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03-14-2012 06:25 PM
HP 17in Laptop Customized
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
8 GB of Ram
Switchable Graphics Intel(R) HD Graphics Family and Radeon (TM) HD 7690M XT
This laptop is about two months old. I take good care of it. Use a laptop cooler, there is no dust in the fan/vent that I'm asking about and I've already had to send it in to HP tech because of of display issues that were evident when it first arrived (it was shipped) so I want to avoid that.
It runs hot in the left top corner of the keyboard and the vent is constantly blowing hot air when I play games.
Using Speedfan I've seen my GPU and CPU temps rise to high 50's and mid 60's.
What is in that corner that is causing so much hot air?
My guess is that it's the GPU but isn't there a heatsink to prevent that much heat?
How would I go about this diagnostically to find the culprit of all the excessive heat?
03-14-2012 08:00 PM
Your CPU is usually under the top-left part of your keyboard, where there exists a single fan usually. The GPU is more toward the center, where it has a shared heatpipe running from it's own heatsink. The sad thing, if it's like my dv6QTE, the heat from the GPU is routed to the CPU where it's fan will blow it out. I have an i7 2720QM and a 6770M for my GPU -> I've also noticed that these i7's get hot because of the built-in turboboost. The higher it "overclocks" with turboboost, the hotter it will become. This is natural during gaming and other high demanding tasks; plus with gaming your GPU is running usually toward peak unless it's an older game. (IE - I still play Unreal Tournament from time to time, and I mean the classic one from around 99, and the laptop scarcely heats up.)
It's normal. My warning would be to watch out for a clicking sound from your fan, as mine actually went bad about half of the first year of me owning it.
In anycase - Don't worry. Keep it cool with a cooling pad, maybe even something that has detachable add-ons so you can have a fan going into the intake or out of the exit for the vent. Keep it on a hard surface, and give it a break from time to time.
TL;DR -> This is normal. All laptops get warm/hot around the top left corner when under load.
03-15-2012 05:06 AM - last edited on 03-19-2012 11:17 AM by SedonaF
I bought my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop two years ago and I have enjoyed it greatly. The extra-wide screen is very handy for working with lots of open windows, and it has performed very well. I replaced the battery after about a year and a half, which seems to be normal for these models.
05-13-2012 01:36 PM
I have the same machine and HAD the same problem. Solution is simple: blow compressed air into the back left exhaust vent. Dust will fly out the intake grate. Blow off the fan blades from the bottom. My machine went from a griddle to cool as a cucumber.