Summer is here for some of us so why not take note of some cool tips from our Technicians to keep your smartphone device, Laptop or PC running smoothly.
We all carry our smartphones with us, I accidentally left mine in the sun for 20 minutes last week, only to find an overheated message on the screen! (iPhone 6). It will simply lock itself but by holding the home and power button together for 10 seconds, it will shut the phone down. It would be wise to let the handset cool down before turning it back on.
Smartphones of any type do not like being subjected to direct heat. After all there is a battery in there!
Always try to keep the phone out of direct sunlight. even if the phone is secured inside a protective case.
Laptops do not like heat either. The inherent problem all laptops face is the lack of cool air running across the internal components on the motherboard. There is of course a type of processor on board most modern laptops which are energy efficient. (CPU’s and GPU’s processors generate the heat energy).
The best way to keep your laptop safe and not let it overheat when using it, is to keep the vents free of any kind of blockage such as a duvet, blanket and definitely avoid direct sunlight for long periods. If you are in any doubt your laptop maybe overheating, place it in a cool area and better still switch it off.
For those of us who use the Laptop in the car, once again direct sunlight can cause it to overheat. Store it in its carry case when not in use.
Some common faults when over heating occurs are:
- Fan always on ( you will normally hear it!)
- Laptop powers off
- Laptop freezes when on
- Graphics distortion
- Laptop wont turn on at all *can be other faults too
If you find your Laptop has ‘died’ through overheating you may find this page of further interest.
PC’s are also prone to overheating in the summer months especially if the rear of the tower is in an enclosed space such as a cupboard or cabinet. You would be wise to leave the door open and better still use a small fan to circulate the air around the PC.
We also advise companies to deploy air conditioning units if Servers are being used. Servers and related IT equipment generate considerable heat, and are vulnerable to increases in temperature. If air conditioning systems are not an option, use an industrial scale fan to blow and circulate the air around the Server cabinet.
The key message is HEAT is the enemy of all IT devices. Take all precautions you can, and your device will last longer. Heat degrades electronic components, it is as simple as that. Phones Laptops PC’s and even Tablets can all fail from overheating.