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I have a gateway m 1631 laptop that is continually overheating--what could be the problem? Does it need a new battery..

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This is not an easy job you have to completely remove the bacl of the computer you will see a copper strip by the fan remove both chec the fan to see if it is clogged up with dust.
The copper strip removed will reveal a green plate with a chip on it clean it off a re-apply thermal greese from any good electrical shop.put it back together that should sort out the over heating problem.
Failing that you may want to find an engineer which is what i recomend.

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