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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TECH ADVICE: Preventing overheating in laptops!

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DPA / The Hindu / BERLIN, July 11, 2011.

The first warning for possible overheating in laptops is a loud, lasting noise of the fan.
The first warning for possible overheating in laptops is a loud, lasting noise of the fan - The Hindu.

Once it gets really hot outside, laptops make a lot of noise — and in extreme cases they even break down. That’s why laptop owners should make sure their equipment always gets plenty of air, especially in the summer.
“When the ventilation slots are continually covered it could lead to lasting damage in the computer in the worst case,” said Peter Knaak of Germany’s Stiftung Warentest consumer protection group. The battery also loses its capacity quickly with temperatures over 70 degrees. Therefore, laptops should never be kept in direct sunlight and always on a flat, hard surface.
The first warning for possible overheating is a loud, lasting noise of the fan. Users should at this point avoid using computation-intensive games and programs. That also includes the transparency effect in the Windows operating system, according to Knaak: “They may look sleek but they require a lot of work for the graphic card.” Charging the battery while working on the laptop also creates heat. Those who attach their laptop to the mains should when possible take out the battery in the summer.

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