Laptops are fantastic for portability and convenience, but they can overheat. Gaming is a culprit as it's resource-intensive, and your computer can't dissipate that heat effectively. So it will overheat.
As a gamer, it's painful if your laptop overheats and shuts down in the middle of a session. It's not only frustrating, but overheating can damage your computer and cause it to malfunction. By knowing what causes overheating and taking proper precautionary steps, you can keep your laptop cool and avoid overheating.
Your laptop overheats due to insufficient cooling. As computers have become more powerful, they generate more heat. Laptops are more compact than desktop computers and have less room for all their components. So the temperature rises when you do complex tasks like:
Internal fans will try to cool everything down, but your laptop can still get too hot and start slowing down.
Multiple factors usually cause your computer to overheat. The most common reason for overheating is inadequate airflow within the device. Some other potential reasons why your laptop might overheat are:
A laptop that severely overheats causes irreparable damage to its internal components, including:
Overheating can decrease your laptop's lifespan. Usually, before this happens, the notebook will attempt to shut itself down. However, in rare instances, faulty laptops can even start fires.
If you're noticing that your laptop is getting hotter and slower to operate, there's a good chance it's overheating. The first sign of overheating is when you hear the laptop fan constantly whirring at full speed. Common symptoms of an overheating laptop are:
If your laptop is overheating, it's essential to take steps to fix the problem. Otherwise, you risk damaging it and losing important data.
If your laptop is overheating, it's essential to identify which components are causing the problem. The culprit is usually the central processing unit (CPU) or the graphics processing unit (GPU). To diagnose, use free software that monitors your laptop's temperatures in real time:
Watch for temperatures that reach 90°C or higher, which is the upper limit of most CPUs and GPUs. Monitoring your laptop's temperatures will help you pinpoint the source of the problem and take the necessary steps to fix it.
Disclaimer: Acer doesn’t endorse any third-party software. Use at your own risk.
1) Run The Power Troubleshooter Menu
If the root cause of laptop overheating is faulty software, running Windows Power Troubleshooter can sometimes resolve it. To perform the power troubleshooting, you need to go through the following steps:
2) Clean your computer's fans and vents
It's essential to clean out the vents and fans to keep your laptop cool. Over time, these can become clogged with dust and other debris, which can prevent proper airflow and cause your computer to overheat.
The laptop's fan works if you feel hot air blowing out of the vents. Dust could be the issue if you feel little or no air.
Some Acer laptops use a LiquidLoop - a fanless cooling system - so the above steps are redundant.
3) Use your Laptop on a hard, flat surface
Most laptops have intake vents on the bottom to allow cool air to reach the components inside. A soft, uneven surface, such as a sofa, bed, or rug, can block these vents and cause the laptop to overheat. So - ensure you're using your computer on a hard surface to allow the vents to stay clear and air to circulate more easily.
4) Elevate your laptop at a comfortable angle
You can use a laptop stand or a book to elevate your laptop. Leave two to three inches of space on all sides to keep it cool and prevent it from overheating.
5) Use the original/certified charger
The battery or charger could be a problem if your laptop is overheating. As the temperature rises, the battery sensor may misfire, telling the system that the battery is either fully charged or missing. This can cause charging problems or cause your system to shut down to prevent overheating the battery.
If your battery is hot, remove it from the laptop and allow it to cool to room temperature before using it again. A genuine or certified laptop charger and battery are always better than third-party compatible products.
6) Keep your laptop out of the sun
If your laptop is in the sun, it will raise its internal temperature. High temperatures may cause your notebook to overheat due to an expansion of the hard drive and battery damage. In extreme temperatures, small plastic parts may even warp. So, avoid leaving your laptop in a vehicle and keep your laptop in the shade whenever temperatures are high.
7) Check your Windows power settings
You can alter a few Windows settings to help your laptop beat the heat.
Doing this can help extend your laptop's life and keep it running cooler.
8) Invest in a laptop cooling fan
For a low-cost product, laptop cooling fans are simple and effective at keeping your laptop cool. Simply place your laptop on the pad and turn it on. The laptop cooler contains a bed of multiple cooling fans that will start circulating air around your laptop's underside, keeping it cool and preventing overheating.
You can also use it on a bed, so you're not restricted to using your laptop on a hard flat surface. Overall, the laptop cooler is an almost must-have for all laptop owners.
Acer increases performance and reliability with less noise with three advanced thermal technologies:
1) Acer AeroBlade™ Fan
The ultrathin AeroBlade™ Fan, the world's thinnest metal fins (just 0.1mm), offers advanced aerodynamics and airflow to keep your system:
2) Acer DustDefender
DustDefender fans are stronger and lighter. They propel dust and heat away from the device in alternating directions at extreme speeds.
3) Acer LiquidLoop™
Acer LiquidLoop is a liquid cooling system that expels heat without fans or exhaust vents. So, you won't need to worry about dust or noise.
Here's hoping the solutions we've listed above will help you identify your overheating problem. By identifying the issue, you can take steps to prevent overheating and any damage to the hardware. Check out our Acer guide to the Best Big Screen Laptops if you're after a new machine.
*The opinions reflected in this article are the sole opinions of the author and do not reflect any official positions or claims by Acer Inc.
About Robert Stark: Robert is a Taiwan-based writer and digital marketer at iamrobert design. He has a passion for helping people simplify their lives through tech.