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Common Laptop Problems

One of the most common problems with laptops occurs about when they become about 2-3 years old.  Due to the nature of their design it takes about 2-3 years for them to collect enough dust on the fan and heat-sink they will start to over heat.  This will be observed when the laptop is warm to the touch or even power itself off when it gets too hot.

Laptops rely on either 1 or 2 fans to keep them cool.  Since the fans run constantly the develop enough of a static charge where by dust will collect on the fins as well as the heat-sink.

Simple remedies to a dust problem is to simply vacuum or blow the dust out of the fan and heat-sink.  An ordinary vacuum can be used, for the most part.  A can of air is another means of cleaning the inside of a laptop.  Finally, if one has an air compressor, it can be used as long as the pressure has been turned down some.

So it is good practice to vacuum or blow out the dust from a laptop about every 3 months.  This will keep the laptop from over heating causing it to power down.  Although the automatic power down can prevent damage, there is a higher likelihood one or more components on the mother board may go into a “thermal breakdown” or failure.


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