The performance of your laptop can be affected by dust and dirt. General maintenance can prolong the life of your equipment and help ensure the contents of your laptop won't get lost as a result of a computer crash.
Regular cleaning the laptop can help prevent such occurrences and keep your computer clean and dust free! This in turn can minimize the possiblity of your laptop overheating. Overheating is a common complaint among laptop users. The two most likely causes of overheating:
1. Dust in the laptop is making the cooling system less efficient than it originally was.
2. Heat-sink thermal paste/pad not applied correctly.
In this post, we focus on option 1 above and we take a look at cleaning the vents of a HP dv5 1002nr laptop.
Note: It is not a good idea to use your laptop on soft surfaces such as beds, pillows, carpeting, sofas, or even your lap. This blocks air intake and exhaust vents.
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
1. Items needed:
a. Compressed air can (e.g. Falcon Dust-Off XL)
2. Power down laptop.
3. While keeping the can upright, apply a few quick bursts of air to the vents of the laptop.
4. Us the toothpick to hold the fan from spinning and again, apply a few bursts of air to the vent holes of the CPU fan.