|Salaris Vorn wrote:
|I use a laptop for my PC gaming needs these days. Thus far it works flawlessly however now that I've gotten into more graphic intense games (TOR and Skyrim) I notice that my fans are sending out a lot of heat.
Now one thing I've done is set the graphic settings to medium or low, eliminating things like super HD shadows I really could care less about (I assume that the lower the graphic settings the less hard my computer has to work and also because I wanted to improve my FPS). I also keep my laptop on after exiting the game and wait until the air being sent out doesn't feel hot.
Anyway I'm somewhat concerned about this heat over the long term as my last laptop died after its internal heat regulator got screwed up and let it run too hot. I really want to do my best to keep my current laptop from meeting an early end. So I was wondering if you guys have suggestions of how I can help my laptop manage the heat better (I've heard of laptop cooling pads/fans but I've never know anyone who used one so I don't know if those are worth buying or what other options there might be).
Ah-ha! Just the type of question I like to answer.
So...heating issues can kill any computer, but laptops are more susceptible than desktops. Desktops are mainly in trouble when they're kept inbetween two items (like in a cabinet or between a wall and a desk). The computer can no longer "breathe", and the dust gets trapped in the machine until it dies. I've seen this numerous times.
But anyway, we're concerned about laptops. What brand do you have? HPs are notoriously susceptible to overheating, and if such is the case, you may need to look into having it cleaned out. I would be happy to do it for you, but I'm afraid I'm a little far away.
Cooling pads are actually excellent for overheating issues, but only if the machine simply tends to get hot from day one. If it's been getting worse and worse as you use it, chances are there is dust building up inside the casing and preventing your fans from keeping up with the temperature. Also, another thing that happens is the thermal compound holding your CPU and graphics chips to their respective heatsinks may have melted/dried out. Although if this is the case I would expect the computer to be shutting off at random moments when the temperature maxed out.
If your laptop has slowly been getting hotter over time, I would put my money on dust being trapped in the case. Simply blowing at the vents or even using compressed air is only marginally helpful. The best way to remove the dust is to take the laptop apart. However...! This is super sensitive, as most machines need to be completely disassembled to get at the problem components. These are rather fragile machines, and I would only recommend attempting it with the utmost care. And even then I don't really want to recommend it. You should find someone (that isn't going to charge you an arm and a leg) who has done this before and knows what they're doing. It should only take about an hour to disassemble the machine, clean it out, and reassemble. Two hours at most. But again, only if one knows what's going on.
Something simple you can do is at least take off all the panels on the back of the machine that you have access to and go at every nook and cranny with a can of compressed air. Try to strategically blow all the dust you can see out of a vent or some other escape route. This will be much better than nothing.
If you don't seem to be having dust issues, but are still getting a hot machine, try the cooling pad. They really do work. I personally recommend the following:
Cooler Master Cooling Pad
It has rearrangeable fans, which makes it perfect for any laptop. You can arrange them wherever your machine is most hot.
Anyway...! I'm not sure if that was helpful or if I just rambled for quite awhile. But feel free to ask for clarification on anything! You definitely don't want your machine getting too hot. Certain components will be irreparable after they've been subjected to high temperatures.
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