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I was told what to do to fix my fan on my laptop, but i wanted to know if i could put my laptop over top a flat surface fan or on a table to keep it from overheating and shutting down until i get my compressed hair...

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Please elaborate your problem providing us with more details and the complete make and model number of the laptop.

If the laptop is overheating due to failure or malfunctioning processor cooling fan, external fans will not be helpful to keep it cool enough to running for long intervals.

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Posted on Feb 14, 2010


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1. Turn off your computer and allow it cool down.

2. Work with your laptop on a flat surface. The rubber feet on your laptop are designed to allow airflow to the underside of the computer, so if you are working on a bed or other soft surface, you cut off the airflow. If you do want to work away from a desk or table, try keeping your computer on your lap, exposing the underside to air.

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5 .Unplug your charger as soon as the battery is full. A common mistake people make is leaving their computer plugged in at all times. However, the constant source of electricity will heat your battery and in turn overheat your laptop. Only charge your computer as long as necessary.

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