07-20-2010 05:20 PM - edited 03-12-2013 10:40 AM
I do not guarantee that the advice given here will help in every case of overheating.
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01. Clean the vents of your notebook / netbook weekly using compressed air.
02. Check is processor (CPU) highly loaded by any process or service using recommended tool.
a) Resource Monitor which is built-in this system.
b) Process Explorer which you may download from here.
Vista and XP:
Process Explorer which you may download from here.
03. Update the HP software and drivers to the latest version.
Click the Support & Drivers link here.
In the search box type your notebook product number (p/n).
Choose ' Next '.
Click ' Software & Driver Downloads '.
Use the dropdown selector to select correct operation system and click ' Next '.
04. Minimize the use of background tasks such as defragmentation and virus scans. Use the scheduler to ensure these
tasks are executed when the laptop is not being heavily used.
05. Always place your laptop on a hard flat surface. Never place your notebook / netbook on lap, bed, couch, blankets,
comforters or other soft / fabric surfaces that can block fans and air vents.
06. Turn off your notebook / netbook before placing it into a briefcase or a backpack. Do not ever place an operating
laptop in a confined space where heat can build up.
07. Operate the laptop with a reasonable ambient room temperature.
When the room temperature is high then if it's possible turn on the air conditioning or set the standing fan in the
direction of the laptop.
08. Never leave operating laptop with closed lid. This always generates heat inside laptop. You may close lid only if
laptop will automatically go into sleep or hibernation mode.
09. Install monitoring software. I always recommend HWMonitor (free software). You may check with it your
notebook / netbook CPU (processor), GPU (graphic card), motherboard and HDD temperatures.
10. Adjust power settings to your needs. Lower energy consumption will result lower heat generation.
- don't set brightness to max;
- customize graphic card power settings;
- set the correct power plan in your system;
a) Windows 7 select the " Power saver ";
b) Windows Vista select the " Power saver ";
c) Windows XP select the " Portable/Laptop ".
11. Use a notebook cooler or a system for elevating your computer to reduce heat buildup.
This is specially recommended for a heavy gamers.
12. Laptops are not built to withstand heavy gaming nor even prolonged viewing of videos (regardless of the
Entertainment title). Both of these things often lead to shorten the life of your notebook / netbook.
13. If you are buying a new computer, check:
- reviews on the Internet;
- HP forums for complaints about a particular model and overheating.
Both of these recommendations may save you a lot of problems.