The Complete Guide on How to Fix an Overheating Laptop


CPUs are evolving at an incredible pace, bringing as they do several problems to deal with. Now, prices aside, it’s overheating that we’ll talk about. As manufacturers attempt to alter the architecture and make the most use out of the energy. The problem is still a persistent one.

How serious is overheating for your laptop?

What’s big about this problem, is the fact that it can go from just slowing down your operating speed ( technically slowing down the clock speed) all the way up to melting the interior components of your device. This is why the problem can’t be taken lightly. It’s fair to say that there are several handy things to do to either avoid the problem or reduce its impact.

Software solutions:

1. CPU monitoring applications:

For starters, you can monitor the CPU’s temperature using a monitoring application. There are quite many out there, and they offer detailed information about the CPU’s condition. This way, if you’re in no urgent use of your laptop, you can easily avoid its overheating by shutting it down and letting it rest.

2.Background process cleanup:

Now, of course, that might not be a valid solution for all purposes. So a more software based solution is shutting down all unnecessary processes running in the background. Software makers just love having their Softwares always in use, regardless of whether you need them or not. As a result, you’d get a bunch of programs cutting down the performance, and while you can turn a blind eye to that, the CPU just can’t. That’s why it’s always better to control your start-up processes, as you can find them in the task manager. That way once the OS starts, only the handful programs that you need to use will be running.

3.Decreasing screen brightness:

A simple software solution is reducing the screen’s brightness. It’s not just battery-saving, but the less operating energy used, the less overheating done. It’s an easy and quick approach, but it’s not guaranteed to solve the problem as overheating might be due to something more serious.

Software aside, there are a few hardware solutions as well that might do the trick for you.

Hardware approaches:

1. Optimizing the internal cooling system:

Quite often, your laptop’s internal cooling system would be jammed by the amount of dust it accumulated over time. Over time, layers of dust and particles would form over the fans and their movements become quite heavy. That’s why regular careful cleaning would help the internal cooling system to always be in shape and perform at its best.

2. The surface underneath matters:

The surface you’re placing the laptop on also matters, quite a lot. As most of the laptops suck in the air from the bottom, the surface underneath plays a critical role. A hard and flat surface would keep a steady air flow in and out, while a soft one like pillows and blankets would choke your laptop.

3. External coolers:

The last hardware sanctuary would be buying a cooling pad. They serve as external cooling sources, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and functionalities. Some even use freon-cooling which is not always needed, but sometimes if the laptop is behaving like an oven that would be the suitable option.

One thing to be careful about, though, is the laptop’s air sucking mechanism. Getting the wrong cooling pad would be another nail in the coffin. Laptops differ on whether they suck air in or push air out, and coolers differ accordingly. The only downfall to external coolers is the fact that they increase the laptop’s size since they become an indispensable extension of the laptop.