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How to stop a compaq cq60 laptop from shutting off due to overheating?

My laptop keeps getting very hot and shutting down, it sounds like the fan has stopped working all together. I would like to know how to fix this and how much it will cost?

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Some tips:

  • Use a "laptop cooling pad",search on Amazon, you will find many of them
  • Use the laptop on hard surfaces, not a sofa or bed cover, etc.
  • Use compressed air to blow dust out of the fan area (I would do this when the laptop is turned off).
  • Check if the laptop is under warranty and have it serviced. Warranty can be from the manufacturer, the store where you bought it. You credit card may have doubled your warranty.
  • Install the "core temp" program to monitor your laptop's temperature, and alert you when it gets too high. Then you can learn when it is going to shut down.
  • You may be able to run the laptop in a lower power setting, which could reduce the amount of heat generated. This will be under "Power Options" in the Control Panel.

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I believe your problem is way beyond,

1) Shooting air in from the outside, with a can of compressed air for computers.
2) Using a Cooling Pad.
3) Adjusting power settings

Either open the laptop up, and properly clean it, or take it to a professional shop.

If you have a basic mechanical aptitude, you can clean it out yourself.

Plus, this is A Product Support website.
We provide solutions to repair a product. We don't usually refer you to a repair shop, because you already know you can take your product to a repair shop.

1) Work on a table. Do not work on a bed, couch, or directly on a carpeted floor. These are high areas of Static.

2) Suggest you place a Static free soft cloth on the table. Helps prevent scratching the table, and the laptop.
Place the laptop on the soft cloth.

3) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

4) FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Advise buy an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to a good ground source.
Basic example of an ESD wrist strap, and shows the average cost,

(It isn't just a piece of wire connected to your wrist, via a piece of metal against your wrist. In the wrist strap there is also a 1 MegaOhm resistor)

I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case.
Not everyone has one of these laying around.

{I do not use an Anti-Static Mat, and will state why when asked)

If the table you are working on has metal legs, connect to an unpainted surface of one of them.
Barring this is not feasible, perhaps place a large metallic object on the table, and connect to it.
A large metal serving tray, or large metallic knickknack. (Unpainted)

5) This is a link to a free Service Manual from HP Support.
I would like you to download it, so I can guide you using this manual,

On this page scroll down, and click on the file name -

Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC HP G60 Notebook PC -
Maintenance and Service Guide

This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file name it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.

[ This is a Temporary download. It is just so you can view the file. There is a simple method to save a copy. This way you can burn a copy off to CD disk for safekeeping, and also delete it from the computer you downloaded it to,
to save harddrive space. If you do not know how, and wish to, simply state in a Comment ]

A the top header of the PDF file is the page number box. It is to the right of the Down Arrow.
IF you know the page you want, you can use the Down Arrow to arrive at it.

You can also;
1) Put your mouse cursor in the page number box.
2) Left-click once. (Whatever is in the page number box is now highlighted in blue)
3) Type the page number
4) Press the Enter key.

Go to Page 46. (Component Replacement Procedures, in the Bookmarks menu to the left)

(You can decrease, or increase the view size, with the Zoom In, or Zoom Out icon, at the top header. Zoom In = ( + )
Zoom Out = ( - )

This is the start page. Now go to Page 82.
Fan/heatsink assembly

The Cooling System consists of a Cooling Tube, Heatsink, and Fan Assembly.

The Cooling Tube is a slightly flattened copper tube, filled with Nitrogen, and sealed on both ends.

Towards one end there are two metal plates. One towards the end of the Cooling Tube, and one further up.

The one at the end is larger, and sits on top of the Processor.
(Has 4 screws holding it down)
The other metal plate further up is smaller, and sits on top of the graphics chipset.

At the opposite end of the Cooling Tube is the Heatsink.
This is a thin piece of metal that has Tall, Thin, fins protruding from it.
The Tall, Thin, fins radiate the heat away. Just like the principle used for a house radiator, or automotive radiator.

Next to the Heatsink is the Fan Assembly.

This is shown in Step 20 of this pictorial disassembly guide,

(You can see the black Fan's blades, and the silver/black shroud around them. The black finned Heatsink is above the Fan Assembly, and is hard to see because of the white InsideMyLaptop logo )

(The Processor, and the graphics chipset, are the two hardware components that give off the most heat.

When a Processor overheats, or passes it's Thermal Limit, it turns off.
BIOS turns it off. This is a fail safe feature designed to keep the Processor from burning up)

Heat is absorbed from the top of the Processor, and top of the graphics chipset, by their two metal plates.
It is then absorbed by the Cooling Tube.

The Cooling Tube transfers the heat TO the Heatsink.
The Heatsink absorbs the heat, then radiates it away with the Tall, Thin, fins.
Air flow from the Fan Assembly helps to carry heat away from the fins.

The blades, center hub, and surrounding cage (Shroud) of the Fan Assembly, can become clogged with 'Gunk'.
So does the fins of the Heatsink, and opening for the Fan Assembly at the bottom of the laptop.

{'Gunk' = Dirt, dust, hair, food crumbs, lint, etc}

When the cooling system becomes clogged, the cooling capacity drops tremendously.

Air from a can of compressed air from the outside, will just push the 'Gunk' even deeper into the cooling system. The 'Gunk' needs to be physically removed.

Method is to take Q-tips, and a soft small brush, (Makeup brush?), and disturb the outer 'crust' of the Gunk.
(Crude explanation; Stir the Gunk around a little, then it is easier for the air to remove)
Then compressed air is used to remove the Gunk.

There is one more issue that should be brought to light.
Thermal Paste.

Thermal Paste is used in-between the Top of the Processor, and Top of the graphics chipset, and the two metal plates that sit on them, that are on the Cooling Tube.

{The top of a Processor, and the top of a graphics chipset, are not perfectly smooth.
Neither is the bottom of the two Cooling Tube metal plates.

A magnified view would show, 'Pits, Valleys, and Hills'.
These imperfections create air pockets.
Air is an Insulator, not a Conductor.

Thermal Paste fills these imperfections, and is an Excellent conductor of heat)

After time, and with constant overheating, the Thermal Paste dries up.
It loses it's thermal conductivity.

Due to the LOW cost of Thermal Paste, and the fact you are this close, it is prudent to replace the Thermal Paste.
(It's cheap insurance)

In the photo in Step 20, you see the 4 Philips head screws that hold the cooling system in place. These are circled in Red.

Loosen the screws all the way. The PREFERRED method is to loosen one screw, then go to the opposite corner, and loosen that screw.
Keep going back, and forth until all 4 are loosened.

Then you can lift the cooling system off, as shown in Step 21.

Here you will see a pasty substance on top of the Processor, and graphics chipset. (The Processor is the one under the metal plate with 4 screws)

Use a plastic scraping type object, to remove as much thermal paste as you can. (Non-Static)
I use an old plastic credit card. (GOOD use for a credit card!)

{A Processor is the MOST susceptible hardware component to Static shock}

Scrape off some thermal paste, wipe the scraper off with a static free cloth.
Keep going, and remove as much thermal paste as you can.

Follow with Q-tips dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol. (91 percent is best, but 70 percent will do. Rubbing Alcohol)
It's a gooey mess sometimes, and may take a few (10?) Q-tips dipped in alcohol.

Isopropyl Alcohol is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE.
Use in a Well ventilated area with NO sparks or flames present! }

When the Top of the Processor, Top of the graphics chipset, and bottom of the two Cooling Tube metal plates, are clean, you could literally eat off them.
Yep, THAT clean.

After the areas are clean, apply ONE small pea sized drop of Thermal Paste, to the MIDDLE of the top of the Processor, and the top/middle of the graphics chipset.

Carefully set the cooling system back in place, with the screws lining up to the holes in the motherboard.

Ease down one screw until it just touches. Go to the screw in the opposite corner, and do the same. Now do the same for the other two screws.
You are tightening down EVENLY.

Slightly tighten the first screw, then the screw in the opposite corner.
Go to the screw on the same side, and tighten it. Now to the screw in it's opposite corner.

The metal plates of the Cooling Tube MUST sit flat, on the top of the Processor, and top of the graphics chipset.

IF, you use Artic Silver 5 thermal paste, or a similar paste that has real Silver in it.

As stated it has real Silver in it. Silver is an excellent conductor of heat.
It is ALSO an excellent conductor of electricity.

IF you apply too much, when the Processor heats up to operating temperature, the thermal paste will ooze off.

It can then ooze down to unprotected solder joints, and the contact pins of the Processor. (And solder connections of the graphics chipset)

This will create a Short Circuit.
PROPERLY apply thermal paste,

Example of thermal paste,

If you need guidance simply post in a Comment.

IF, you feel this is beyond your capabilities, and take it to a professional computer repair shop, I advise tell them you want the thermal paste replaced, for your $50 or $100 you are going to pay them.

Not air from the outside, or partially remove the top of the laptop, and b-low it out.

You want the Heatsink, Fan Assembly, and inside of the laptop cleaned out, and the thermal paste replaced.
Fan Assembly may need to be replaced also.


Posted on Feb 12, 2012

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    joecoolvette Feb 12, 2012

    To Add:
    It may not be Thermal Paste that is used. There may be a Thermal Pad.
    A type of cloth that is impregnated with Thermal Paste.

    These are junk, and cannot be reused anyway.
    Remove it, throw it way. Use thermal paste after you have cleaned.

  • David Nedde Feb 12, 2012

    That is a very thorough solution.

    However, I suspect this laptop may have an inherent design flaw that causes the overheating, given the number of complaints about this model, so I'm not sure any amount of cleaning will solve the problem. It is worth a shot, although it can be time consuming.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Feb 13, 2012

    My guess is the owner has never had the laptop thoroughly cleaned, David.
    But, the overheating issue for this series, can be overcome as in this video example,


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As a temporary solution until a computer technician can answer your question or can get your computer fixed.... you could buy a laptop cooler fan. You could buy it from or just enter the search term 'buy laptop cooler fan online'. :) Hope you will find the answer you need. (Y)

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You'll find many examples on the Internet for the laptops which get hot. There are particular laptop models which produce excessive heat. For example, IMB T60,Apple Mac Book Aeros, Compaq 610, Dell D400 etc.

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