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How To Check if Your CPU Cooler Is Working

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The history of computers is an interesting one. For those born in the 1990s, computers have always been laptops, desktops, and relatively small pieces of hardware that you can use. Usually, one would be sitting at a desk in your parents’ home.

However, this was not always the case. For example, when the first computers were developed in the 1970s, these computers took up an incredible amount of space. The computers would sit in rooms the size of a standard living room and take up a significant amount of that space.

When you have a large machine like in the 1970s, you are using a lot of energy which in turn is causing heat. Anyone who has taken a Physics class knows that the relationship between heat and energy is fundamental. In fact, this was a huge factor during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. The relation between heat, movement, and energy was discovered, and therefore we have modernity.

Modern Day CPU Cooling

However, if energy is being used to transfer to computers or CPUs, it will create a significant amount of heat. This heat, in turn, needs to be cooled. Therefore, in the 1970s, elaborate cooling systems needed to be activated to counteract the heat created in the machines.

Nowadays, computers are much smaller. However, they still have this fundamental problem. There needs to be a cooling element in the CPU to make sure that the computer does not heat up and put the microchips at risk.

If you have ever been using your computer for significant amounts of time, you will notice that it gets hot. The key here is to ensure that your computer doesn’t get too hot; otherwise, you will have an imminent breakdown.

The solution to this is easy. First, you need to ensure that your CPU cooling system is working. There are a few different ways to do this, but we will concentrate on the easiest.

Find Out Where Your CPU Cooling Unit Is and Clean It

We know the inside of computers for some of us like the back of our hands. However, we have never really opened a computer and looked inside for the vast majority of us. So, if you think you have a problem with overheating, the easiest way to check is to open the computer up and see if the CPU cooling system is actually working.

  1. Unplug your Computer. Make sure it is turned completely off, and there is now power.
  2. Grab a compressed air can. You can buy one of these at any computer hardware store. It is used for safe cleaning purposes.
  3. Open the back of your computer. You can find out how to do this in your owner’s manual. Sometimes a screwdriver is required; sometimes, your computer will have a different system.
  4. Check if there is any dust or anything on the fans and cooling portion of the computer.
  5. Spray several times with compressed air. Spray all of the fan blades and other related components.
  6. Put the lid that’s located on the back of the computer back on.
  7. Power up your computer and wait.

Once you have completed these steps, you should wait for a few minutes and use your computer. After 5 minutes, you should be able to hear your CPU cooler working. It’s usually the noise of a fan. You will be able to tell by touching the top of your computer and seeing how much heat there is. If it is very hot, perhaps cleaning the CPU cooler won’t work.

If that’s the case, then you have two options.

First, you can buy a new cooling system separately and try to install it yourself. However, be aware that you need to know at least a little bit about the structure of the inside of a computer to do this.

The second option is to take it back to the official store or a computer repair shop. Most computer repair shops will be able to do this relatively quickly.

Computer cooling systems are an important if not boing part of operating a fully functional CPU system. For everything else to function correctly, you need to make sure you are not “zapping” all of the major components by overheating the computer.

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