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Ways to help cool a laptop

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I have a laptop that is quite poor in terms of cooling. Basically since I first got it has always run hot, or at least hotter than it should. When under standard use it runs in the 60-70 C range, which is okay, but I use it to crunch boinc projects, which to prevent over heating and automatic shut off I need to change the settings so that Boinc uses about 30% of CPU time, and doesn't run when CPU usage is over 15%. Even then my system runs far to hot for comfort, often between 80-88 C.

I do have a lap rest ( though it does not have a built in cooling fan), in which I have rigged up a way to raise the bottom of my pc further off the rest, with the laptop tilted to help air flow back and out through the cooling vents. My Hard Drive died a few weeks ago, so I did replace that and while in the depths of my computer I inspected the heat sink and cooling fan, I cleaned away most of the dust, but the issues still persist.


I am not sure what else I can try besides just trying to get a lap rest with some built in cooling fans, as I feel there is quite limited airflow underneath and around the computer even with my rigged lift. Do you have any suggestions?

I guess I should say it is a Dell Inspiron N5010 running Ubuntu 12.04 with an Intel i3 processor.

Thank you.
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Your temps are normal and possibly in a sweet spot for a laptop. I had a gaming laptop a few years ago and the gpu temps would reach mid 90's with a slight overclock. It always ran well. I would really worry about those temps though it kinda comes along with the territory of laptops.

It is interesting that you say it shut off, probably because of boincing.
I would probably use a basic laptop cooler. or in the meantime keep it on a hard surface with somethin under it to raise it off the surface.

You can also remove the heatsink and put some better thermal paste but just be mindful of how it was installed so you can put it back the same way
Edited by drnilly007 - 8/26/12 at 4:48pm
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Check for dust, and add fresh new TIM.
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the only thing you can really do with a laptop is reapply TIM, make sure the fan and heat sink is clean, get a laptop cooler, and maybe try and remove any restrictive plastic covers (or thin out the restrictive plastic but you may need to modify the plastic case for that)
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