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Laptop getting very HOT

I have an older HP pavilion ze5400 laptop and I'm wondering how to determine if the fan is still running/working; how - or if I can replace it if it is not; and/or what else might be causing my laptop to get very hot. I can feel some air coming out of the vents, and it's hot, so not sure if it's the fan. How do I troubleshoot this. Even the USB flashdrive I'm using to transfer files is hot when I unplug it!

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When was the last time

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you cleaned this laptop? I mean, inside it?

Have a look at Bob's post here; Cleaning a laptop. Sorry folks, laptops need cleaning too!.

That might help.


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They get hot

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Laptops are notorious for getting hot. You cram a lot of electronics into a very tiny space with not much vetillation you are bound to have heating issues. Most laptops get hot on the bottom of them as that is where the vents typically are. Are you holding your laptop directly on you lap or do you have it sitting on a hard surface like a desk? If it is on your lap then your clothing may be blocking the vents letting excess heat build up. Consider using a lap desk to remedy this. It is normal for some USB flashdrives to get warm under heavy use but they should not get too hot to touch.

If you decide to replace your cooling fan it is an easy upgrade that you should be able to do yourself. Most of them exceed the OEM specs but make sure it is compatible with your computer.

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