(Prevent your Computer from Overheating)
Just the same way it happens to all of us, when a heat wave hits, it is very hard (if not impossible) for your computer to function properly.
Overheating will not only make a computer slower, but it could also damage the integral parts of what makes it work, possibly destroying or shortening the lifespan of the hardware. But this is not the worse part. When this happens you are in danger or losing all your data!
It is recommended that a computer’s temperature is never over 154°F. And even if you can’t be that accurate, sticking your hand over the computer’s ventilation system or case will give you an idea.
To prevent overheating, the first thing you should do is to keep your computer clean (view our previews posting on the matter).
Also you should try to avoid hot neighbors, meaning that a computer should never be close to the heater or a fireplace. Keep it rather in a place where temperature is as low as possible and air flows.
Now, if it’s already too late and feeling it with your hand can’t seem to do it anymore, the real way to check the temperature is as follows.
You should first restart your computer, and on the boot screen, you should have an option to press a key (often Delete) to enter the BIOS. Once you enter Setup, navigate the BIOS menu using the on-screen instructions. You should be able to find a menu that deals with the computer’s hardware monitors and CPU. There should be a field that lists your CPU temperature.
There are too some tools that would allow you to do the same without restarting your computer. But unfortunately those can only read certain sensors, so you’ll have to make sure your hardware is supported. Some of those could be the cross-platform GKrellM (Windows/Mac/Linux), RealTemp, CoreTemp and SpeedFan.
If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these methods, or you find that the temperature is too high, it might be time to get professional help.
Give us a call! At PcMac Express we are pro’s and know what to do to keep you and your computer chilled and happy!