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Heat is a problem in every computer, and more so in laptops. With dust accumulation around the computers air vents, fans and poorly applied thermal compound by the manufacture that can break down overtime, heat can increase which will cause problems with the laptop or computer. Dual, Triple and quad core processors now in laptops?? I know they are lower voltage, and MAYBE lower temperatures, but it makes no sense to me.
Installing a temperature monitoring program and having it run I highly advise, ESPECIALLY if you own a laptop. I have seen way to many hardware failures in laptops due to overheating. Temperature monitoring program should be mandatory on laptops. Not so much with desktop systems, but definitely recommended with a laptop!
FREE Temperature Monitoring Software:
– Core Temp: “Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint, yet powerful program to monitor processor temperature and other vital information.”
– Real Temp: “Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors”
– SpeedFan: “SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.”
– PC Wizard: “”PC WIZARD is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis.”
– Speccy: “Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC.”
– Hardware Info Tool: “Professional hardware information and diagnostic tools”.
Install one of these programs above, and monitor the CPU temperature. Checked the “Idle” temperature, “Idle” temperature is when the laptop is just sitting at desktop (0-5% cpu usage), with no programs or browser open or running. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and monitor the “idle” temperature. If the laptop is “idling” at 65-70++ you have a problem, or will have a big problem sooner or later.
Every laptop owner should have one of these temperature monitoring programs installed and running. Core Temp has a nice Windows Side Bar Gadget, the main Core Temp program must be running for this side bar gadget to work though.
As far as laptops go, I do not like seeing laptops operating at over 65 celsius, 70 celsius is getting warm, 80 celsius is overheating, which will, can cause hardware failure on the laptop. Heat is not good on the hard drive in your laptop either! There are some gaming laptops that can take a bit more heat,, but I would still be concerned.
And this photo to the right>>>>
is what I usually find inside, a blocked fan exhaust, this is the MAIN REASON for an overheating HOT laptop. Heat, hot internal air is suppose to pushed through that inside heatsink grill and out of the laptop. Cool air is pulled into the laptop intake vent, and overtime dust, hair, pet hair, food particles and who knows what else begins to build up from being forced against this internal exhaust grill. Laptop now cannot exhaust the heat, and it cannot cool down. ANY laptop will not continue to operate much longer with this excessive heat inside.
Overheating laptops will usually lockup, freeze along with random shut downs. IF it turns back, sometimes takes a few minutes to cool down to turn back on again. Will shut down randomly especially if doing something intensive on the processor – gaming, watching video, virus scan etc. Intermittent colored lines, or colored artifacts or screen screen can sometimes happen also,, usually means the video graphics chip in the laptop could be overheating.
It your laptop is operating above 70 continuously, there is a problem with the cooling system inside and needs to be serviced and repaired ASAP. Otherwise it will cost you much more later on. either in repairs or another laptop.