases the fan speed accordingly, but the problem is that they are very noisy because of the small fan it runs at very high rpm.
3. Drying of thermal paste.
Thermal paste is a heat conducting compound used in CPU and GPUs for better heat conductivity. Thermal compound gets dry after 2-4 years and after that, the laptop cannot radiate heat the way it should. There are so many thermal paste available in the market with different price range but all are not same and they don’t contain same materials, if you want very good efficiency then you should consider a gaming thermal paste. When searching for thermal paste you might come across thermal pads and if you are thinking of buying it over the thermal paste, don’t buy it thermal pads conduct less heat than thermal paste.
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4. Clean the cooling fan.
The cooling fan on laptop runs whenever the temperature goes high and when some dust falls on the fan and doesn’t get out then it jams the fan and the fan cannot run at full speed thus the laptop starts to overheat due to insufficient cooling. You can check you fan rpm though bios and compare to its stock speed to check if it is running at its full speed.
If you found that your fan is running at lower speed, then you should clean the fan. The process of cleaning the fan includes the laptop’s body to be taken off and unscrew the fan from the motherboard, so I advise you to take your laptop to a technician and ask him to clean the cooling fan.
5. Update your bios.
Bios is the basic input output system of a computer; it handles the power management of your computer. If the bios is not managing the power properly and giving more power to CPU then the laptop will overheat. In this case, you need to update the bios to fix this problem but it is very rare that the bios is buggy and doesn’t manage power properly.
Note: Please keep in mind that Bios update is rarely needed and should be updated when needed.
6. Underclock the CPU.
If you have tried everything to save your laptop from overheating, then this is the last option you have to lower the temperature of your laptop. As the term ‘underclock’ indicates, it means lowering the CPU speed of your laptop. By lowering the clock speed of your CPU the CPU will generate less heat but will generate less heat. Underclocking the CPU will lower the CPU performance and it is not recommended for laptops running weak CPU. As like desktops, manufacturers do not allow laptops to overclock or underclock the CPU through bios. So the only way to underclock the CPU is to use a 3rd party software like Intel extreme utility. Always be careful while experimenting with CPU voltages because there is always a risk of damaging the CPU.
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