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Overheating I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 that seems to be overheating. It gets hot enough to burn your skin, but only on the left side. I checked the fan and vent for dust and they are both clean. The fan is working. I am not sure what to do, but I have to have my computer for my online classes. Please Help! Thanks!

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  • kristinaward Oct 06, 2009

    I have it on a table surface and prop up the front to give it proper ventilation. Even if I have only one program going at a time it is still hot. I have downloaded a cpu temperature monitor from www.cputhermometer.com and the thermometer maxes out at 130, and it shows my temperature above that. Now I am very scared that I am going to fry my computer!

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Ok fan is working and vent holes are clean. well you must have to purchase a laptop cooler. Buy a design well suited for your bottom part.

Or purchase a fan design cooler which will coincide where the most heat is generated. Or one big fan that will cool down the heated part.

This will also added to heat generation. But much better than no fan at all. Also it will deplete much faster your laptop when not plug on AC socket. Try to select lower amperes sink but have better cooling effeciency

Hope this helps.

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There is a difference between getting hot and overheating. Most current model portable systems will have portions of the bottom of the chassis that will get hot enough to burn skin due to the location of the processor and the heat sink.
If the system is overheating you will have some if not all the following symptoms:

  1. System is crashing at boot of within a few minutes of operation.
  2. System is slow
  3. System is giving blue screen errors
  4. Fans either run constantly at high speed or do not fun at all.
  5. System restarts unexpectedly.
If your system is overheating, here is the Dell Troubleshooting Wizard for that system:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/tree?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&treeid=5B6BB978941A56A1E040AE0AB7E17881&journalid=75416C6BA391B4BEE040AE0AB8E13529&Query=bGFwdG9w&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1420&ServiceTag=&contenttype=-1&os=-1&component=-1&lang=-1&doclang=en&toggle=false
But: If the only issue a an isolated hot spot on the bottom of the system (No Crashes, reboots, blue Screens, Errors or fan racing all the time) then my answer is the system is operating as designed. Due to ever increasing processor speeds & lighter and thinner designs hot spots on bottom of the system are not unusual. Manufacturers will tell you to use the system on a hard FLAT surface that allows maximum airflow. Use on a lap, carpet, bed, blanket or other soft surface that can impede airflow will result in the system running hotter, and in some cases overheating. This is why the Lapdesk market has become very popular.
http://www.google.com/products?rlz=1C1GGLS_enUS345US346&sourceid=chrome&q=lapdesk&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=a1TLSuGlIYKltgfKna3kAQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4

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    Again, the big question is: Aside from the heat, is the system running normally? If the answer is NO, then you may have a hardware issue that needs to be addressed. You can take canned compressed air, and use it to blow out the air intake and exhaust vents (The heat exchanger can get clogged with dust and debris) If that has no effect, then if under warranty, contact tech support to get a new heatsink and fan installed (The heatsink has vacuum sealed copper tubes, sometimes they leak)


    If not under warranty, then take to a local shop, and see if they can add some ARCTIC SILVER heat compound on the heatsink to better conduct heat and check the fan operation.


    The 130 degree temp you mentioned, if that farenheit or Celcius? 130 F is nothing for a processer, and 130C a tad bit hot.

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Are you leaving it sitting on a fabric surface i.e- pillows. blankets... beds carpet?
also not enough ram, too much going on at one time can do that. Make sure your fan is working properly and maybe download a cpu temperature monitor. google it u should find something

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