I joined this Forum at around August/September of 2017, curious about the Internet and "Chat Forums" in general. (Now I certainly know a lot more about them. Thank You to all upon here.)I joined just after Summer, when the Weather was cooling. And so my Old devices were able to work as well as myself about this business.(We are all "Old"/"Outdated".)Now the Hot Weather is coming back, which *is* quite alright. Yet never so much for myself, and for my Devices, which are my only methods of continuing upon this Forum.(Yes, We overheat quickly, and cannot cool off. No, We cannot simply all of the time "Use a Fan". Fans themselves get Hot, too.)...In short - This Thread is a Warning, or is asking if anyone else has such troubles - during Hot Weather: Once it is over 80° Fahrenheit, then all I and my Devices can do is worry much, and then sit and do nothing... except wait for for a little past the Summer Solstice...
My partner had to get an old laptop working again (because this new one doesn't have a disc / CD slot-thing). The old one wouldn't stay on long enough to do anything on, because it overheated (REALLY hot) very quickly. He dismantled the entire thing ...
remember, I don't know much about these things (computers) so please excuse my use of the wrong terms ...
he had to lift off the keyboard frame, the keyboard, and the top (including touch-pad) of the laptop around the keyboard to get to the 'motherboard'. They're all attached by three umbilical cord-like tape-things and these are very delicate to remove and re-attach!!!
Under the 'motherboard' was the fan and he found it was completely and totally blocked with compacted dust. He used a compressor to suck / blow the dust out of the fan and the 'teeth bits' around it. A vacuum cleaner with a 'doctored' attachment on the end of the hose might work just as well. He ended up with four screws left over when everything was put back together but the laptop works perfectly well now so it's worth a try (?).
Alternatively, wouldn't a computer repair shop be able to do this more easily (without leftover screws, hopefully)? Although I have no idea if it would be expensive. Sorry, that's the best I can suggest but EVERYONE knows more than me about these things so I'm sure there will be many more technical solutions arriving here soon.
Thanks for a first Reply, there, Miss Endymion! Do not worry, this happens every year to myself, and as I said, it is fine. ( - and MUCH HOTTER IN LONDON...!) I was also referring to myself in that starting Post... in hot weather which is yet to come.
Technical Persons might also suggest a "Cooling Mat" for a Machine, but I cannot sit upon it myself...(!)
This is the technical term I was trying to recall, yet did not - could not? - do so for your Post. Solid State has no moving parts such as fans or anything...
I could do with a 'cooling off' mat myself but doubt it would be effective either :) Spend the summer on a Scottish island? I can probably say with some high degree of accuracy that it NEVER gets that hot up here! Windburn is more likely than Sunburn.
Endymion said:Spend the summer on a Scottish island?
Yes Indeed. If only.
It is expensive travelling all of that distance, hence I have only ever been to London once about 30 years ago - it's taken me since then to recover from the sensory overload of the place! Particularly terrifying travelling on the 'tube' train!!! I've never, before or since, been squeezed against so many people all at once, thankfully. Horrific!
It was lovely to see all of the famous landmarks though.
Endymion said:Particularly terrifying travelling on the 'tube' train!!!
Beware - it is getting late, I may have to sign off, soon. Yet I highlight this part as it actually fits in with the HOT topic of this Thread. In the cold, the Tube is useful, because it is hot. Yet in hot weather, the Tube is unbearable... this is not just my own point-of-view, either. People do faint, and messages are posted "Always carry Water during hot weather!"... all such does not help myself at all. It is over 80°F, and I can do nothing but hate it, while others sunbathe... and that is going off-Topic, partly...
SOLID STATE is back upon Topic. A Tablet or Mobile Phone is solid state... yet they all get hot in hot weather. They simply give "errors", errors which are not taught in classes about how to use machines...
Fair Play to You, Madame.
I am beginning to ramble. A sure sign of tiredness. Sorry about that. Thank You for posting, certainly, again...
Hi DC, I'm thinking what overheats so much it stops working? Virtually all (even old) devices should be fine in the UK (or even at the Equator) unless they are left in direct sunlight. I have a gaming PC, the GPUs will go up to 80C under full load, but even in 35C indoor head they won't push over 80C at full load. My laptop was fine working outside in Vegas in the shade a 41C a few years ago (different laptop to now). The same with fans, they are self cooling, I've left fans on for weeks at work and never had one overheat.
I did work somewhere where the servers used to overheat on especially warm days, but they were shut in an airtight cupboard and the boss wouldn't allow the door to be opened because "the noise is annoying" so they would shut down sometimes, but the temperature in the cupboard sometimes reached over 60C in the summer, and once peaked at 78C. On he plus side when they went down it took them 2-3 hours to cool down and another thirty minutes to boot properly and initialise themselves properly, so when they crashed at lunch we'd generally just go home and a colleague did once put a fan heater in there on a Friday, just to make sure!
Most devices unless the fans/inlets are blocked won't overheat to the point of throttling as they are built with a thermal design limit in mind.
For those younger ones of us, 80F is 26C.
Didn't we just have snow about a week ago?