Tip & How-To about HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

How do I know if my laptop is overheating.


Overheating may ocurr if the air vent intakes are obstructed, or when the cooling system is defective.

A typical symptom is the computer shutting down suddenly and turning off completely for no reason.

To start you need to ensure that the laptop is not turning off becauseof a system problem.Sudden shut down can be caused by differentsoftware and hardware problems. There are several ways to check thisout.

You can for example start the laptop using a boot disk, or starting aWindows setup disk, and then leaving the system on for one or twohours. If the system does not turn off after starting from disk, thenthe problem is not overheating.

If for example you decide to use a Windows setup disk to do the test, proceed in the following way:

  • Start the system with the Windows disk inside.
  • Choose to "start system from CD" when asked.
  • Do not choose to install or repair Windows, just start the system and leave it hanging on for some times.
  • Ensure that the computer does not go on standby in the meanwhile.

Another way to check if the problem is overheating is by using a software like SpeedFan to monitor the system temperatures.
That would be a better way to check if the system is overheating, as it can give you precise indications on system temperature.
If the system starts and stays on long enoug to install and then to start SpeedFan, then install the software and turn it on. If temperature before shut down is near to critical value, then the problem is overheating.

This last method can be used only if the system stays on long enough to start Windows and run the software.

If the problem is overheating , that means that the heatsink fan mustbe replaced, before overheating ends up damaging CPU or motherboard.

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This tip apply to both laptops and desktop PCs.


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Clean the computer Fan, vents, heatsink. Improve air flow from the bottom air intakes through the Laptop and out the vents. Overheating will cause your Laptop components to fail. A can of Compressed Air sprayed into the fan, vents will help. Sometimes you must open the laptop to clean thoroughly with a small brush and the air.

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Due to their small size and lack of ventilation, laptops tend to overheat more than desktop computers. A noisy cooling fan that runs continuously is one sign that your laptop is overheating. Laptop overheating can also cause a loss of performance, system crashes, and even permanent damage to components. The goal is to make sure your laptop has proper ventilation and is kept as cool as possible.

1.Always use your laptop on a tray, desktop, or other cool surface. If you use it on your lap, make sure clothes, upholstery or bedding are not blocking the case vents. Blocked vents are the number one cause of laptop overheating.

2.Use an aerosol air duster, or can of compressed air, to blow dust from the air intake vents. Air intake vents are a set of slots on the side or bottom of the case that allow cool air to flow into the laptop.

3.Clean the cooling fan exhaust system. The cooling or CPU fan is located on the side or back of the case. A clogged CPU fan vent keeps hot air trapped inside the case. Use an aerosol air duster to loosen the debris, then use a vacuum cleaner with crevice tool to vacuum out the dust and dirt.

4.Use a commercial laptop cooler. A laptop cooler pad is an external USB powered fan that serves as a base for your laptop. If your laptop generates a lot of heat, even with a clean cooling system, a laptop cooler will extend the life of your laptop.

5.Adjust your BIOS settings. Most laptops have features built into the system BIOS that allow fan speed, CPU temperature alarms, and other settings to be adjusted. Read your owner's manual to learn how to enter the BIOS and change the settings for your particular laptop model.

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why is my laptop get's better warm and when i go into my facebook, couple of minutes later it shut off.

Your computer is overheating.
Turn it off.
Remove the battery.
Disconnect the AC adapter.
Buy a can of compressed-air.
Give your computer a "blow-job", to blow-out all the dust from inside the computer.
The dust is "insulating" your laptop, preventing it from cooling itself down.

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you can be sure your computer is overheating if your cursour is lagging or if u see a shadow around it. if so try installing another pc fan with can be found at wal mart or any eletronics store.

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