TechPally hints PC users on Causes and Solutions to Computer Overheating

During summer, the temperature becomes hot most times of the day, and if your home or office is not well ventilated, your computer can overheat.

How you position your computer while working can also make it to overheat if the space for ventilation on the PC is blocked.

Dust and some other factors can also contribute to overheating, similar to the concentration of smoke in the air.

How do Temperature and other Weather Conditions affect your Computer? 

Today, I'm going to discuss some important points on the causes and solutions to this problem.

I have to say right away that overheating is one of the most serious reasons your computer may not function properly.

So, it is sometimes worthwhile not to fight against non-existent viruses, but rather to cool the computer.

Just kidding, of course, It can't catch fire, but you can easily lose all your data. So let's get started.

What Temperature is considered Normal for a Computer?

Of course, there is no clear answer - it all depends on the computer model.

In addition, different details can have different sensitivities, and your geographical location can as well affects the computer.

Here, i'll make a reservation that we are talking about ordinary stationary computers that are used in America.

Generally speaking, the minimum normal temperature is 5-10 degrees Celsius.

The processor at 5 continues to work, but the hard drive may not be read, says Techpally engineer.

However, the main problem with operating at low temperatures is not the temperature itself, but the humidity.

Cold rooms are usually humid in winter and this can affects your computer badly very quickly.

Is there a maximum temperature ? Well, in general, there won't be that many degrees in the room.

A computer is usually warmer than its surroundings, so computers can function properly even in 35-degree heat if their cooling system is working well.

However, different parts of the computer can have different temperatures.

The hard drive may work poorly at 50-60 degrees. 

The processor can be very hot in this case, the problems start somewhere at 70-80 degrees (Intel processors usually withstand temperatures better than AMD).

But for example for NVidia graphics cards and 70 degrees, the operating temperature can be taken into account.

What to do if the Computer is Frozen

It's very simple, you just have to warm it up, TechPally boss advised. 

In fact, a working computer does not freeze. However, if you've brought a computer from a cold environment, wait at least an hour to turn it on.

I repeat that it is not the cold that spoils the computer, but moisture, condensation.

By the way, I remember old graphics cards that couldn't change video mode when they were cold.

What are the Symptoms of computer Overheating?

In short, there could be various signs of computer overheating but it all result in poor performance.

For example, if you think your computer is "bugging" and want to be sure if it's overheating, here are the most common signs.

  • The Computer suddenly shuts Down

This can trigger the processor's overheating protection.

  • Hang up, followed by a Restart

The picture can be disturbed if it freezes. This can indicate that the graphics card is overheating.

  • Disk Malfunctions

Including the inability to boot or read your data, can be attributed to the disk overheating.

  • Overloaded and Constant fan Operation

 If your computer is making noise more frequently than before, think about the cooling system.

Then you can just touch it. Hot? Not good!

You can also download and install a diagnostic utility that will display your computer's temperature. For example, I like CPUZ.

How do I deal with Computer Overheating?

After all of these signs, I just have to give advice on how to deal with computer overheating.

If you are using a stationary computer, position it so that it has normal air access.

Don't forget to disassemble and clean it regularly!

 It's very simple: after removing the cover, you will immediately find two or three fans. 

One is next to the power supply, the second on the processor, and the third on the graphics card.

All should be cleaned and vacuumed. Techpally suggests you should not place a laptop on soft objects or work on the laptop on your lap.

You can buy a special board that you can put under the laptop - soft from your knees, flat from the computer.

Notebook ventilation must also be cleaned. However, disassembling a laptop is often difficult (and this results in the removal of the processor and, consequently, the need to reapply the thermal paste). 

Therefore, an interim solution that is always available to you is to blow the laptop with a can of compressed air.

If that doesn't help, you can try buying a laptop stand with a built-in fan. Usually, these fans are powered by a USB port.

Finally, a situation is possible where the fan is working fine and the processor is still overheating.

This usually means that the thermal paste mentioned above has dried. I will explain it.

The fan in the laptop cools the plate, which has excellent thermal conductivity.

The plate is pressed against the processor, but it is still not a unit and this makes it difficult to transfer the temperature perfectly from the processor to the plate.

To improve heat transfer, their contacting parts are lubricated with a special composition called thermal paste.

This composition can lose its properties when drying and must be replaced. However, I would not recommend doing this yourself. It is better,

But the smoke from peat fires is not terrible for computers where it is more harmful to humans. 

However, strange cases occurred that summer - the operation of some data centers was paralyzed as a fire alarm began to work constantly with smoke.


Computer overheating is one of the most common problems. 

It occurs particularly frequently in the summer period.

With the various signs that I've discussed, I'm sure you'll more responsive to improving your PC performance if it overheats