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Clean and cool laptops are happy laptops...

Many laptop hardware system failures can be directly attributed to excessive heat build up on vital internal components on the main board. After a couple years of fairly regular use dirt, hair, and dust will build up on the heat sync gradually cutting off all air flow. (btw you can have a spotless home or office and this is still true) You may hear the CPU fan staying on more frequently and working harder and harder.

Many folks purchase base fans which run on USB... but my philosophy is that if you think you need one, then cooling system probably needs to be serviced. (and drawing more current out of the USB can just add to power demands)

The easiest way for a user to prevent this is to service it starting when it's only a few months old. We want to back flow it with compressed air. Flip your laptop over. Locate the CPU cooling fan and air intake. Using a paper clip lock the fan through the intake so that we don't spin it at a zillion RPM. Using compressed air blow into the fan outlet. Should be at the fan area on the side or back. Remove paper clip making sure fan spins free.

If your laptop is more than a couple years old and you suspect low flow due to restrictive heat sync. You may want to have a qualified technician service it. When servicing laptops more than a couple years old I always disassemble them completely. If clogged severely and you try to back flow it, you can lock the fan up with debris causing fan failure.

Always keep air intake on bottom clear. Do not use directly on bed, carpet, sofa, or any restrictive area (also with contaminates) without a flat hard surface to maintain constant air flow.

May your laptop stay cool and happy for years!

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