About Compaq Laptop Overheating

Written by john hewitt
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Compaq was once a leading manufacturers of computer hardware for the consumer market. In 2001, amid falling sales and increasing competition from other manufacturers, Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard (HP). The Compaq brand name has continued to be placed on some products, but the prevalence has been decreasing considerably in recent years.

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Identification

The lack of new Compaq laptops on the market can make it relatively difficult to get technical support if you have an overheating problem. The most common Compaq laptop line is the Presario. Many in the 700 series have been remarked upon for having considerable overheating problems. Luckily, there are some solutions that can be applied to help deal with the overheating issue without relying on repairs or technical support. Many Compaq laptops have been known to have been shipped with misapplied thermal paste on their CPU heat sinks, which quite often leads to cooling issues.

Significance

If the heating problem only tends to show up after the laptop is left on for significant amounts of time, you may be able to stop the overheating problems with a minor change in usage patterns. Leave the laptop off or suspended when you are not using it. Laptops are not equipped with as strong heat sinks as desktops are, and as such they dissipate heat more slowly. If your Compaq laptop overheats only occasionally, try leaving it off for an hour or two before using it again.

Prevention/Solution

If your Compaq laptop overheats constantly even when it's only been left on for a short time, you could either install it on a fan base--a common piece of hardware that you can find online--or literally aim a fan at it. It might also help to reduce the ambient temperature in the room by opening a window or turning down the thermostat. More heat is generated when running graphically intensive programs, so limit how hard your laptop is being worked if it has persistent heating problems. Use a can of dry air on the vents to make sure that they're not being clogged by dust or other light particles.

Effects

The overheating problem could also be caused by a virus or other software issue. First, try running a virus scan using your program of choice. If that comes up negative, scan for spyware and adware, which might be eating up system resources and causing excess heat. If all of those fail, you could try reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling your operating system. That might solve the problem. If it does not, you can be certain that it is not a software issue.

Potential

Finally, if all else fails, contact Hewlett-Packard to try to get technical assistance. If your Compaq laptop is old, the warranty may have already expired. Generally, it is far less cost effective to replace a laptop's parts than it is to simply buy a new one. If a customer service representative asks you whether you want a new part for your laptop, be sure to compare it to how much it would cost for you to purchase a new one. This way, you can avoid paying more than you need to in order to get a functioning laptop.

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