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What is the Ideal temperature for your computer?

Laptops are designed to run within the range of 5-60 degrees Celsius without much harm. Scientifically, temperatures from around 20-27  Celsius are ideal for safe, efficient performance. Excess heat will drastically affect the machine’s life.

But how can you tell how much heat is too much? How could you watch out for possible issues and curtail them? For that, you need to understand how laptop gets heated.

Heat Generation

Heat is a by-product of electricity and its intensity varies depending on your activities. More heat is generated from CPU, GPU etc. which requires more voltage and runs at greater speeds to do demanding tasks.

Gaming, watching DVDs, burning, ripping, sharing, encoding, editing or multitasking can get your CPU overheated and eventually lessen the life of your system, ultimately resulting in crashing.

Warning Signs

You should watch out for sluggish performance and any freezing which points to overheating. You could also hear the fans inside your laptop which work faster and get noisier as your laptop is trying to cool itself.

Laptops have fail-safe system that shuts off if overheated as a damage prevention method. In extreme cases, the whole system will shut down and to fully restart the system, you need to allow sufficient cooling time. Any malfunctioning hardware would allow you to briefly access files and then shut down again.

The best method is to feel your system. It should be warm, but not hot enough so as to make you pull your hands away in reflex.

Other Aspects of Overheating

Don’t get paranoid about raised temperature. Laptops get heated even without any negative effects. Check if:

  • Laptop fan is consistently noisy.
  • Your system is heated up, and you don’t hear the fan; your fan might not be working.
  • Look out for an abnormally slow fan which shuts the system off by itself and start again or simply freeze the screen.
  • Checkout for malware.
  • Poor airflow due to blocked vents, bad positioning of components, laptops positioning etc.

Precautions and Remedies

What can be done to avoid overheating? The key is to give it an ideal temperature and dust-free surrounding. Some precautions that can improve heating problem can be:

  • Use your laptop in well-ventilated area with temperature less than 27 degrees Celsius.
  • Clear-off dust and dirt from fan and vents.
  • Give adequate break to your system to cool off.
  • Refer and stick on to manufacturer’s instructions on safe usage.

Laptops are easier to cool down, but they also generate excessive heat. Always remember that overheating issues can easily be fixed but the root cause is mostly due to overstraining.

If your system keeps crashing, you might need another fan near the heat sink. But if you are not sure about this, try not to force switch-on the system and permanently damage your CPU.

You could replace the internal fan with the least bit of expertise, but it could make the warranty null and void. The best option is to take it to the geek squad who can deal with it skillfully.

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While using a laptop, a few common questions have been found to come from users. Listed below are five questions that are frequently asked on different forums:

1. How to clean my laptop?

First, turn off the laptop, and unplug the adapter and other devices attached to the ports. It is also advisable to take off the battery from laptop to avoid shocks and damage. Then, start cleaning the components one by one. Clean the dirt and dust in the keyboard using compressed air. Wipe off the dust on the screen with a soft cloth sprayed with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Clean the inside of the ports using cotton swab and compressed air. Dust from cooling fans can be cleaned by blowing compressed air. Now, replace the battery and notice that your laptop runs much quieter and cooler. Cleaning regularly enhances the performance and lifespan of laptops.

2. What should I do when I spill water on laptop?

Switch it off, unplug all devices, remove the battery, strip off its components and tilt the laptop upside down to prevent water seeping into the motherboard. After the water is completely drained and dried off, replace the battery and switch it on to check. In addition, placing the laptop in a bag of rice will absorb all the water and dry it up. If the laptop doesn’t start or if any component fails after starting, it is better to get it checked by a technician.

3. What should I do when I drop the laptop on floor?

After a drop, your laptop may appear to be working fine; however, there might have been a greater damage that will appear at a later period. Damages may include battery damage, cracked screen, broken circuit boards, or hard drive damage. A cracked screen is immediately visible and can be replaced, but the other damages may take a while to show up. If the laptop is still working after a serious drop, take a backup of your data immediately.Then; listen closely for strange noises such as screeching of hard drive or other components. If you suspect a broken component, it is important to get it checked and repaired by a technician.

4. How to retrieve lost data?

Loss of data is a common problem. It can occur due to accidental deleting of data, a virus attack or a system crash. Having a backup of all your files and data on an external hard drive is the quickest method to retrieve data. The second way is to install software or recovery programs such as Recuva that run to recover the deleted data on your laptop.

5. What do I do when my laptop is very slow?

Does your laptop take a very long time to boot up and start when switched on? Are the programs in your laptop too slow, and take forever to load and open?  Do you experience frequent laptop crashes? All these scenarios can be very annoying and disrupting when you’re working. The most common and popular cause of system slowdown is a virus attack. The solution is to run the anti-virus software, and perform a complete scan of all the components to detect and eliminate the viruses. This will regain the speed and efficiency of your laptop.