Is there a better way to cool a laptop?

By smore9648
Sep 16, 2006
  1. I have a Alienware laptop and I do not have any issues with it but I just wanted to know if there are more effecient ways of cooling it down.

    This is what I use and how I keep it cooled.

    I use a Targus cooling pad with three fans and I keep the system by open windows to keep the air flow. It averages around 125F all the time.

    I just want to know if anyone else does something more to keep their laptops cooled down more
  2. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    what is the proc in there? It might just be a laptop that will run hot because of what you got in it.
  3. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 697

    Intel 3.4 processor
  4. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    If its a prescott, then that is why. Prescotts run too hot.
  5. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 697

    Yes its a prescott.
  6. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Go and get yourself some compressed air and blow out the vents.
  7. wallabing

    wallabing TS Rookie Posts: 69

    Be like me, take it apart, and reapply artic silver 5 between the CPU and heatsink. The heatsink is actually a heatpipe. You might not know it, but Alienware does not use thermal paste beteween the cpu and heatsink, they use cheap crappy thermal tape thingy.

    Then completly rip out and take out the metal filter mesh in the fan intake hole to let 100% airflow in. You might find that the filter mesh is hot glued on to the laptop plastic, just rip it out. I find these techniques really cools down the laptop period.

    I also took the time to reapply artic silver 5 on the northbridge as it also uses a crappy thermal sticky tape

    Here is one picture from my work

    Hope this helps other people who want cooler laptops.

    When I go into hp bios, the temps lowered a good 8 degress celcius from around the regular 45c idle to 37. It's a P4 532 3.06ghtz Prescott

    What do you all think of this little project?
  8. wallabing

    wallabing TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I actually try to help people instead of trying to say 10 different ways of "your screwed"
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    LoL Wallabing...

    Wallabing has some good ideas. Obviously this would be part of the work, but I find cleaning out the heatsink (mounted atop the CPU) in laptop lower the temps drastically, if they've been in use for several months or longer.

    Dust builds up pretty easily in there.

    But in the end, it is what it is and its a laptop. It's always going to be pretty warm or even hot (in your caes, hot, I'm sure). It's just a matter of whether it is freezing, running poorly or displaying other overheating symptoms.
  10. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 697

    Thanks for the tips, but I already know all that. I am just thought there was a better way to get the machince down in the 100-115 degree range and staying there. Just wishful hoping on my part:grinthumb
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