I’ve always wondered: how can I monitor my laptop temperature. I mean, I read every day about laptop overheating problems and how high temperatures can damage the components inside and eventually shorten the life of my laptop. My Toshiba (Satellite L300) gets really hot on the left side of the keyboard, where the air vent in located and under intense usage the touchpad is so hot that I can’t use it anymore so I always have an external mouse in handy. When laptops reach high temperatures, they simply shut down with no warning, as a measure to protect the parts inside from actually melting. You must not turn them back on immediately; just leave it turned off for about 20 minutes so things can “cool off”.
Since new software is being developed constantly, we now have special applications that run quietly in the background and they monitor the temperature of your laptop. Thank God the question “How can I monitor my laptop temperature” has an answer. These programs keep track of degrees for the processor, the graphics card, the hard disk and other components and it shows a table that refreshes every second with the temperature for each of these parts. You can still do your job in the meantime because such application do not require a lot of RAM and don’t eat up significant laptop resources that could stop you from using your laptop. When a certain component reaches an alarming temperature, the program will pop up on the screen and warn you that your computer needs special attention. You can shut it down or out it to sleep for a couple of minutes or maybe just close some of the many programs you are running simultaneously.
For example, one such useful program in Coretemp. It’s an application that shows the temperature for every of your laptop’s core separately whether you have Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. The thing is, I believe this program only works for the CPU so if the overheating problem comes from the GPU the program could turn out to be pretty useless. The temperature is displays in the tray bar so you don’t have to keep opening and closing the main window of the application. Since it does not waste many laptop resources, it will keep running no matter how many simultaneous programs you are using.
Another application that could help is MobileMeter. This software is available for free download at www.softpedia.com. All you have to do is unzip the files (there is one executable and one readme file) and the program will work on its own, with no other installation required. This application will show you the speed of your processor, the temperature of the processor, the charge rate (how fast the battery of your laptop is charging or discharging) and the temperature of the hard drive. Not only does it show the actual temperature of these components, but it will also show a small graph with the evolution of the temperature in the last minutes. A new icon will appear in the system tray whenever the program is running. With a simple right click you can toggle the item plus the graph display. The left click you reveal a list of possible actions which you can take. The “options” tab will allow you to snoop around the useful features, and you can even see some battery information.
Aside from using special software that monitors your laptop temperature, there are some measures you can take to prevent overheating problems. For instance, the main definition of the laptop says it’s a portable computer which can be used on your lap. As you know, human body can generate a lot of heat and when this heat is combined with the heat of the laptop, the total temperature rises for both your lap and the unit. When the laptop is not place on a flat surface and you just put it on the sheets in your bed, the air vent can be blocked. This means that hot air is stuck inside the unit instead of it coming out for proper cooling. This can also lead to severe heating problems that shorten the life of your laptop. There are special cans, filled with air, that allow you to clean the air vent by simply blowing out the dust that gets inside the laptop.
When you laptop is getting too hot, to fast, you may need to open it up to properly clean the cooler. There may also be dust clogs inside the heat sink. The problem here is that the heat sink is generally soldered to the motherboard so it may be difficult to gain access to it. If your laptop shuts down without a warning, the first thing that should come to your mind is that there may be a problem with the temperature. Check and see if the laptop is too hot in the key areas, like the palm rests and at the bottom, where all important laptop parts are located. No matter where you put your laptop you have to make sure that the air vent is not blocked. Even if the notebook is on your desk or table, there could be several objects, like cups or books which are located to close to the place where hot air should be coming out from the laptop. I can’t tell you how many times I placed my cup of coffee next to the air vent and when I picked it up to have sip the cup was basically burning. Well, it’s a way to keep my coffee warm all of the times but I’m sacrificing my laptop for it.
The temperature of the laptop is something that has to be taken seriously as it can cause damage like dropping your laptop on the floor. Too much heat damages the internal parts of the laptop and you may end up with a useless machine just because you didn’t pay more attention. Also try to consider buying some laptop cooling pads as they are a great solution for laptop that generally have a problem because of powerful components that generate a lot of heat.
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