I have already read the forums on overheating laptops, tried em all, but I am looking for EXTREME SOLUTIONS!!!
I have a cooler pad (not the very best of them, (NOX Boreas) but eh), and the inside of the laptop, fan, cooler, etc. it is clean, as I do it once a month or so.
Most of the time (even when I am only web-browsing) the fan is runing fast and the back of the laptop it's "kinda" hot.
I recently bought Counter Strike Global Offensive game and as soon as i start the game, the fan goes crazy (fast and loud), the Motherboard and GPU temperature goes above 89-90ºC (Lavalys-Everest software), the back of the laptop its extremely hot, and in the end the laptop shut down alone, I have to wait to re-start it like 1 minute, as it won't start before (because it's still hot I guess).
Is it possible to change the fan for a better one? (more powerful, efficient, etc)
It is possible to change the cooling system?
A couple years ago my laptop would only run for about 20-30 minutes before it shut down from overheating. I had this huge paper to write, and didn't have the time to take it apart and clean it out really well. My solution was to fill a ziplock bag full of ice, prop up the laptop with a book or something, and slide the ice under so none of the weight was on the bag. Looking back, it probably wasn't a good idea, but it let me get the paper done. I later paid a guy to clean it thoroughly. He said I had a good 1/8 to 1/4 layer of dust on the inside of the heatsink, and that the only way to get to it was to take the whole darn thing apart.. something that Toshiba doesn't make too easy.
Disclaimer: I in no way take any responsibility for any mishaps that occur from using the ice bag technique.
I have a friend who has one those or one that is similar and had the same issue. He RMA'd it several times and Sony never fixed the issue. We tried the cooler pads, re-applying thermal compound (Tuniq TX-2), even set it on an air conditioner to keep it cool, basically everything possible. We could not resolve the issue. He ended up selling it and buying a Dell and has had no issues since.
The Sony laptops are just poorly designed when it comes to cooling efficiency. Once they get something tasking the CPU and GPU they can't keep the temps under control and will eventually shut themselves off to prevent overheating.
Somehow I blame Sony for this, but the thing is the laptop I had before was Sony Vaio aswell, and never encounter this kind of problem. Also, it was in a much different price range. I think this might affect the fiability somehow...
interesting story, but I will not try the ice thing hehehe. I'm glad it worked for you
I am planning for tomorrow morning to clean the insinde again and apply thermal compound on CPU & GPU.
Probably a design flaw, but Sony will not admit to so RMA is probably not going to solve unless the CPU or GPU chip is somehow defective and drawing excess current while still able to perform it's function.
Depending on the cooling vents you could probable use two 5 volt fans and force air in on one vent aid by the 2nd fan pulling hot air out. For the fans to work use a 5 volt adaptor designed to power a USB hub. Construct a shrould so that the air is direct into (or out) the vents. Not very practical except for home use.
Myself, I'd take ish416 solution - SELL the thing and get a better "BRAND"
My take on laptops preference:
Asus, toshiba, Samsung
Dell and HP - ONLY the enterprise versions, NOT their consummer models.
Sony and Acer - I do NOT buy.
The first thing I do for clients with overheating laptops that have already been cleaned/oiled/re-thermal'd is inspect the bottom of the laptop, on a lot of laptops you can see imprints in the plastic where it looks like they intended to cut cooling vents, especially on hp/acer/toshiba I have seen this. All I do is pull out the drill and after disassembling the laptop I drill new/larger vent holes, sometimes if there is space you can even install NEW intake/exhaust fans in places like extra m-pcie slots or secondary HDD slots.
Another trick is to hard-wire the fan to only run at 12v instead of the variable speeds. These are pretty invasive hacks though and should ONLY be done if you are comfortable drilling/soldering onto your laptop. AND without question this will void all warranty's etc.
thanks, I ordered this morning an external fan like the one you suggested.
P.S. Unfortunatelly, doesn't look like it will do the job, let's hope so
As I said, I cleaned it today and replaced the old thermal compound, and as soon as I shut it down, I dismounted it and the copper pipes were very hot, for me it seems like the heat it doesn't dissipate as fast and efficient as it should. (as RetiredChef pointed, might be a design flaw.)
Yes, I guess so. I might go for a PC, sooner or later. In the late years I had just the laptop, for the only reason I need it because I travel alot. But now I feel like playing some of the new games and I can't.
I'll let you know if the usb vacuum will work.
Thank you fungi,
but that kind of work would be too much for me. Beside that, I still need it fully mobile.
Old thread I know but check this out.... If you are into projects check out the results - my laptop has overheating issues too.. I might try this and find ways to put ice in front of the intake fan or something lol
The only solution I found so far for my Dell cooker (Dell N5010) is to blow air towards it with a table fan.
I've made a custom table for it, I made a 13" by 8" hole in the table ( I know its a huge empty space ! So basically I place my laptop on this, table wood covers only 2" from all four sides of laptop, rest of center is floating in the air.
After placing my laptop on the table I blow air towards it with a table fan similar to this, it has adjustable fan. http://2.imimg.com/data2/YV/BS/MY-/all-purpose-fan-500x...
It helps alot when you are running some extensive games !
Your laptop should have vents in the back else this mod would'n't work.