by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 18, 2017)
Does your laptop computer restart on its own after a few minutes of use? Does it make loud noises? Does it experience read/write errors, or indicate that a disk has failed to respond? Does it generate excessive heat? If so, your laptop is probably in need of cleaning.
When dust, hair, and debris clog the air inlet and outlet, or the heat sink, your laptop may overheat, damaging the components inside. An unusually hot base, very hot air coming from the outlets, and the computer shutting itself off are all signs that the laptop is overheating. When those things happen, it is time to clean the laptop.
Unlike a desktop computer, laptops are difficult to open and clean. Before you attempt to clean your laptop, keep in mind that there are tiny screws and parts, and they are easily dropped and lost. If you are not computer hardware literate, it's best to take your laptop to a professional to have the inside components cleaned. Follow these steps to clean your laptop computer:
When you clean your laptop, make sure that you schedule time to do it correctly. If you are in a hurry, you may not do a thorough job, or you may lose parts, rendering your laptop inoperable.
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