Computer Overheating

Computer Overheating
Have you experienced a laptop or desktop:
1.  Getting really hot to the touch.
2.  Feel hot air going out through the sides, under, and/or around it?
3.  Does the fan sound like a jet engine?
4.  Does the fan keep running and trying to cool down?
5.  Your computer reboots unexpectedly?
6.  Thinking about getting a new computer because of various issues?
The above symptoms are signs that your computer (laptop or desktop) is overheating and needs a professional computer technician to do a deep cleaning of  your computer because over the years it has been collecting dust, pollen, hair, fur, cigarette smoke, and everything else that travels in the air.  The fans purpose is to cool down the computer and it cannot filter out stuff from the air just like a human can filter out the air using your hands as a filter to block out a dust in the face, a bad smell, or anything else.  When the fans and heat sink (also used to help cool down the computer) are clogged and can’t be cooled down.  The computer starts to heat up and when it gets hot enough the computer shuts down as a safety precaution, but the worst case scenario is when the computer gets hot enough that it fry’s itself or can cause a fire.
** Attempt at your OWN RISK of damaging the computer **
You can use an air can, can of air, and air compressor to blow the dust in and around the computer, but there may be a concentration of dust inside the computer that is hard to get to.
The vacuum has carries an electrical charge that can cause an electrical short to the computer.
** Attempt at your OWN RISK of damaging the computer **
Thinking about saving some money?  Feel like a risk taker?
Taking a apart a laptop is not for the faint of heart, short tempered, know it all, etc.
Computers have a multitude of screws from 0.8mm-7.94mm (0.0314 in – 0.3125 in) from 30 – 100 screws.
** Pros vs Cons **
** Of Repairing a computer vs Purchasing a new computer **
Repairing a computer:
Repairing a computer is a lot less expensive then buying a new computer.
Your data, personal information, printers, settings, etc. will not have to put back.
Needing a virus removed is a lot less cost effective.
Ability to get a quote about cost of labor and parts before work is done.
If you like to keep an older operating system (Windows 7 than Windows 10)
Sinking too much money in a repair is not worth it.
Cost of labor and parts could cost more than a new laptop.
Purchasing a new computer:
If the cost of labor and parts to fix a old computer would cost more than a new computer.
New laptop with Windows 10
Buying a new laptop with an additional cost of recovering  and reinstalling your data and programs
Learning a new operating system of Windows 10 compared to Windows 7
The attached pictures are examples of a heatsink (before) clogged with dust, hair, pollen, fur, etc. and the cleaned heatsink (after).
Heatsink Before
Heatsink Before Close Up

My house guests are constantly on their electronic devices

I have many customers asking what is the best way to get their house guests (sons, daughters, grand kids, etc.)  to stop them from using their electronic devices (Android Phones, iPhone, Laptops, etc.) in their home, such as:

  1. They are constantly on it when they are here.  What can I do?
  2. They are on it when they are supposed to be sleeping..
  3. I am having a conversation with myself.
  4. And many more. 

We live in a technological world and I can give some advice about what to do about it in your home or not in your home.  This is a multifaceted question that does have a few simple or complicated answers.  but I will try to explain it as simply as I can.

Wireless Home Internet:

  1. If your guests do have access or are connected to your home wireless internet and not connected to a cell phone data (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) plan.
    1. Easy – You can do any of this easily before they arrive, during their stay, before they go to sleep, or when you would like their attention:
      1. Disconnect the “Power Plug” from the wireless router (Linksys, Netgear, etc.), DSL (Frontier, CenturyLink, Windstream, etc.), cable internet box (AT&T, Comcast, etc.), satellite internet box (Dish Network, Hughes Net, etc.), Fiber internet box (AT&T, CenturLink, Trailwave, etc) and/or any other internet boxes.
      2. If your guests ask about getting access to the internet.  Just tell them “I don’t have internet”, “The internet is down”, or some other excuse..
      3. Reconnect the “Power Plug” when they leave the home, when somebody in your home really needs the internet (Your discretion), or when you need the internet. 
    2. Advanced – If you don’t want to disconnect the “Power Plug” and just want to restrict certain devices (people).  This can be done, if you want to learn more about technology or are tech savvy.
      1. Access your router through any web browser, in the search bar or url, type:
        5. If these IP addresses don’t work.  Check with your ISP (Internet Service Provider), contact the manufacturer of your wireless router, or search the internet.
      2. Username and Password:
        1. Admin = password
        2. Password = password
        3. This is a generic user name and password.  If that username and password does not work.  It should be on the wireless router or check with the manufacturer’s website.
      3. Go to Settings, then to Parental Controls.
        1. Device = Name of the device, such as, Android
        2. MAC (Media Access Control) = Specific address of the device
        3. Everything should be self explanatory, but if not check with the website of manufacturer.
      4. Apps or Games already installed on the device:
        1. There is not much you can do or block without taking away the device.

Cell Phone Data Plan (Inside/Outside of the Home):

  1. If your paying for the data plan.  You can:
    1. Access your data plan through your cell phone carrier website.
    2. Click on devices.
    3. Click on Manage Messaging/Data
    4. Turn off or unselect “Data” and “Save Changes”
    1. Turning off the “Data” to the device blocks the user from linking to the internet, but it does not block them from using the device when an app or game is installed on the device.

I have one customer that had an ingenious idea that clearly works at dinner time.

  1. She allowed her guests to use their devices till dinner time.  When her guests were at the dinner table with their devices.  She passed a basket around for the guests to put their devices into the basket to enjoy the dinner and to socialize.  When dinner was over, she allowed them to pick up their devices from the basket.

Password Organization List

Password Organization List

This “Password Organization List” can help simplify your life by putting all your passwords on one piece of paper instead of an organizer, notebook, etc.

Change the “Product” column item to what you need it to be and Add your “User Name” and Password to that line.

Recommendation:  Save this excel file on a USB or external hard drive.  Once your done, print it and keep them in a safe place.

This file can definitely be saved in your computer, but if your computer is infected with a virus or if a hacker gets this file, then you will have to change your passwords.

Password Organization List

2019 Monthly Bills

I created and used this “2019 Monthly Bills” excel sheet for more than 20 years to help organize my monthly bills to know exactly when a bill is due, how much, if it has been paid, etc. and this has helped me to build my credit score by paying my bills before the due date or on time.

The “2019 Monthly Bills” excel sheet is only meant to be used as a guide.  It does not have all the bells and whistles of some well known computer programs.  It does not sync with your bank accounts, credit card transactions, automatic bill syncing, etc.  Everything has to be manually inputted, changed, and/or removed, such as, changing the type of “Bill”, “Due Date”, “Amount Due”, adding/removing rows, etc.  Some parts of the excel sheet does have formulas to “Total” everything that you inputted.

Using the “Monthly Bill” excel cheat sheet will help you to learn more about using excel, your bills, and where most of your money goes.

This is a free download. 

No hidden attachments. 

No advertisements.  No bloatware.  No Viruses/Malware.

Cost:  Free