Keep your laptop running cool

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If you use a laptop, one of the things you need to be aware of is heat.  Since all of the components in a laptop are squeezed into a tight space, there tends to be more heat generated than with a desktop computer.  Of course, this heat is offset through the use of heat sinks and exhaust fans, so it is not usually a problem if the laptop is used correctly.

Here are a few ways you can make sure your laptop stays nice and cool:

1. Always use it on a hard, flat surface. This ensures that the air coming out of the exhaust fan has a place to go, and that the machine is well ventilated overall.  These are bad ideas for laptop usage:

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2. Make sure the fan is working.  Sometimes these fans are very quiet, so you might have to listen closely.  In some cases you can look at it to see that it is spinning.

3. Keep track of the temperature inside.  You can do this with a little program called Speedfan (get it here free).  I have started installing Speedfan on all of the laptops that I sell.  The proper core temperature will vary from one machine to another, but it’s at least good to monitor in case you see a sudden increase.

If you notice your laptop getting warmer than you like, you might also consider using a laptop cooling pad.

If your laptop usually sits on a desk and works in a normal room temperature, you will usually be fine.  However, if you are in a hot room and doing some heat-generating tasks (like a game with lots of graphics, or playing a DVD movie), you might consider adding a small desk fan or using a cooling pad just to be safe.

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