[AI] How to keep your PC cool during summer?
dnganatra at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 22:09:19 EDT 2008
in addition to the steps mentioned here, i also use a software called
speed fan, which regulates my pc temperature by controlling the fan
On 6/17/08, Computer Tips <vishnuhappy at yahoo.com> wrote:
> How to keep your PC cool during summer
> Computers hate heat. So this summer, be sure to think about keeping your
> computer cool. Computer components themselves run hot, and yet they're not
> designed to operate above a certain temperature.
> When the temperature outside gets uncomfortable for humans, you can be sure
> that your computer isn't liking the situation any better. So for a
> trouble-free summer of computing, take steps now to ensure that your PC
> stays cool.
> In a sense, fans are a computer's most important component. Without them,
> your computer's processor, memory, and other vital parts would overheat and
> eventually fail or cause your computer to slow down or to start behaving
> So at least once a year - and the beginning of summer is a good time - you
> should inspect the fans in your computer to ensure that they're operating,
> and you should also clean them, for all fans collect dust and function less
> efficiently as a result.
> Notebook computers typically have a fan that vents to the back or side of
> the computer. The fan generally kicks in periodically, when the computer is
> doing lots of work or when the temperature outside is high.
> Desktop computers often have several fans: one or more on the back of the PC
> that vents to the outside, one inside the computer on the central processing
> unit (CPU), and often one on the graphics card.
> Each of the fans on your computer should be vacuumed out and cleaned. Turn
> the computer off, vacuum, and then use cotton swabs moistened in water to
> clean the fins. Also, make sure the fans are still functioning.
> With desktops, turn the computer on while the case is removed, and see
> whether the fans spin up. With a notebook, listen closely to determine
> whether the fans spin up from time to time. If any fans are no longer
> functioning, have the computer repaired before continuing to use it.
> Overclocking is the term used to describe attempts to run computer
> components at higher voltages or speeds than they were designed to support.
> In many modern computers, the basic input output system (BIOS) - typically
> accessible by pressing Del or F2 when your compute boots up - contains
> settings that allow enthusiasts or experimenters to overclock the CPU,
> memory, and graphics card.
> Unless you know what you're doing and have taken steps specifically to
> provide extra cooling to your computer, avoid the temptation to overclock.
> If your cooling fails, your components will overheat much faster than
> otherwise - and may even be damaged permanently.
> Where you situate your computer is important when it comes to keeping your
> computer cool. Place desktop computers on the floor, if possible, since it's
> cooler down there - and move them close to an air conditioning vent, too, if
> one is available. Do not place them close to other heat-generating devices.
> With notebook computers, there's often less choice about where to sit them,
> but try to keep them off your lap, which will make both you and your
> computer less comfortable.
> "Always on" computing is great in principle, but computers that stay on
> constantly in the summer are more susceptible to failure, if the heat rises
> or cooling fails. So turning your computer off when you're not using it will
> save not only electricity but potentially your PC as well.
> Monitors, too, generate a lot of heat when turned on - even when they're not
> displaying an image. Just put your hand near the back of your monitor - CRT
> or LCD - to find out. Get into the habit of turning off your monitor when
> you step away from the computer for extended periods of time.
> These days, some computers come with software programs that allow you to
> monitor the temperature of your computer. These can be handy, for even if
> you don't know what temperature is considered acceptable, the utilities will
> display warning signs when components get too hot.
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