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Why the hell does my Laptop always run sooo hot?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by RelentlessFab, May 25, 2010.

  1. May 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Hey guys, wondering if there are some simple ways to get my laptop to run cooler. I've seen the fan bases and crap, but dont want that bulk or cost. Just looking into a way to get my laptop to run cooler through settings/etc.

    All I usually use it for is surfing the web(chrome), running itunes, and writing college papers in Word 2007, exactly what I'm using it for right now- and its way too damn hot! The problem is the CPU is right where my left wrist rests on the body while I type and it is just burning hot! I hate the way it makes my hand sweaty/sticky while writing my college papers and junk as its just really annoying and a distracting feeling. It usually runs pretty cool for a while after startup or restarting, but after prolonged use or not restarting it for several days it starts running hotter and hotter. Also, the hotter it gets, the slower and 'glitchier' it gets, which is also annoying....So what can I do to make it run cooler? :(

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    1 1/2 yr old HP DV2940 series special edition w/14.3" screen and running Windows 7 64bit
    AMD Turion x64 dual core processor running @ 2.1 ghz
    Integrated nVidia GeForce7150 graphics
    4GB ram (running 42% usage right now)


    Thanks for any help. :cool:
     
  2. May 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    I am not 100% sure but I think the amount of heat that your laptop produces depends on what type of processor your have. Some just run hotter than others.

    I bought a new laptop a few months ago and the sales rep at Bestbuy told me this. I ended up getting a Toshiba with the Intel Core Duo Processor because he said they run cooler. My old Gateway ran hot and made me sweat like a whore in church whenever I put it on my lap.
     
  3. May 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    I don't think there is much you can do, to much crap stuffed together with little ventilation. Mine is the same thing gets hot as hell, I changed the hard drive to a Flash Card, now its better since the hard disk was located exactly were my hand rests while typing.
     
  4. May 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM
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    Memory, Hard Drive and power inverter also get crazy hot on most laptops.
     
  5. May 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Yeah, i know that a lot is based on the model/brand of processor, as well as the amount of work its doing (definitely gets hotter the more multi-tasking you do) but I hate how hot it gets sometimes. It didnt seem to run very hot when it was new, but now it runs pretty damn blazing hot so to me it seems like there should be a way to change what applications run, etc to make it run cooler again... I just dont know how to do it. :(
     
  6. May 25, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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    mine ran SUPER hot for a long time.. so much so that if i didnt have it propped up on something so air could go under it, the damn thing would shut down. I took the battery out and used my air compressor and shot air throughout the whole thing.. a GIANT cloud of dust came out.. from that day forward, it runs quieter, cooler, and no shut downs.
     
  7. May 25, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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    runs hot because of me!!!! ha ha ha
     
  8. May 25, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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    True, bet its packed with dust. Didnt really think about opening and dusting it out.
     
  9. May 25, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    i'd put money on it.
     
  10. May 25, 2010 at 10:09 PM
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    I had a similar problem with my laptop too.. it was running pretty hot and and it was slow as well.. so i took it to a friend that knows something about computers and she told me it could be due to too much used memory and viruses... so i completely cleaned up my computer and installed new antivirus and it runs a hell of alot better
     
  11. May 25, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    All i did was removed the battery and the cd drawer thingie (it just pops out of mine) and in every hole i just used my compressed air and went to town.
     
  12. May 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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    I do too.. with your mom :eek:
     
  13. May 25, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    Now if I keep mine on my lap or on the couch next to me it'll get hot because the intakes are shut off. On my desk at work it runs fine.
     
  14. May 25, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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    yah same with me. i try to not put it on a pillow otherwise i'll catch the damn thing on fire.. haha!

    TRY IT! ..well actually it'd be way easy.. they didnt really worry about car theft back in the day i think..
     
  15. May 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    Mine is burning hot just sitting on my desk! :(
     
  16. May 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    Ventilation, CPU working hard, that's all.
     
  17. May 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    ah Nam. I blew this arm off in nam. Yup. true story
     
  18. May 25, 2010 at 10:23 PM
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    A can of compressed air is your friend!! :D
     
  19. May 25, 2010 at 10:23 PM
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    ah i'm tellin ya - air compressor RIght now. Takes 5 mins! Or that canned air crap.. but it doesnt blow hard enough. if you dont have either, go to Best Buy and ask a geek squad guy.. they'll do it for free
     
  20. May 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    :D :D you just made my night.... i was thinking about driving down to a store real quick and buying one of those little over priced compressed air cans, but you just reminded my of the air compressor/blow gun sitting in my garage. What was I thinking? :smack:
     
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