With these three tips, you can keep it cool.

We all like to complain about the weather, “too hot” or “too cold” but do we spare a thought for our many devices and how they are faring? Electronic devices can be affected by changes in temperature and really do not like being too hot. So what can we do when our laptop is too hot or our computer crashes suddenly? We have three tips for you, to keep things cool.

Do not underestimate the consequences of heat. Sudden crashes of your hardware can have dire consequences. Ranging from data loss, to the total loss of your equipment – the list of damaging repercussions can be extensive. Read on to find out how to prevent this.

PC too hot?

Imagine you have been working for hours on an important piece of work or have been playing an action-packed computer game. Suddenly, to your horror, the screen goes black, or a distorted rainbow pattern covers your screen! The graphics card or the processor has overheated and has now inevitably shut down. The computer (or laptop) will shut down all of its components in an attempt to protect them. This is infuriating, especially if you have not saved your work as you have progressed. But why does the graphics card switch off? It’s simple: the heat is the guilty culprit! Working in the sun may be an attractive proposition for many of us, but our devices are at the mercy of the sunlight and ambient temperatures. Your predicament of the overheating PC is usually announced by a significantly increased operating volume. The fans whir loudly as they rotate faster, trying to bring more air into the housing unit.

Tip # 1: It’s best to avoid direct sunlight while surfing. The same is also true if you are using your smartphone. These are particularly prone to heat damage due to direct sunlight as they have no active cooling mechanism.

Dust and direct sunlight: Two things that damage your computer

Even if your computer tower is situated under the desk, it can still can get overheated. It is usually sandwiched between the furniture and placed too close to the wall. This can drag dust into the unit by the power fan, which then settles on the components. The cables to the PC can be jammed against the air vent which impedes air exchange. Wide ribbon cable from the motherboard to the graphics card can also be particularly concerning.

Tip # 2: Create some space around the computer, so that the air can circulate freely. If the equipment is stored in an enclosed area, hot air will cycle through it making it hotter and hotter. Make sure that the air vent is not covered. Make sure that your devices are not stacked, use shelves if possible.

Tip # 3: Replace the fan with a larger one. The larger the blade wheel, the more air can be circulated. Also, if your laptop is too hot you could invest in a laptop stand that allows the air to flow unobstructed from the air vents on the base of the unit.

Need Help?

If you have noticed that your device is working at a disturbingly loud volume, it may be clogged with dust or pet hairs. We recommend that you get it cleaned inside by your local computer shop, PCSimple.co.uk in Station Road (01263) 823812

If your computer has crashed because of heat and there is no image when restarted, PCSimple will be able to advise if a new graphics card is needed.

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