How to Keep Your Dell Laptop From Overheating

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There are different, efficient ways to keep your laptop from overheating. Sam Edwards / Getty Images

In order to provide you with a compact computer, Dell manufacturers design laptops with all the internal components placed closely together. Because of this crowding, Dell laptops have a tendency to overheat faster than desktop computers. There are a number of interior devices to help counteract the overheating, such as fans and heat pipes. But after a long session on the laptop, it will eventually heat up [source: Martin]. There are tips and tools that you can use to keep your laptop cool. Read the points listed below and learn about how to keep your Dell laptop from overheating.

  • Laptop Maintenance There are several devices in your Dell laptop that work to prevent overheating. Heat sinks, air vents and fans are all installed within the notebook to dissipate hot air and cool off the system when it's operating for extended periods of time. If you find that your laptop is overheating too quickly or getting excessively hot, you may want to take your computer in for maintenance. Have a professional inspect the cooling systems. You may just need a cleaning to clear away any dust or debris that could be blocking proper airflow. Alternatively, you may require a repair or replacement to one of your cooling system parts [source: NMB].
  • Cooling Chill Mat Dell has created an accessory to prevent your laptop from overheating. The Cooling Chill Mat is a part that you can attach to the bottom of your computer. The mat is powered through your computer's USB port so no additional heat is produced. With the help of two fans, the mat keeps your computer's interior from heat damage and your lap from getting hot [source: Dell].
  • BIOS Update Check on the Dell Web site to see if your computer's model has a BIOS update available. Often simply updating your computer's BIOS with a newer version will improve the notebook's fan efficiency. Be aware that installing the BIOS upgrade may be difficult and if you're not computer savvy, you may want professional help with installing the update [source: Martin].