There are many reasons why a laptop fan can be loud. Some of these include; running resource intense application, gaming or faulty cooling fan. Overhearing is basically what makes fan to run faster and loud. Overheating is a threat to your laptop and therefore it is something that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Excess heat for a prolonged time can cause hardware damage and even permanent damage. A cool laptop runs very quietly and does not overheat.
In this post, we are going to look at how you can fix an overheating laptop to prevent further damages and improve performance.
What really causes overheating can be described in two words; insufficient cooling. There are other reasons that might facilitate insufficient cooling such as clogged fan, blocked intake grills and damaged thermal compound between CPU and heat sinks.
The first suspect is dust and therefore you should be ready to get your hands dirty and dust your laptop. If you are worried about taking your laptop apart, you can use online guides and tutorials to help you open your laptop safely.
When you dust your laptop but still find out that your laptop is still overheating and the fan is too loud, then you need to check the following software version solutions to overheating laptop. The following are the things you can try to make your laptop run smoother and quieter.
1. Check The Running Processes
In case you are running a CPU intensive process such as a game or video programs, your fan will run faster and will be loud. If there is no such program you are running you need to check the other processes that might be eating up your CPU.
To do this, you need to check on the Task Manager. To launch task manager, use these following key combinations; “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. Once the task manager windows launch, click on the process tab. Here you will find a list of all the running process and the memory they are consuming. There is a column named CPU, if you find out that a certain process is using something close to 100, this might be the cause of all laptop overheating. If you catch your suspect; select that process and end it. If that doesn’t help, move on to the next solution below.
2. Update Your Drivers
Drivers especially graphics can be a nuisance if you don’t update them. So if you notice decline in your overall PC performance, loud laptop fan, and laptop overheating, something might be wrong with your drivers.
It is best practice to regularly update your drivers every now and then. This will help in keeping your laptop running smoothly. Graphics drivers are especially critical and make a fan to misbehave and therefore you should look for a tool to help update graphics drivers automatically.
3. Find Ways to Cool Down your PC
When using a PC, you should make sure that the place it is kept has adequate air flow. The same case with your laptop; instead of placing it on your lap, you can place it on the table and operate it from there. This will help in creating an allowance for airflow which will prevent overheating and improve its performance.
There are also some DIY tweaks you can do to your desk and your laptop to make it cooler. You can raise it a bit by the use of laptop stands available in the market or create one by yourself. During the hot season, summer, it is critical to ensure that you are not keeping your laptop outside for long. In door environment helps in making your laptop to remain cooler. When a laptop reaches is temperature limit it will begin to misbehave and its performance will suffer.
4. Buy Laptop Coolers
Investing in cooling pad can give your laptop a long-term protection from overheating. Cooler pads help in creating a flow of air out and in your laptop to complement the inbuilt cooling fan. You should be careful on the type of cooler you select because the laptop’s fan operatea by sucking cooler air from beneath. You should make sure that the cooler pad you buy works in line with that mechanism. These cooler provides effective and accelerated cooling and thus improve your laptop’s performance.
5. Check Your Hard Disk
There are times when hard disk that is about to crash makes loud noise just like the fan. It is therefore wise to first investigate whether it is the fan or the hard disk that is making that worn noise before taking action. A mechanical component in the hard disk begins to deteriorate and therefore makes the spinning louder. Listen carefully and detect where the fan and the hard disk are located to know which one of them is making the loud noise.
To be safe from the impending data loss, you need to make sure that you create a data backup and save all the information that may be lost when the hard disk crashes. Backing up your data is not enough, you need to go a step further and make sure that you replace your hard disk as soon as possible. If you have a good budget, you can buy a solid state hard disk that is faster and will tend to last longer.
When all the above doesn’t work, there are tools that can be used to control how the cooling fan works. These tools should be the last resort after you have tried all the other solutions we have highlighted above. Some of these tools include; Speedfan, smsFanControl etc. that can be used to manually control how fast or how slow your fan spins.
These tools are to be used by advanced users only. They reduce the spinning of your cooling fan and therefore the cooling is insufficient and this can cause your laptop to overheat. The best use of these tools is to figure out the fan speed and determine which fan makes the loudest noise.
With the information above, you will be able to make your fan to run smoothly and your laptop will not overheat.
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