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Troubleshooting Overheating Issues In Laptops

If your laptop suddenly overheats and shuts down, there is a problem that needs to be fixed. There are very many reasons why the overheating problem begins. The keyboard area as well as the laptop bottom area heat up when the laptop is being used. The CPU fans keep operating throughout and suddenly start becoming louder and noisier than before. The laptop shuts down suddenly without a warning. Sometimes the laptop shuts down after a few hours but sometimes it shuts down in 5-10 minutes itself. While the laptop works fine when idle, it starts shutting down as soon as high memory based applications are used like the DVD player, any video editor, image editor and so on.

First, is the CPU heat sink, check to see that it is not clogged with dust and lint, and then it is a good idea to blow air into it. Open the case to access the heat sink and laptop fan. In some of the laptops, you can access the heat sink by opening the latch at the bottom of the case. Either ways, you need to open the laptop completely. Disconnect the fan cables from the board completely. Remove the fan and if the fan is making grinding sounds, it needs to be removed for a complete overhaul. Clean the fan and heat sink with compressed air, Remove old thermal grease and apply new fresh thermal grease. Now run the fan and see the noise will have reduced or eliminated completely. However, you need to be extremely careful if you a taking the laptop apart. Another method to avoid opening up the laptop is to use a heavy duty suction machine and suck out the dust from within the system. This enables you to get the laptop working, while you do not open the machine too, but really not recommended, as heavy suction can leave remnants of lint and dirt stuck to un-accessible areas, inside the housing.

Apparently, one finds that the heating up of the laptop bottom is the only kind of problem that occurs widely. Using the laptop in higher ambient temperatures can cause overheating. Using heavy memory guzzling applications can also cause overheating. Placing the laptop on carpets or cushions can also cause overheating blocking the cooling systems from working. A chocked up cooling system can also cause overheating. It is advised to use the laptop on a laptop tray. Use of air-conditioning can also avoid overheating. Do not use broken or damaged batteries. All these measures should ensure that your laptop is well looked after and overheating is controlled. These days we also see products like laptop cooling pads available, which can more than push the performance to much higher levels.

How to Burn DVD Without Any Paid Software

With amounts of information, needed for normal computer operation, being so big, and growing every day your HDD becomes full in no time. With every game nowadays bigger than 5GB and HD movie collections reaching 100GB, even modern terabyte disk can be overrun in no time. If information is not valuable to you, solution is easy – put it into the Recycle bin. But What if you want to keep it? Well, then you burn it on either CD (for small amounts of data – up to 700MB), or DVD (more than 4GB or more than 8GB, depending on what DVD you have bought). Few years ago, you would have to buy additional software to have full control over what to write and how to write it on the disk. Now, if you have Windows 7 – you don’t need anything else.

How to burn a disk using Live File System (LFS)

There are two standards supported by Windows 7. The live file system disk can be played on computers running Windows XP or later, and some more advanced consumer electronics devices. Its compatibility is not guaranteed, but as it is faster to burn, it is still good for data backups of any type of files, that you will use only on PC. It is simple to backup to DVD using this FS. When you insert the blank disk, Windows Explorer will pop up so called “AutoPlay” dialog. Click on “Burn Files to disk using Windows Explorer”, write your title. Select “Like a USB flash drive” – this selects LFS for burning, and then, after the disk format is completed, you will be taken to a window where you can put your files. Simply copy them to the empty windows the normal way you copy files using Windows Explorer. This completes the operation – yes, it is as simple as that. You may need to close the session after writing is finished – check our site for short how-to on that.

How to burn a disk using Mastered Format file system (MFFS)

MFFS has one main advantage over LFS – disks written using it, are playable on every standard DVD or CD player, as they comply with international standards set for such disks. It must be written all at once, you can not add files once you finish burning, but if you need disk that will surely work on a DVD player – this is your choice. Operations to write in MFFS are exactly the same as in previous mode, except that you must choose “With a CD/DVD player” instead of “Like USB flash drive” in mode selection box. You are then presented with the same empty Explorer window – copy and paste your files as normal. Bear in mind that you can not use this disk to write additional files once burn process is completed, so plan your burn and put everything you need written on this disk.

Troubleshooting your home theatre

There are several problems which might turn up in your home theatre system while you sit down to watch your favourite DVD along with your family and when that happens, everyone’s mood gets bungled up. Buy hey; there is nothing to worry about. Most of the times the problem is very minor and can be solved effortlessly. One doesn’t need to be an electronic geek for solving those problems. Let’s discuss out some of the basic problems which occur in your home theatre systems.

The connections

When we are dealing with a full-fledged home theatre system which includes a LCD screen, a DVD player, Speaker system, the woofer, the remote control, etc there is bound to be a lot of wiring included and I bet most of the times we end up attaching wrong cables to wrong ports and the result is a failure. You might face problems like no picture, no audio, blurry picture, etc. Go slow while attaching the cables, check every wire one by one and see that every single wire is perfectly plugged in its port and see to that, that it is properly plugged as well. Clean the ports regularly and check the wire-heads for any damage, change them periodically with the new ones. Also make sure that no cable is in strained or stretched, because it might loosen up the interior connections and lead to malfunction of that wire. The ultimate way to end this sort of menace is to centralize all your media in a media server which has all your movies, music stored in it and if you have several players in several rooms all can be connected to it wirelessly and you can enjoy your movies, listen to your music, hear the radio, watch TV, etc directly without any thing need to be arranged by you. Let the remote do it all for you.

The woofer and the speakers

These fellows are very important components in constituting a home theatre system. There are several problems which might occur in them as well. You might hear annoying humming sound coming from them – that’s because your woofer or speakers are closer to your power lines and it is due to your power lines AC current that humming sound is irking you. You might even hear distortion in your audio. Well, in that case check the speakers individually to see if the problem is in one speaker or all. Interchange the speaker cables so you can find out where actually is the fault. If still the distortion persists then you need to check your amplifier/receiver system which is sending distorted signals. So you need to get it repaired then. The remedy to this is avoid blaring your system at full volume for long times and try to install the system in a biggest room with windows possible so that the sound waves can diverse quickly.

Other Things to look out for

There are other few easy tips you need to take care of for your home theatre system to work seamlessly for years. If you are watching your movies and listening to your music using discs make sure that you handle discs with great care and clean them regularly. In the room where your system is installed, fit an AC as well so you can keep the devices in cool atmosphere (ESP people in south Asian countries which are humid and temperate). If possible get a universal touch-screen remote control system for all your electronic appliances in your house. It will help you manage your terabytes of media, your smallest of devices, and lots more just by few clicks.

These guidelines will help you for sure to a great extent in reducing your problems in your home theatre and you can enjoy your evenings and weekends with your family without your wife bursting on you or your kids getting annoyed from you.

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