Is it OK to work outside with a laptop?
The warm spring weather here in Wisconsin has some of us migrating outside with our laptops, but is it OK to soak up a little sun with a computer on your lap? In general, electronics don't do well in the heat, but computers typically turn themselves off before physical damage can be done.
It's important not to obstruct the air vents on your laptop, so be sure to place it on an even work surface like a patio or picnic table. This lets the air flow as designed through the device and prevent overheating. It's usually OK to be outside with a laptop if you sit in the shade, keep the laptop's air vents unobstructed and monitor for signs of overheating.
Signs of Overheating
Hot to the Touch
Direct sunlight can cause your laptop to heat up quickly. If it's hot to the touch, you don't have to go back inside just yet, just find some shade and see if it improves.
Slow and Unresponsive Performance
If your computer is running slower than normal, freezing/locking up or even popping up some error messages, it may be time to go back inside and let your computer cool down.
Random Shutdowns or Reboots
If your laptop randomly shuts down or reboots and is also hot to the touch, this is a sign of overheating.
If there are lines popping up across your display or your screen is pixelated, the video card may be too hot and it may be time to go inside.
If your laptop's fans are running constantly and it sounds like a plane taking off, it may be overheating.
What to do if your laptop overheats
Clean the Air Vents
You can use a small, clean brush or cotton swab to remove dust and build-up from the vents.
Use a Cooling Pad
A cooling pad helps regulate the air flow and cool it more efficiently.
This can sometimes help improve the fan speed overtime, which will help regulate the air flow and prevent overheating.
Call HawkPoint Technologies
We're here for you. Give us a call at 1.800.882.0253 and we can better diagnose your laptop or computer's problems, fix it or find a replacement if necessary.