Hi Lifehacker, I've owned a Sony Vaio laptop (VPCF116FG) for just over three years and overheating is becoming an issue. Recently I've noticed that it overheats fairly quickly even with the most mundane tasks. such as watching a video or browsing using Firefox. Even when I switch it on, Task Manager reports that it's already using about 1.5GB of my 4GB of RAM. I can't have too many programs running or my laptop shuts itself down without warning.
I've tried disabling all unnecessary startup programs but that doesn't seem to help. I always have Task manager open to close any tasks that I know I don't need. I've tried putting my laptop on a wooden board and raise it on small wooden blocks to allow for airflow. I even wired my old desktop's fan as a USB fan and put that underneath but my laptop still keeps burning up. I always routinely unsintall software that I don't use, keep spare drive space and kill bloatware. I've even re-installed Windows but that doesn't seem to help either. Is there anything else I can do? Thanks, Hot Stuff
As luck would have it, we already answered this question during a previous As LH post. Rather than regurgitating all the same information, here's a link to the original, in-depth answer. This will guide you through common heating issues and how to treat them; from manually adjusting fan speeds to minimising CPU-intense processes (which unfortunately means cutting back on HD video).
You could also try your luck with a laptop chill mat which are a lot more effective than most people give them credit for. This chill mat group-test will give you a good indication of what to look out for.
Otherwise, options are pretty limited when it comes to a three year-old machine — perhaps it's time to upgrade to a new model? If any readers have some cooling tips of their own, let HS know in the comments section below.
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