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Photo: Hugo Felix (Shutterstock) If your laptop tends to overheat, you’re likely familiar with the signs: fans that spin louder than a jet engine, a computer that’s too hot to use on your lap, and the general sense that your machine is fighting for its life. Constant overheating is no way to live with a laptop—in fact, you can help cool it down using a few different methods. Why laptops overheat (and why it’s a problem) An overheating laptop is more than a comfort issue. If your laptop gets too hot, it can actually stop the machine from working as well as it should. That’s because the CPU, which acts as sort of the “brain” of your computer, and the GPU (the chip controlling your computer’s graphics) are not allowed to get too hot. If these processors were allowed to get as hot as they could unchecked, it would permanently damage or ruin the chips. Once the components reach a certain temperature, typically above 90˚C, the system starts to slow down its peak speeds and performance in an attempt to cool things down. That’s great for preserving those computing parts, since they could fry otherwise, but it’s not so good for your ability to get things done. If you’re just sending emails and doing some light browsing, you might not notice the throttling too much. But if you rely on your computer’s speeds to get things done, these slowdowns can be painful. How to keep your laptop cool There […]