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Overheating How do I know if my laptop is overheating? What are the signs?

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  • Jennifer Norman
    Jennifer Norman Dec 15, 2008

    Is 'SpeedFan' the name of your suggested utility?

  • Jennifer Norman
    Jennifer Norman Dec 15, 2008

    Thank you TJ. I downloaded "SpeedFan,"and hope it helps :)

  • Jennifer Norman
    Jennifer Norman Dec 15, 2008

    I appreciate all the "help" you have provided, I truly do.....hence, you were "helpful." Why would I give the "FixYa!" rating before a "fixed" statis can be confirmed? Your response is unjustified and improper.

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Its pretty easy to tell when your laptop is overheating. Youll have those tell-tale red marks on your legs from where the hot bottom of the laptop has been resting against your legs.

Fortunately, most laptops will automatically shut down if they are over heating to prevent any further damage to hardware like hard drives and motherboards.

If you would like to know the running temperature of your laptop, download this little utility.

Hope this helps,
TJ

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

  • Juli H.
    Juli H. Dec 15, 2008

    did you go to a site with far too much text and a bad layout? that would be it. thank god they have good programmers.

    here is a direct link to the application.

  • Juli H.
    Juli H. Dec 15, 2008

    Not a problem, but may I ask why I only got a "helpful"? I explained the systems you asked for and not only suggested, but pointed you directly to a free utility that will help you monitor the situation...

    I dont mind responding within a matter of minutes at 5am, I just dont understand....




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