How to Run Windows Apps on Your Linux Eee PC  

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One of the reservations many have about purchasing a Xandros Eee PC, or any notebook running Linux for that matter, is the Linux operating system's inability to run their favorite Windows based programs. Lots of applications are released with a Linux version, but some like iTunes and Adobe Photoshop, aren't.

Enter Wine: a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows programs on a Linux OS. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows; it however is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API.

Setting up Wine on your Eee PC is a sure-fire way to make sure you can run all your favorite applications in the Xandros Linux OS. Follow these steps to run Windows software on your Eee PC's Linux based desktop.

Steps:

Introduction

1. Open Synaptic Package Manager
2. Add the Wine Repository
3. Update Package Listing
4. Download and Install Wine
5. Configure Wine
6. Install a Windows Program
7. Run Your Windows Program

Seven Tips for Better Notebook Battery Life  

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Ever been on a long flight, ready to hunker down and get some work done, only to discover that your notebook's battery is plunging toward the red zone an hour after takeoff? So have we. That's why we've gathered these simple tips that will preserve your notebook's juice and boost your productivity. Read them now. You'll thank yourself later.

1. Sleep Is Good
Use the operating system's power-management features (in Windows XP, under Power Options in the Control Panel; or in Vista, under Mobile PC in the Control Panel) to set aggressive targets for when the display will go dark (say, after five minutes of inactivity) and when the machine will slip into sleep mode (no longer than ten minutes of inactivity). And if you can spare the extra time it takes for the machine to resume, set the PC to hibernate, not just sleep, when you close the lid.

2. Don't Be Performance Hungry
Unless you're running high-order mathematical calculations on that long plane ride, chances are you don't need all the processing power your CPU is capable of giving. So in Vista, select the "Power saver" power plan (found in the Control Panel, in the Power Options section) to extend battery life when on DC power, and leave the 3D gaming for when you're near an AC outlet.

3. Dim the Lights
Turn down the brightness of the LCD panel (via the Function-key combo, or in the Control Panel's Display Settings dialog) to the lowest level you can tolerate. The backlight sucks power like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

4. Banish Non-Essential Components
When you aren't actively using the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IR radios, turn them off (via the hard switch, if your PC has it, or in the appropriate utility set), so they don't trickle you dry trying to connect. Also, use USB-attached devices only when absolutely necessary. They aren't getting their power from positive ions in the air, you know.

5. Watch Scheduled Tasks
Be sure that your periodic virus scan is set to a time when you're usually plugged in; running a full-disk virus check keeps the hard drive and CPU fully engaged for the better part of an hour.

6. Lay Off the Multimedia
A little in-flight music is nice while you construct that PowerPoint presentation, but streaming music from your hard drive (or playing a CD) means the disk (or disc) is always spinning.

7. Get More Juice
Let everyone else fight over that free AC outlet. Designed to sit underneath your notebook, the APC Universal Notebook Battery 70 ($149; www.apcc.com) can provide up to six hours of endurance using its lithium polymer technology. It comes with a variety of notebook tips and features selectable output voltages. The unit adds 1.8 pounds to your carry-on, but it's better than having your laptop run out of gas midflight.

Notebook Computer Buying Tips  

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There are a lot of notebook computer buying guides designed to help an inexperienced user to buy the right notebook. Some of these guides are good, some of them are not. Here is a notebook buying guide I like because it’s written on people’s language and not designed to sell you anything. This guide explains the difference between a budget notebook, a mainstream notebook and a gaming notebook and what you should expect from your laptop.

From myself I would like to add some hardware related details you should think of before you buy a notebook computer.

Laptop AC Adapter.

Make sure to check the size of the AC adapter before you buy a laptop. Usually, you do not see the AC adapter before you buy the laptop and open the box at home. You’ll be very surprised to see that your AC adapter is half-size of your computer. I did this mistake when I bought Sony Vaio PCG-FRV26. The AC adapter wasn’t designed for a portable computer at all.

Volume Control.

If you like listen music a lot then you have to choose a laptop with some kind of a hardware sound volume control (sound volume buttons or sound volume wheel located on the laptop). I prefer a volume wheel like on most Toshiba laptops. The volume wheel gives you almost instant access to the sound level. If you do not have a hardware control, then the only way to change the sound volume is through the software settings; it takes some time.

Sound System.

This is again for music lovers. Make sure to find a laptop with a good sound system. In my opinion, Harman/Kardon system is one of the best. I have Harman/Kardon speakers on my HP Pavilion zv5430us and the sound is awesome. :) Sound on my Sony Vaio laptop sucks! :(

Laptop Memory Location.

The system board is one of the most important and most expensive parts of a notebook computer and you will get an advantage if you know what kind of the system board installed into the laptop. Some modern notebooks have memory integrated on the system board and offer only one extra memory slot to expand the memory size in the future. If onboard memory goes bad, you have to replace the entire system board. It’s OK if your laptop is still under warranty, but what if you have to pay cash for the repair? Also you cannot upgrade onboard memory. Other type of system boards do not have onboard memory, instead offer to you two memory slots on the system board. You will have to replace only the memory stick if it goes bad. System board with 2 memory slots usually can accept up to 2 GB of memory (1GB memory stick in each slot). So, if you plat to upgrade your laptop in the future, make sure that your laptop has both memory slots available for upgrade. Ask a sales person for details.



USB Port Location.

Check how USB ports are located on the laptop. If you plan to use USB devices like a wireless mouse, a flash drive or an external USB hard drive, then it would be nice to have couple USB ports on the side of your laptop not only on the back. Some laptops do not have USB ports on sides and to connect an USB device you have to turn the laptop.

Make sure that USB ports are not located too close to each other. Some older USB devices are big and when you plug it into one USB port, the second USB port becomes unusable.

Keyboard.

If you are a network administrator or have a job related to networking, then probably you use Windows run box a lot. To access the run box in Windows you use a shortcut (Windowd Key + R button). On some keyboards the Windows Key is located in the lower left corner, so you can use one hand to start it. On some keyboards the Windows Key is located in the upper right corner and to start the run box you have to use both hands. Choose the right keyboard for you. For some people it’s not a problem at all, but what if you use this shortcut hundreds times a day?

Parallel Port.

Very often this option is overlooked. If you plan to connect a printer to your laptop via a parallel port then you have to find a laptop with this option. Many modern laptops are designed for modern USB printers and they do not have the parallel port at all.



Laptop Warranty.

If you think that notebook computers do not fail or they fail only during the first year of exploitation, think again. In my opinion, an extended 3or 4 years warranty is a must for any notebook computer. For example I’ll give you approximate prices for some Toshiba Satellite A75 laptop parts if you decide to repair it in Toshiba Repair Center.

Tips For Laptop  

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I’ve noticed a lot of people bashing laptops with desktop processors and also some speaking of repairing laptops due to overheating, design flaws and mishandling. So, I figured I’d throw this out there to help the average person who owns a laptop from owning an expensive paper weight.

Laptops are like desktops, but in a smaller box. What does this mean?

If you have a newer processor that’s clocked at 2 Ghz+ guess what - this thing is going to get hot. Ok, well that’s an easy one for most people who have had one on their lap for extended periods of time, but why they don’t think about it isn’t something I understand.

It seems that most laptops draw air in through the bottom and blow it out the back, right? So, setting a laptop on your lap, on a blanket (to keep the heat from you) or setting them on carpet is like throwing blankets on a computer with a 2 Ghz+ processor and expecting it to work right. Of course, this is a no brainer for most because the words “FIRE HAZARD” or more commonly “DEAD PC” come to mind.

Laptops, like desktops, usually have hard drives. Hard drives not only put heat out of their own but they’re also prone to dying from excess heat. Besides this they’re vibration sensitive. So not carefully setting a laptop down with at least some care or padding can be like throwing a desktop in the corner or in dropping it from waist high at times.

So, a couple recommendations for any newer laptop but especially the desktop replacement types:

1. Always try to fork out the extra dough for an extended warrantee.

Many people (probably most) that build PCs, mod them, and even many that go the extra mile to pin mod and water cool still do not like to open up laptops to work on them. It’s easy to mess something up, mix up the screws, or damage the case when opening it up.

Many laptops are designed with inefficient cooling methods and many are just barely enough to do the job. You don’t want to be the person that found this out by having the magical blue smoke that makes electronics work come out of the laptop and have to pay to have the interior parts replaced because the processor cooked, baking into the motherboard and the hard drive died as a heat related side effect.

You also don’t want to be the person that has a paperweight down the road because a bad design:

* Has allowed the motherboard to jar loose and short on the case;
* Has caused the weak power input to snap;
* Has allowed the LCD screen to flex beyond its limits and crack, or allowed the ribbon cable to shortout or tear.

2. Buy a laptop cooler (This is especially true for those with the desktop replacement types.)

Just look at this as a cheap insurance policy. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive one out there - even the $20 ones will do. This will help to keep the bottom of the laptop cool which is where, in many cases, the hard drive will get rid of the majority of its heat. Besides this, a cooler will insure your laptop’s heatsinks get the air they were designed to work with and as an added bonus, it’ll keep you cool if you use it on your lap.

Remember - if you feel too warm, the laptop very well maybe too. If a person gets hot, they’ll usually try to do something about it. If a laptop gets hot, the best it can do is make its little fans scream, and even this can be pointless if the areas for getting air are blocked.

3. Get some sort of padded carrying pack for the laptop.

This will serve as protection for it in many ways:

The packs usually have handles or come in backpack form to help to keep them in your grasp when in transit, whether to a friend’s place or while navigating through a busy hall.

Laptops have to be touched. For whatever reason, it’s a genetic human instinct to want to touch a laptop if no one is around or even if the owner is there. This is almost a law from those just old enough to crawl and slobber up to the age where they fear or loath computers.

A carrying pack for a laptop can act as camouflage or as a place to hide in plain sight. Although the urge to see what’s in a bag is great, it’s not nearly as great as the urge to touch a laptop. If nothing else, it may buy you a few seconds to get back to it before someone gets the laptop out of the bag, and offers some padding if the curious offender drops it.

This will also provide at the very least mild protection from liquids. This is nice for unexpected rain, or unexpected alcohol abuse.

Just some thoughts. Yes, it does mean throwing a couple extra bucks down for the laptop, but just look at it as insurance. Insurance that may help to keep you from ending up with an expensive paper weight that eats at your nerves when you look at it.

Laptop tips  

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You just got a shiny new laptop to use on your commute to the office, on business trips, vacations and at the coffee shop down the street. Congratulations! You'll be a productivity powerhouse! But hold your horses for a minute there, bucko.

Any road warrior will tell you life with a lappie isn't always easy. As a freelancer with a keyboard permanently propped up on my thighs (like right now on an airplane bound for Seattle), I've got a few hints and tips for extending the life of your laptop and easing the pain of the never-ending outlet and hotspot hunt.
Extend your battery life.

Laptop productivity on the cold, cruel and often electrical outletless road often depends entirely on how much juice you've got left. The screen draws the most power from your battery. When you don't have access to an outlet, dim your screen to the lowest setting to make your battery last as long as possible.

Also, disable unnecessary CPU-cycle-eating processes - like auto Bluetooth device and wifi network detection - to save juice and make your battery last longer.
Save your keyboard and screen.

geektolive-keyboardiskin.jpgAt the beach house there is sand, at the coffee shop there are crumbs, and right now your fingers are covered in Dorito dust. Protect your keyboard from stray crumbage getting into the cracks with a protective cover. At a reader's recommendation, I invested in the iSkin which does double duty: it keeps crumbs out from between the keys and also protects the screen from keyboard scratches.

geek-to-live-laptopkeyboardprotection.jpg Another way to prevent screen scrapes is a piece of rubberized shelf liner cut to fit inside your lappie like the bologna in a sandwich when you shut it. I've also seen people use a thin piece of cloth.

If your laptop keys are already sticky and furry, give it a good cleaning with some compressed air, cotton swabs and elbow grease.
Keep it cool.

After an hour or so, a computer can burn one's thighs and wrists (like my super-heat conducting titanium Powerbook). If this is a problem for you, get material that doesn't conduct heat well between your skin and your lappie, like a lap desk or your laptop sleeve. Long-sleeved shirts with big cuffs help on wrists when the top of your keyboard gets hot to the touch.
Work offline.

Web-based email's great, but the dream of always-on Internet connectivity hasn't yet come true. Get yourself set up to work offline on your laptop on the plane and other wifi-less locations.

For example, Mozilla Thunderbird is a must-have install on your laptop. In addition to downloading all your mail locally for working with offline, Thunderbird 1.5 has excellent SMTP management so you can switch which server you send your mail through when you get online very quickly. Using a NetZero dialup account that requires you use smtp.netzero.net? Need to use the secure SMTP server at the office for work mail? No problem. You can set up multiple SMTP servers and associate them with different email accounts with Thunderbird.

For more on working offline or with a super-slow connection, check out previously-posted feature How to survive a slow internet connection.
Secure your data.

While you're out and about and on open wireless networks, make sure you've got a secure firewall installed on your laptop and that its settings are extremely restrictive. Turn off folder sharing and any local servers you have running (like a web, FTP or VNC) to keep others from peeking in on your data. Make sure your laptop's logins have strong passwords assigned.

Also, consider encrypting the data on your disk in case of theft, using a utility like Mac OS X's FileVault. If you're really concerned about someone grabbing your laptop and running, check out "Lojack for Laptops" software which helps you trace and recover your stolen computer.
Carry it well.

geek-to-live-booq.jpgYour laptop spends a lot of time swinging over your shoulder, banging around on your back, bumping into the guy next to you on the subway, and sliding around on your car's back seat. Wrapping it up in that spare Linux tee-shirt and shoving it into your messenger bag full of gadgets probably isn't a good idea. Make sure that sucker's snug as a bug in a rug. Invest in a padded sleeve or bag made to carry laptops that'll protect it when your bag falls over or gets kicked. I really dig the spendy but stylish Booq bags and sleeves; a little research will turn up the right one for your budget and style.
Back up when you get home.

Portable computers deal with a lot more wear and tear than desktops, and this increases the risk of hard drive failure. So most importantly, make sure you back up the data on your laptop.

A few months ago, a panicked Lifehacker reader wrote in saying the laptop from which she runs her business was stolen and that she had no recent backup. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. Create a lappie docking station space at home where you can plug in to recharge the battery and hook up an external drive to backup your data. See more on how to automatically back up your Windows data here.
Pack some helpful extras.

If you've got a CD-R or DVD-R drive in your lappie, keep a few spare blanks or a USB drive for easy backup on the road. A 2 to 3 prong electrical plug adaptor might help in places where your 3 prong plug needs to go into a 2 prong outlet. And of course, an extra charged-up battery, an ethernet cable or phone cord or an extra mouse might be a helpful addition to your portable

Initial Setup  

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From software point of view there are almost no differences between a desktop PC and a laptop, except the better power saving options. So these tips apply for all Windows computers.

Most new laptops come with Windows preinstalled, however it has probably the worst security settings out of the box. Of course all Apple laptops come with MacOS X that is far more secure. On top of that there are tens of thousands of viruses, trojans, worms, spyware and other malware (malicious software) that attack a Windows PC. Being the most popular OS, almost all malware targets Windows (as it would have the most impact). All these threats are almost non-existent on MacOS or Linux.

The single most important security improvement on Windows is very easy to implement. Just make an user account and run the computer from it. Of course you will need an admin account to install software and updates, and to change some of the Windows’ settings, but it will be used only for that and never for running programs, browsing the Internet or doing work. As simple as that!
Setting a brand new Windows installation.

In Control Panel -> User Accounts create a new user and set it to be a “Limited User”. That’s it! This is the first thing to do on any new XP installation, reinstallation or system restore.

Then create a password for your current (admin) account, but don’t select the check box when it asks you if you want to make this account “private”. There is no point in hiding your files on this account since you will only use it to install software and updates.

Now every time you start the computer, log on to your user account and do whatever you need to: web browsing, email, typing, games, CDs, DVDs, etc. If you need to install or update a program, log off (Start button -> Log Off -> Log Off) and log on the admin account. After finishing the installation/upgrade, log off the admin account and log back on your user account to continue working.
Converting an existing admin account.

After you have used your computer for a while and accumulated settings, bookmarks, documents, photos, etc. making a new user account will mean transferring all files and settings over from the existing account. That can be cumbersome and hard to do, and in some cases even impossible. To avoid that, make a new admin account and convert your main account into “Limited User” account.

To do that:

1. Create new account (Control Panel -> User Accounts) for a “Computer Administrator” (the default setting).
2. Set a password on the new account.
3. Log off (Start -> Log Off -> Log Off) and log on the new account (you will see it on the blue login screen). This will make Windows finish creating the account.
4. Log off the new account and back into your main (old) account.
5. Go to Control Panel - User Accounts, click on your main account’s icon and choose “Change the type of my account”, then select “Limited User” and click “OK”.
6. Restart.

There may be some older programs that don’t like to run in a Limited User account. Best thing to do is to either update them or replace them with more contemporary software. However if you are stuck with a program like that and you have to use it, you can still run it from the user account but give it admin privileges. To do that:

Create a shortcut to that program

Right-click on the desktop and select “New -> Shortcut”, then navigate to the program and select it, usually in “C -> Program Files -> [program’s folder]” and click “OK”.

Set the program to run as the admin user

Right-click on the newly created shortcut and select “Properties”. Then click on “Advanced…” and check “Run with different credentials” checkbox. Then click “OK” and “OK” again to save the changes.

Now every time you start that program from the shortcut, it will ask you to select the account and enter the admin password and the program will run as if you are in your admin account. There is also a way to run any program as administrator while logged in as a limited user. Just hold down the “Shift” key, right-click on the program and select “Run As…”

Set Administrator passwordAnother important security setting that many people miss is creating a password for the Administrator account.
This account is build in XP and is accessible only from safe mode. To set the password (from your admin account) go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management, then double-click on “Local Users and Groups”, then click on “Users” just underneath, and finally right-click on “Administrator” on the right and select “Set Password…”. Dismiss the warning about changing the password and proceed with typing it in both boxes (the password can be the same as for your other admin account).

Antivirus. Windows just can’t live without it. There are a lot of good antivirus programs. Most of them also come in so-called “Internet Security Suites” bundled with a personal firewall, antispyware, email and anti-spam filters, parental control and what not. Most cost about $40-$70 and require yearly subscription at $30-$50. There are also a completely free antivirus programs, with free daily updates. I’ve been using AVG Free at home for over two years and haven’t had any problems so far. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure it is updated regularly (every day) and run the on-demand scanner about once per week.

Antispyware. If you are going to use Internet Explorer, you will need to invest in a good antispyware program that has real-time monitoring. If you use Firefox or Opera, you don’t need to worry much about spyware for now. The only way to get spyware in this case is if you actually download and install it yourself. Many “free” programs offered for downloading on the Internet contain spyware components. If in doubt, go to Google and type the program’s name followed by the word “spyware” and see what comes back.

Firewall. You actually need two of them. One at the router and a personal firewall on your computer. All recent routers have built-in NAT firewalls, you just need to get one. Windows XP has a built-in software firewall too, but it’s too basic and lacks outgoing connection control. For the last few years I’ve been using the free ZoneAlarm at home. It is somehow basic, but very easy to use and asks for permission every time when a new program is trying to access the Internet.

There are a lot of websites and forums on the Internet discussing the antivirus, antispyware and firewall programs available. There are also more specialized programs like antitrojan, antiexecutable, intrusion detection, etc. The bottom line is that if you use a limited user account, have recently updated antivirus, update Windows regularly, have router and personal firewall and are not using Internet Explorer, you are 99% safe. Of course if you use p2p file sharing to download programs from who-knows-where, you will eventually get infected.

Drinks  

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Laptops hate drinks, any kind of them. Some may tolerate a small sip of vodka or scotch on the rocks, but that’s about all. Any other kind of drink - coffee, tea, wine, pop or any soft drink will kill them almost instantly.

I’ve been dealing with laptops for quite a long time but have seen just a couple of mainstream laptops that are spill-resistant. This is one of the biggest design flaws of all laptops. How hard is it for the manufacturers to put a plastic or metal tray under the keyboard that will prevent any liquids from entering the laptop? It doesn’t even have to be completely waterproof, just spill-resistant. Well, it’s not hard at all and very inexpensive to implement, but… Nobody does it.

Another “thing” is the keyboard. Many years ago some laptop keyboards had a plastic membrane under the keys, covering the actual contacts and preventing any dust, debris or liquids from damaging the keyboard. Unfortunately all newer laptops come with pretty much the same keyboards that have absolutely no protection from liquids. Just a few drops will usually kill a keyboard and it will have to be replaced.

What to do if you spill something on your laptop? Act quickly! Unplug the power cord and any other cords, turn the laptop upside down and remove the battery. Don’t try to shut down the laptop, that takes time… The damage you may do to the operating system by removing the battery while the laptop is running is insignificant compared to the damage the liquid will do to your laptop when it penetrates to the motherboard.

After removing the battery, keep the laptop upside down for a while, allowing the liquid to drain as much as possible. Don’t even think about turning it back on to see if it still works! It has to dry completely first. That takes at least 48 hours. After the liquid has drained, remove the hard drive, usually held in place by one or two screws, the CD/DVD if possible, and all small covers on the back that are held by screws (there is at least one, covering your RAM expansion slot, and possibly another covering the Wi-Fi card).

The next step is removing the keyboard. That is usually not very hard but unless you can get a service manual describing exactly how to do it on your laptop (the procedure varies for different models and brands), I would suggest letting a technician do it. It is important to remove the keyboard because it is most likely damaged and will need to be replaced and because that will expose the area where most of the spillage occurred, allowing it to dry.

The important thing to remember is not to turn the laptop back on before it is completely dry. However trying to speed up the process with a hairdryer is a very bad idea, as the temperature of the air is too high and may damage the laptop. I’ve seen a few melted laptop cases from a hairdryer.

If that was your business computer and you need to continue working, the best thing to do is to transfer the hard disk to an external USB enclosure, providing that it wasn’t damaged from the liquid (in 99% of the cases the hard disk is not damaged). That way you will have access to all your files (but not to your programs) and will be able to continue working on another computer.

Heat and Dust  

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The most important part of your laptop that needs to be clean is… the heatsink. Yes, heat is the “cause of death” for most laptops. The heat not only causes all components to expand and contract a little (as you turn it on and off), but will also reach dangerously high levels and make your laptop crash or shut down if the fan(s) and the heatsink(s) are clogged with dust.Dust…

All computers work a little bit like vacuum cleaners - sucking air form one side and blowing it out from the other. Unfortunately they don’t come with filter bags to catch all the dust and debris. After just a few months the fans and heatsinks are well coated with dust. If not cleaned, their effectiveness quickly drops and eventually goes down to zero when the heatsinks get fully clogged.

For desktop PCs this process is somehow slower and less noticeable as there is a lot of air circulating inside the case, hopefully with both intake and exhaust fans pushing it through. Also the CPU heatsink and fan are quite bigger and more powerful. There are also fans on the power supply, on the video card and probably on the chipset, for a total count of up to six fans making sure your PC stays cool. However laptops usually have just one or two smaller fans that have to do it all.

I would suggest a little experiment. Look around you for a lamp with an ordinary 100W light bulb. Now turn it on for five minutes and hold your hand about an inch away from it (be careful not to touch the bulb, it will scorch you!). Do you feel it? Yes, that is the heat generated inside that shiny new powerful laptop you just bought.

The cure? It’s easy: get yourself a can of compressed air and blow away the dust off the fan and heatsink. This has to be done every couple of months or after about 50 - 60 days of using your laptop. The compressed air is quite handy for the keyboard too, blowing away all the debris from between the keys. This is not a very well known fact, but it is the most important part of maintaining your laptop.

heat1.jpgHowever if the heatsink has already been clogged, this won’t help. The compressed air will not be enough to unclog it. If you have never cleaned the heatsink and you had used your laptop for over a year, chances are that both the fan and the heatsink are clogged with dust and debris. The solution in this case is to remove the heatsink, clean it and install it back. This is best done in a laptop repair shop, as it takes quite a lot of experience and dexterity. One slip of the screwdriver may kill the laptop!

Some newer laptops have a special removable cover on the back for easy access to the heatsink. But most laptops have to be disassembled to reach it. Another problem is that the thermal paste between the heatsink and the CPU hardens with higher temperature, so if the laptop has been overheating, chances are that the heatsink is stuck solid to the CPU, making it very hard to remove. The process also includes removal of the old thermal paste from both the CPU and the heatsink and applying a small dab of fresh thermal paste, preferably silver filled for better heat transfer.

Another good overheating prevention is to ensure that the rubber feet on the bottom of the laptop are intact. Unfortunately they are usually just glued to the plastic and tend to fall off quite easy. They are very easy to replace and are available as spare parts for most laptops.

And lastly - don’t use your laptop while it’s on a soft surface, like bed cover or sofa. That will block the fan and the laptop will overheat. Try using something with a hard surface under the laptop, like a large hardcover book or a tray.

Simply put, heat is the biggest enemy of all laptops. By maintaining the cooling of your laptop at peak efficiency, you are doubling its lifespan.

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