- On October 6, 2014
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Computers are dust magnets and unfortunately, the two don’t mix. Dust blocks vents, hence restricting air flow, which results in overheating. Overheating damages electronic components.
Laptops usually bear the brunt of this because everything is tightly packed and ventilation is limited. If your laptop is really warm to touch and shuts off intermittently, you may have an overheating problem. This is a protective measure so the computer doesn’t damage itself. Extend the life of your computer and get a Dust Removal.
Why is your computer overheating?
There are many reasons for this.The vents & fans are most likely blocked with dust, or a fan has failed.
The main heat sources are the graphics chip (GPU), processor (CPU) & hard drive (rarely). The CPU can sometimes overheat if it is under load. If your computer is not up to it, lessen the load. Open one program at a time. Close applications that are not in use. If you want to know your processor temperature, we recommend Core Temp, a lightweight software that won’t strain your processor.
Alternatively, some computers have this information in the BIOS. Optimal temperature range for your CPU is 35-60°C. Note, laptops tend to run warmer than desktops, especially older ones. To check the temperature of your GPU, download GPU-Z and check the “sensor” tab.
How to keep your computer cool
- don’t block vents
- if applicable, add more fans to desktop computers & ensure proper air flow
- use cooling pads or stands for laptops
- don’t place laptops on flat surfaces without proper ventilation (especially fabric)
* For laptops, people sometimes spray compressed air in the vents. This may help, but only moves the dust to another location instead of getting rid of it.
In our slideshow above, you can see some before and after images of laptop & desktop dust removal. We have a no dust bunny policy here at Majesty. We ask you kindly not to feed them. Extend the life of your computer and get a Dust Removal. This service is included in our Computer Tuneup service for desktops.
Let us help you remove those furry pests. Call (240)-319-8862 for all inquiries.