Sunday, April 14, 2013

Laptop Keep Overheating?

I have a mediocre quality laptop and it's getting old.  Living in Florida puts a lot of strain on its already failing ability to cool itself.  I got tired of it shutting down on me.  If you are tired of your laptop overheating and shutting down on you, read and follow these directions:

1.  Take a cold pack and stick it in the freezer.  I happen to have a couple of clay packs that are almost exactly the size of my laptop.

2.  Place your laptop on top of the cold pack to help it stay cool.

That's it, you're done, and that should buy you some time.

Awesome Tip of the Day:  If there is any merit to the thing I've heard about the heat from a laptop lowering a man's sperm count, it is possible that this might also mitigate that situation.


  1. In our house we use a wire cookie cooling rack : )

  2. This may keep your laptop cool, but it's a bad idea for the life of the laptop as it causes condensation inside the laptop itself and makes components rust and corrode, significantly reducing the life of your laptop (though if it's truly overheating (200F or higher normally) then you should cool it anyway you can since the heat will kill it first). The best thing for a laptop is crosscut air. You can build a better-than-store-bought laptop fan out of a wire rack and a small fan (or any fan. Set the computer on the wire, and have the fan to the side at the same level as the laptop so that the air is flowing across the rack/computer, not into it/against it, you should feel the air flowing mostly under the laptop and a little over the keys. If you don't have a wire rack, a metal sheet (cookie sheet, baking dish, anything metal) would work with, too, because metal conducts heat well. Also, your laptop fan is probably not moving at high speed, so you can turn it up. If you want to monitor just how hot your laptop is, there is an app smcFanControl which lets you see the temp and control mac fan speeds, and there is an app SpeedFan that lets you monitor your temp on any intel PC (and also change the fan speed for the older models).