Signs of overheating in a Toshiba Satellite laptop

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Signs of overheating in a Toshiba Satellite laptop
In extreme cases, overheating can cause components in the laptop to burn out. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

In 2010, Toshiba had to recall 41,000 of its Satellite laptops because of overheating issues. The company acted quickly to diagnose the problem and provide consumers with a solution. However, there are several signs that may mean a Satellite laptop is overheating. A Satellite owner should be aware of them to ensure his laptop is not damaged through excess heat.

Fan running continuously

The fan in a Toshiba Satellite laptop -- as in all other laptops -- runs periodically to keep the internal mechanisms of the computer cool. If the fan is going all the time it signals that the laptop is struggling to get the components down to the desired temperature. Check the fan vents -- on the side of the laptop base -- for any build up of dust or other debris. If a fan runs for too long, this may cause the laptop to shut down, risking losing any unsaved work.


A Toshiba Satellite laptop may automatically turn itself off if internal sensors detect a high temperature. This will cause any unsaved data to be lost. Leave the laptop to cool for an hour before restarting it.

Start-up lag

Another sign of overheating is a lag in the time it takes the laptop to boot up. If the desktop takes several minutes to load after the on button has been pressed, the laptop is probably too hot. Leave to cool for an hour or more before re-trying.

Slow running

Much like a start up lag, if the laptop runs slow in use, overheating might be the cause. This is often most evident when using or having open several applications at once. Overheating means the laptop struggles to process all the data required to effectively run all the applications.


There are steps a Satellite owner can take to try to prevent his machine overheating. Using the laptop in a cool environment and not leaving it turned on for lengthy period of time when not in use are advised. Users can change the BIOS -- Basic Input Output Setting -- on the laptop, to control fan speed and CPU temperature. Consult the manual or ask a computer expert to do this, as getting the settings wrong can damage the laptop.

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