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Hello World,

I have a 17inch Dell Inspiron Laptop. I have had this laptop for a long time. I would say maybe from 2010. Now, It is exteremely overheating. I am NOT able to play vidoes on online websites. I have cleaned the outside of the laptop using air duster. But it is still extremely overheating.

So, my question is that Is this laptop finished? OR Is there a trick I can do fix this? I also have a external fan pad running under the laptop. Any suggestions is appreciated from all the Gurus.

Thanks in advance smile.gif

biggrin.gif:)
Edited by cyberdome - 6/12/16 at 2:33pm
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There's probably still dust inside the laptop that you can't get out without opening it. You may also want to remove the old thermal paste and put some MX-4 or GC-extreme on it.
Edited by czin125 - 6/12/16 at 2:16pm
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Hello World,

I have a 17inch Dell Inspiron Laptop. I have had this laptop for a long time. I would maybe from 2010. Now, It is running exteremely overheating. I am NOT able to play vidoes on online websites. I have cleaned the outside of laptop using the Air Duster. But still it is extremely overheating.

So, my question is that does this laptop finished? OR Is there trick I can do fix this. I also have a external fan pad running under the laptop. Any suggestions is appreciated from all the Gurus.

Thanks in advance smile.gif

biggrin.gif:)

6 years is an extremely long time for a laptop, there's probably all sort of dust and dirt inside it. If you feel comfortable with it, you should disassemble it by finding a guide that fits your laptop model from youtube, like this one.
As mentioned by czin125, you should also consider reseating the TIM on your CPU/GPU by removing the heatsink assembly as well. I used to do this procedure on my hp laptop regularly for at least 2-3 times a year.
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Hey, is the laptop fan working (spinning faster when it gets hot)? I'm sure you would have noticed if it failed, but it's worth asking! I am going to cover all bases with this post, apologies if you knew things I am saying/explaining already.

If the fan is working, have a look at your internal component's temperatures, if you haven't already. You can use HWINFO to do that, look for CPU temperatures and GPU temperatures mostly. Post a picture here of your temperatures when your laptop is overheating so we can take a look.


Temperatures up to 85C are very acceptable, and a lot of popular laptops such as macbooks have temperatures up to 95C and do not get damaged. Just as a guideline. Your components should have an idle temperature of around 50C or less. If your temperatures come to rest much higher than that, that would indicate an issue with your cooling.

If you do have an issue with cooling, it will either be down to there being too much dust inside your laptop, or the thermal paste (a highly heat-conductive paste between the laptop's internal cooling system - heatpipes, and the components - GPU and CPU, that it is cooling).

You can most likely get into your laptop through a bottom access panel, removable on most laptops with a phillips screwdriver. Clear all the dust out that you can, and see if it helps. If not, you can try to replace the thermal paste. For that you would need to follow a guide, and you would also need to buy some thermal paste. I suggest Arctic MX-4.

I hope you can fix your issue, and that what I have written is of some use to you. smile.gif
Edited by d0mini - 6/12/16 at 4:37pm
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Hey, is the laptop fan working (spinning faster when it gets hot)? I'm sure you would have noticed if it failed, but it's worth asking! I am going to cover all bases with this post, apologies if you knew things I am saying/explaining already.

If the fan is working, have a look at your internal component's temperatures, if you haven't already. You can use HWINFO to do that, look for CPU temperatures and GPU temperatures mostly. Post a picture here of your temperatures when your laptop is overheating so we can take a look.


Temperatures up to 85C are very acceptable, and a lot of popular laptops such as macbooks have temperatures up to 95C and do not get damaged. Just as a guideline. Your components have an idle temperature of around 50C or less. If your temperatures come to rest much higher than that, that would indicate an issue with your cooling.

If you do have an issue with cooling, it will either be down to there being too much dust inside your laptop, or the thermal paste (a highly heat-conductive paste between the laptop's internal cooling system - heatpipes, and the components - GPU and CPU, that it is cooling).

You can most likely get into your laptop through a bottom access panel, removable on most laptops with a phillips screwdriver. clear all the dust out that you can, and see if it helps. If not, you can try to replace the thermal paste. For that you would need to follow a guide, and you would also need to buy some thermal paste. I suggest Arctic MX-4.

I hope you can fix your issue, and what I have written is of some use to you. smile.gif

+1 for the clean troubleshooting instructions.

Usually, bottom access panels are a quick way to get access to RAM, storage, battery, and/or wireless modules. To clean and reapply the thermal paste he will have to disassemble his laptop and remove the heatsink assembly.
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Originally Posted by d0mini View Post

Hey, is the laptop fan working (spinning faster when it gets hot)? I'm sure you would have noticed if it failed, but it's worth asking! I am going to cover all bases with this post, apologies if you knew things I am saying/explaining already.

If the fan is working, have a look at your internal component's temperatures, if you haven't already. You can use HWINFO to do that, look for CPU temperatures and GPU temperatures mostly. Post a picture here of your temperatures when your laptop is overheating so we can take a look.


Temperatures up to 85C are very acceptable, and a lot of popular laptops such as macbooks have temperatures up to 95C and do not get damaged. Just as a guideline. Your components have an idle temperature of around 50C or less. If your temperatures come to rest much higher than that, that would indicate an issue with your cooling.

If you do have an issue with cooling, it will either be down to there being too much dust inside your laptop, or the thermal paste (a highly heat-conductive paste between the laptop's internal cooling system - heatpipes, and the components - GPU and CPU, that it is cooling).

You can most likely get into your laptop through a bottom access panel, removable on most laptops with a phillips screwdriver. clear all the dust out that you can, and see if it helps. If not, you can try to replace the thermal paste. For that you would need to follow a guide, and you would also need to buy some thermal paste. I suggest Arctic MX-4.

I hope you can fix your issue, and what I have written is of some use to you. smile.gif



No, I am NOT able to hear the FAN. FAN runs okay. I just checked the HWINFO, I saw 2 temperatures, one says 25C and the other says 50C. But right now it is running fine and normal. I will run some videos and make it overheat and run the HWINFO again. and then I will report back the temps.

Thanks. Your info is awesome.
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Thanks everyone for great Information. I will report back. But I am NOT comfortable taking it apart. But If I have time. I will try the bottom cover first.

Thanks
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No problem, and tornado is right, if you do have to replace your thermal paste, it would most likely involve more than opening the bottom panel. You could look up your exact model of laptop to see if it is possible to disassemble it further easily, or if you even need to at all.

Some laptops, like the one I have in my signature, allow for all components to be easily accessed through the panel. Others, especially from the more popular brands make it more difficult to access certain parts, especially those required for thermal paste reapplication. I had forgotten about that tongue.gif

Those temperatures look okay. Put some stress on the machine like a game or a benchmark and see what you get, and good luck whatever you end up trying.
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Try vacuuming the vents if you don't want to open the laptop. It may get rid of some dust.
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