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Replacing components to prolong life of overheating laptops?

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#1 moveon


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:04 AM

I have done component replacement / computer building years ago but I'm a bit out of date. Would be comfortable doing the work if I was just sure what was needed, and I have the screwdriver sets etc.


Have got 2 laptops (3 and 4 years old) I'd be completely happy with hardware-wise if only they didn't overheat. No need for bigger HDs/more RAM/graphics power etc. Not a gamer now. The keyboards I personally find most RSI friendly are on an expensive brand, so I would much rather keep the cases/screens and just replace internals where needed. One of them also has a bigger screen than I could justify budget-wise these days and it would be great to be able to keep it usable for a lot longer. There are times one or other of them will be on for 15+ hours a day so they do get heavy use, albeit only for the likes of office software, browsing, TV and music, and it seems there is only so much cooling stands and the odd clean can do when a heavily used machine is a few years old.

One - the one I use most at the moment - occasionally has thermal shutdowns, and the other is very noisy and does get very hot, though I can't remember if it actually has ever shut down.


Any advice on how to keep these beasts going for longer?

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:20 AM

Laptops over time  build up dust inside the fan-housing. Laptops have to be opened up to remove the dust occasionally (if canned air is not used monthly to prevent build-up).

I cannot count the number of times I have removed this dust. It is not that difficult but does require patience and some mechanical ability.

Following image depicts the build-up... much like a dryer filter needs to be cleaned so that air-flow is not restricted to prevent over-heating.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 02:37 PM

+1 Bludgard.....if you do a search on Youtube for your make & model, and include a keyword such as clean, dust, etc. you may find a video on removing the cover. Worth a shot.

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