There are many people who ask about laptop maintenance to prevent them from having the problems that most people run into with their laptop. If you plan on keep your laptop for a while then laptop maintenance will need to be at the top of your priority list. Laptop maintenance is just as important as car maintenance. If you don’t change the oil in your car then you will eventually have engine breakdown from excessive heat.
The same principle goes for laptop maintenance. You will have to perform laptop maintenance regularly if you want to avoid many of the problems with laptops. Most people think that those problems are inevitable, but all you really have to do is pay attention. For instance, there are programs such as PC Wizard 2008 and Speed Fan that will tell you how hot your laptop CPU is getting. If you have a newer laptop then you should know that there is a problem if your laptop CPU’s temperature is higher than 70° Celsius. That usually means that you need to perform some laptop maintenance.
In this case, you would most likely need to clean out your heat sink and fan. Because laptops have so little space for airflow in their design, the buildup of dust can eventually cause severe airflow blockage without much warning. Most laptop designs will force you to completely open up the laptop to get to the fan and heat sink. The good thing about most laptops is that when you get there, the fan folds back after you unscrew it. That makes it easy to clean both the heat sink and the fan. You can even use a conventional vacuum cleaner hose to make the job easier.
You can also try to use the vacuum hose directly on the vent for the heat sink but the blockage may be too tight to get the job done from that side. If you don’t feel like opening your laptop you can buy some compressed air. Blowing the air at the heat sink will break the clot of dust, but it will only delay the evitable laptop maintenance.After you are done with the laptop maintenance you will notice that the temperature of your Laptop CPU will have dropped significantly. It will probably be around the range of 40° Celsius. This laptop maintenance will prevent many laptop hardware failure problems that are trigger by heat.