Computers have a shelf life like all electronics. Desktop computers seem to run a longer than notebooks due to design. Most computers systems will give you a 4 – 6 years depending on you. Computers can last much longer with preventative maintenance and careful use.
An overheating computer can give you multiple symptoms and errors. When a computer is over heating, it is hard sometimes to tell what’s going on whether it is software or hardware related. Despite the obvious, a hot or running loud machine, there are many other symptoms an overheating computer will give you.
Symptoms of Overheating
- Turning off on its own
- Not wanting to boot up after it turns off
- Blue Screen
- Is hot to the touch
- Loud fan running
- Frequent memory errors
So, one question you probably want to ask next is, What Causes Overheating? A computer can overheat because of poor maintenance, neglect, gaming, hot environment, or the failing of a hardware component(s).
The Dangers of an Overheating Computer are, the system will run noticeably run slower and / or you may even damage the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, and or other components.
Now the big question is, How Do You Fix An Overheating Computer? To answer your question in short is prevent it from happening. Preventative maintenance like, frequently blowing out your computer with canned air, and keeping your notebook on a hard, leveled surface can do wonders. If you begin to notice any signs of overheating don’t wait to the last minute, get it diagnosed by a computer repair shop immediately. By doing so you will avoid much more heartache.
Before you move on to fixing it yourself here are a few tips before you begin disassembling your computer. First download Speed Fan, the software will pickup the sensor readings on your computer if any and display the core temperatures of various components. Also, if you have a notebook try purchasing a cooling pad. Lastly, make sure you are dealing with a heat issue and not something software related. Run a virus and spy ware scan if possible. I recommend using AVAST! and Malware Bytes, both have free versions, are very useful, and well trusted programs.
For the Do It Yourself-ers the first thing you should probably do is purchase canned air if you don’t have some already, Also, your going to need a screwdriver (see your computer for size and shape) and some empty work space. If you are new to taking your computer apart and don’t feel comfortable doing it then call a computer repair technician or computer repair shop to help you out. What you want to do is, just get into your computer enough to find the clogged air vents and pathways.What you want to do is hold the canned air upright and spray them down generously removing any dust. If this is a desktop, this can be preformed pretty easily. For a notebook, turn it over on its back (seeing the battery or serial number) and spray any fans or air vents you see.
This is the easiest way to cleaning up an overheating computer. For more information, please visit us at our website – Computer Repair in Austin . Also, for computer repair video tutorials visit us on you tube. Remember, follow us on twitter for free computer tech tips.