How to use a laptop in the heat
Summer is a tough time of year for laptops, as summer can cause them to break. In summer, laptops accompany their owners everywhere, working in the heat and at sea, and in nature. To cool the laptop, you need to take air into the case, and this is out of the question if the air from the outside is hot. For example, at a temperature of +20 ° C, the laptop heats up to 40 degrees, and at +30 ° C - up to 50. It is especially difficult for laptops with discrete video cards, in particular if the processor and videochip are located on the same cooling tube.
How to use a laptop in the heat
Summer is a tough time of year for laptops, as summer can cause them to break. In summer, laptops accompany their owners everywhere, working in the heat and at sea, and in nature.
To cool the laptop, you need to take air into the case, and this is out of the question if the air from the outside is hot. For example, at a temperature of +20 ° C, the laptop heats up to 40 degrees, and at +30 ° C - up to 50. It is especially difficult for laptops with discrete video cards, in particular if the processor and videochip are located on the same cooling tube.
All modern models have special protection: when the processor is heated to 80-90 degrees, the laptop shuts down. This happens without warning, since the system is triggered at the hardware level. At the same time, unsaved data will be lost. However, do not think that the protection solves all the problems. Yes, the gadget will not fail, but the hard drive - a very important component - begins to deteriorate already at a temperature of 40-45 degrees. In summer, the drive overheats very quickly as it also heats itself. If you actively operate the laptop in the heat, the hard drive fails several times faster.
Signs that the laptop is overheating:
- constant noise from the housing, may indicate a faulty or contaminated cooling system;
- the absence of fan noise when heating the laptop case also indicates a malfunction of the CO, which leads to sharp jumps in temperature;
- drop FPS (frame rate in games, video content), freeze, long response to commands, reboot;
- the battery is slowly or not fully charged, discharged faster. Eventually it may stop charging;
- sudden emergency shutdown indicates the last stage of overheating of the laptop. Triggering the protection mechanism indicates that the laptop has reached the limit of its ability to function in the heat.
Don't leave your laptop in the sun
Direct sunlight increases overheating of the case, leads to deformation of some elements of the laptop made of plastic, can damage the matrix of the liquid crystal display. Working in direct sunlight, take care of the display and your eyes – use a shading display and anti-glare protective film.
Clean the cooling system regularly
Failure of the cooling system fan due to contamination of the laptop CO. Work in this mode can lead to the breakdown of other elements of the system and make repairs expensive. To prevent such a breakdown, we recommend cleaning the cooling system in the service center every six months. If, however, suddenly the breakdown happened, then do not delay the repair.
Another point is to relate to thermalpaste, for a couple of years it is produced and no longer conducts heat so well. And with intensive work of the laptop, sometimes it dries up strongly and turns into stone, thereby almost does not perform its function. This can be painful not only for the main elements - the CPU and video clip, but also for other components of the laptop.
We advise you to clean the device before the heat. This will solve most problems in one fell swoop.
Let your laptop adapt to temperature differences
Taking the laptop out into the hot sun and back from the cool air-conditioned room turn it off. With a sharp change in temperature conditions, condensation forms inside the laptop, which can lead to a short circuit. So let the laptop adapt to the temperature, and then turn it on. Also avoid high humidity, which increases condensation.
Do not run resource-intensive processes
Stop playing "heavy" games, close unnecessary tabs, especially while charging. If you still decide to play or open 40 tabs in the browser, do not keep such processes running for several hours in a row. Turn off the laptop at night, and do not put it into sleep mode, as many are used to.
Watch the temperature
Install a program to control the temperature of the device (on some models such a program may be preinstalled). With it, you will see a real, number-measurable temperature, and you will not need to rely on subjective sensations from noise and heat.Do not leave a working laptop in the car or any unventilated, hot, confined space. The temperature inside the car on a hot day reaches above the permissible pc norms.
Use a laptop stand
A working laptop heats up faster when placed on the lap, on the bed, on the blanket, since this blocks the access of air to the cooling system through the holes on the bottom panel of the laptop case. In such cases, use a conventional stand for a laptop, and preferably a cooling stand. It connects to the laptop via the USB connector and helps to work the built-in cooling system of the laptop. To a greater extent, this is true for gamers. Such a stand is able to reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees or more, depending on the model.
Do not leave the power supply in direct sunlight
The charger already heats up when the laptop is running, not to mention the action of direct sunlight. Provide the power supply with natural cooling, protect from direct contact with sunlight or dense fabrics.
Back up your data
In hot weather, this usual recommendation takes on a special meaning. It is necessary to make regular backups, then problems with the hard drive will not cause significant inconvenience. It doesn't take much time. The main thing is to set up the system once, and you can no longer worry about this responsibility.
We hope this article with our advice helps your laptop survive the heat without breakdowns.