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My one and a half year old Lenovo SL500 is getting extremely hot under the left side of the machine... I can hear the fan working hard almost all the time. I am scared that something will be damaged... What can I do ? Nilli

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The ThinkPad SL500 usually comes with a Core 2 Duo processor, which is a fairly powerful processor. You may also have chosen to buy a discrete graphics chip with the laptop (instead of using the Intel Integrated Graphics). System components like these generate a large amount of heat. It is the fans job to push this heat away from the precious system components. This is very difficult in a laptop, because the components are very compact, and the only way for heat to escape is through the sides (heat wants to rise). When doing processor or graphics intensive tasks (such as editing/encoding a video or watching a move in High Definition), the fan has to work near its maximum to keep the computer cool. While it may sound intimidating, the fan will never push itself to a breaking point unless there is a problem with its design, in which case Lenovo will pay to get you a replacement. Even if there is a problem, if the processor gets too hot, the computer will instantly shut itself down before any heat damage can be done to the components, and you will be certain that the laptop has faulty hardware.

Feel the side of the machine where the exhaust comes out; you should be able to touch it for a few seconds without burning yourself even while doing intensive tasks. If it is too hot to touch, you may want to contact Lenovo and see what they say.

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