“No Boot Disk Has Been Detected or the Disk Has Failed” Fix

In the guide below you will find four solutions that may help you solve the “No Boot Disk Has Been Detected” or the Disk Has Failed” error message. They have proved as effective to fix that issue and that’s why we decided to share them with you with the hope that you find them helpful too.

Usually, the reason for you to be getting the No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message indicates a problem with your computer, which for some reason is unable to detect an Operating System or valid boot information. Actually, this message may by displayed for various reasons:

  • if your computer’s HDD/SSD is not appropriately connected
  • the bootable disk has failed
  • the HDD/SSD that contains the boot information is not on top of the computer’s boot order
  • the drive does not have any boot information.
  • the Operating System has been wiped off, either intentionally or unintentionally

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Regardless of the reason, in the guide below you will find some of the most effective methods that may help you solve this error message:

“No Boot Disk Has Been Detected or the Disk Has Failed” Fix

Fix 1: Check if the computer’s HDD/SSD is appropriately connected

If the connection between the computer and its HDD/SSD is not good or has somehow loosened up, your PC won’t be able to retrieve boot information, which is one of the reasons for the “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message to appear. To eliminate this possibility, you will need to open your computer’s casing. Be careful if you are going to open your laptop, as it is more delicate. Next, disconnect the drive from the computer, then clean all the connections and ports from dust and dirt and reconnect the drive. Make sure you connect the ports safely and stably, then close the casing and reboot the computer to check if the problem is solved.

Fix 2: Check to see if the drive is failing

Another reason for the error message to appear is that the HDD/SSD is failing. To check if that is causing the problem, connect the HDD/SSD to another computer, which is already booted. If you can access all of its contents successfully, then you can rule out this reason, but if it’s inaccessible, this may indicate that your drive has failed.

Fix 3: Check if the boot disk is at the top of the computer’s boot order

The “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message may appear because your PC is trying to boot from another source and is failing to find any boot information instead of booting from the boot disk. To fix that you need to ensure that the boot disk is at the top of your computer’s boot order. To do that, you need to:

  • First, start your computer up.
  • When your computer boots, on the first screen that you see, you will find instructions to press a specific key – in most cases this is DeleteF1or F2. Simply press the specified key and this will open your computer’s BIOS/Setup.
  • When inside the BIOS, find your computer’s boot order/configuration. Usually, the boot order is located under the BIOS’s Boot
  • Next, adjust the boot order, so that the HDD/SSD that is the boot disk is at the top. This will ensure that the computer will first try to retrieve boot information from it before any other sources.
  • Save the changes and Exit the BIOS.

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Once you do that, the computer will restart. When the computer tries to boot again, check to see if the issue has been fixed.

Fix 4: Clean install Windows

In case that none of the fixes above work for you, the reason may be that the Operating System and/or the boot information that the boot disk contained was somehow erased. In this event, your best solution to resolve the “No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed” error message may be to clean install your Windows from scratch. We do need to warn you though, that clean installing your OS will delete all the data stored on the affected computer’s HDD/SSD. However, if nothing else works, it may still be better to have a working computer with no data, than a machine full of data that doesn’t work at all. If you wish, you may give the latest Windows 10 version a try, which you can download and install from here.

Stuck Windows Update Fix

The following article contains a guide aimed to help users solve the issue of Windows Update getting stuck mid-process. The guide is designed to work for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Very many users have run into this problem at least once, when their computer attempted to run the Windows Update. Your screen is displaying the text of Windows “searching for updates”… and it never goes away. It just stays stuck at that stage for hours on end, at which point you probably find yourself forced to force shutdown your PC, just to resume your regular work routine. The issue discussed here is most frequently encountered on Windows 7, but can occur on Windows 8 and 10, as well. On other occasions there will simply be an error during the update process, but essentially it will not be able to complete properly.

There are several possible fixes for this problem and we are happy to share some of them with you, here in this article. Try each of them until you find the one that works for you. In the event that none of them are successful, please describe your case to us in the comment section below and we will do our best to help figure out something to get the issue solved.

Stuck Windows Update Fix

Fix 1:

  1. The first logical step would be to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. To do this, type troubleshooting in the Start menu and click on the first result.
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  2. In the Troubleshooting window, click on Fix problems with Windows Update right under System and Security.
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  3. In the resulting dialog box click on Advanced.
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  4. Make sure that the box beside Apply repairs automatically is ticked. After this, click on Run as administrator -> Next.
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This is most likely to get the issue solved without any further actions being necessary. Try running Windows Update again, after the Troubleshooter finishes checking for problems.

Fix 2:

  1. In case the above didn’t do the trick for you, you can try to complete the same actions as the Troubleshooter manually. First of all, boot your computer into Safe Mode.
  2. Once booted in Safe Mode, search for Command Prompt in the Start menu and right-click on the first result to Run as administrator.
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  3. In the Command Prompt type this command, before hitting Enter: net stop wuauserv. This will stop the Windows Update service.
  4. After this, go to the following location: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution (it may be on a different disk than C:, depending on where your Windows folder is stored) and delete all the files in the SoftwareDistribution folder.
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  5. Repeat step 2 to open the Command Prompt with administrator rights and type in the following command to start the Windows Update service: net stop wuauserv. Press Enter.
  6. Restart your PC in regular mode and try to run Windows Update again.

Let us know if this article helped you kick start Windows Update by leaving us a comment in the section below!

How To Resize A Partition

In this article we will discuss resizing system partitions and below is a guide to show you exactly how to do that. This guide will work for all versions of Windows.

Your hard disk is divided into several sections that are treated as individual units and in the world of computing they are referred to as partitions. This is done to improve the efficiency of the respective drive, as the operating system can write and manage information on each of these separate partitions, as though each of them were their own hard drive. However, this does affect the total free space on the drive, which leads us to the subject of this article. Each partition has a given size and when that size proves to be insufficient at a given point in time, you can either try to work your way around that by sacrificing other data and deleting it, or you can try and increase the size of the given partition. You can also shrink them, if you so choose.

Windows has a handy built-in tool for that purpose, which is called a partition manager. Only there is one significant drawback to using it: it will effectively wipe out anything stored on the particular partition you wish to resize. But we have a better fix for this problem that will help you manipulate the size of the partitions without deleting any of the information stored on them. So, with that issue solved, let’s head directly to our fix guide.

How To Resize A Partition

How to resize system partition with PartitionGuru:

  1. First, you will need to download the partition management tool called PartitionGuru. You can do that on their official webpage by clicking here.
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  2. Once you’ve downloaded the file, run it to install, after which open the program for use.
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  3. Right-click the partition of your choice and select Resize Partition.
  4. In the resulting dialog box, set the new partition size. In essence, this is taking free space from another partition and merging it with the one you, the size of which you wish to increase. Be sure to select “Merge to (desired partition)” from the dropdown menu. Then click Start.
  5. A box will appear, asking if you would like to resize the partition by executing such and such operations immediately. Click Yes.
  6. Wait for the process to finish and when prompted to, click Complete.

Once the process is over, the screen will display the current size of the system partitions. The above actions will not result in data loss and you will be free to use your system as you please.

Let us know if our guide was of help to you by dropping us a line in the comment section below. Your feedback is important to us and a simple thank you goes a very long way!

0xC1900101 – 0x20017 Error Fix

The following guide is aimed at solving Error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 “We couldn’t install Windows 10” in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

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Many users have reported experiencing issues with updating to Windows 10 from older versions of the Windows operating system (7, 8 and 8.1). The error code they see is 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 and it is accompanied by a message saying something along the lines of: “The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation”.

The error usually occurs after the update process has seemingly been completed, i.e. it has reached 100%, and your machine attempts to reboot. After a while you will notice that your computer hasn’t actually gotten any closer to restarting and is stuck on the Windows logo screen. This will either be followed by an eventual restart or perhaps by a force shutdown initiated by the impatient user, which upon starting will reveal the said error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 code. As a result, the user will be left with the version of Windows they tried upgrading from, which can be pretty annoying.

To fix this problem, we’ve assembled a guide with a few possible solutions. Try them out and one of them will have solved the issue with error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017.

0xC1900101 – 0x20017 Error Fix

Fix 1:

  1. Remove any and all external drives from your machine.
  2. Create a Restore Point in the event that something goes wrong. Go to Start and type in “restore point”. Open Create Restore point and wait for it to be created.
  3. Note: this step is optional, so if you don’t feel like you want to do this – just skip to the next step instead. Uninstall your Bluetooth and Wireless Network drivers from the the Control Panel.
  4. Shut down your PC and reboot it with the help of the power button and start repeatedly pressing the F2 button on your keyboard to enter BIOS mode. In there, with the help of the arrow keys go to Advanced -> Wireless. Hit Enter.
  5. You will see the following options: Internal Bluetooth and Internal WLAN. For each of them, hit Enter and select Disable, after this press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS.

Fix 2:

If you have added RAM to your computer, you might need to temporarily remove it. This may be done differently depending on the brand and model of your computer, so be sure to look this up, before attempting to remove the RAM (unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing). If you don’t have additional RAM, simply disregard this fix.

Fix 3:

After you have completed all of the above, restart your computer and go to C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\Windows. Unless you haven’t deleted the Setup after the unsuccessful upgrade attempt, you should see an executable file titled Setup. Double click in to run. Alternatively, the executable can be found in this location: C:\ESD\Windows

This should be sufficient to successfully install Windows 10 on your PC. Please let us know in the comments if the above was helpful or if you’ve come up with an even better solution yourself!

iOS Software Update Failed Fix

This article is dedicated to the issue of a failed iOS update and contains a guide with a solution for this issue. The guide will work for all Windows versions and all versions of Apple iPhone.

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Though iPhones are traditionally known to have the most stable operating systems, it can sometimes happen that even they have certain issues. In this article we’ll be discussing the problem of your phone being stuck in recovery mode, or it being stuck on the Apple logo, etc. There are dozens of variations of essentially the same issue that is your iPhone not being able to boot properly. We’ve been receiving a number of requests asking to provide a working solution for this issue and that is precisely what we’re here for.

There’s a tool called iCareFone, which is available for Windows users and one of its main uses is to fix crashes and technical faults of various kinds on Apple iPhones, including those caused by failed updates and such. So, once faced with an issue of this sort, where your smartphone refuses to start up as it should, simply head to instructions below and the crisis will be solved in no time. However, iCareFone is also the go-to tool for a variety of other issues, offering a number of different fairly useful features. One of those features is the ad-blocking one, for example. iCareFone is also capable of clearing disk space on your device by deleting junk files and various other unnecessary data. There are two versions of this software: there’s the trial versions, which is free, and the full version is obviously paid. The trial version will be enough for this purpose, but the full one offers additional functions, so be sure to check it out, if you’re interested.

iOS Software Update Failed Fix

How To Fix Boot Loop On iOS:

  1. First off, you’ll need to download the program in question onto your computer. You can do that directly from the manufacturer’s website here.
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  2. Once downloaded, run the setup of the program by running the executable (.exe file).
  3. After this, connect your iPhone to your computer with the help of a USB cable.
  4. In the client of iCareFone click the green Fix Now button.
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  5. In the new tab, click Start and wait for the process to finish. The program will update your device to the latest iOS version and will recover any lost data as well as apply some other repairs to your phone.
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When the process is finished, your iPhone should be able to start as usual. Let us know if this worked for you!

How to Convert MKV to AVI

This page contains a guide aimed at providing instructions for converting MKV to AVI files for free. The guide works for all Windows versions.

Matroska Multimedia Container or better known as MKV is a universal format designed to store common multimedia files. What’s great about it is that it can hold an unlimited number of various files and the format is open standard. MKV is a uniquely flexible, royalty-free format, the specifications of which are open to the public and are available for both commercial and private use alike. Over the years it’s become an ever more popular format for movies, TV shows and such to be distributed and its use will probably only continue to grow and expand as time passes by.

However, at this point, there may be several reasons why users might not want their videos or movies to be in MKV format. Why? For one, not all multimedia players (e.g. DVD players, portable device players) are capable of reading this format. Say you downloaded your favorite series in Matroska format and decided to a burn a DVD, because that’s simply how you would prefer to watch your series – on your big flat-screen TV and then possibly have the DVD available for later use, instead of having to download it again or clutter your USB stick with large files. Anyway, you get to the point where your DVD player doesn’t recognize the format and can therefore not play the video files. Kind of frustrating, right? So, here we’ve come up with a simple fix for this issue that will get the problem solved in just a matter of minutes.

How to Convert MKV to AVI

To begin with, you will need to download one of the two free programs, to which we have provided links here. After downloading and installing your program of choice, please continue with the instructions provided below for the relevant program.

Click here to download WinFF

Click here to download DivX Plus

For WinFF:

  1. Open the client and click Add to select the file you wish to convert. After selecting it, click OK.
  2. Under Output details -> Convert to, choose AVI from the drop down menu.
  3. Under Output folder click the “” button to choose the destination where your converted file will be saved.
  4. Click the Convert button at the top of the window.
  5. Your file will now have been converted, check to confirm this by playing it in your player of choice.

For DivX Plus:

  1. After you’ve successfully installed the program, open it. Click the Add files button.
  2. From the resulting window select the .mkv file you wish to convert and hit Enter.
  3. At the top of the converter window, right beside the Add files button, select a desired output profile from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the Start button and wait for the process to complete.

Were the above fixes helpful? Let us know in the comment section below, your feedback is always appreciated!

How To Uninstall Windows 7

The following article includes a guide with instructions aimed towards helping users uninstall Windows 7. The guide will work for all users who have updated to Windows 10.

So, you’ve upgraded to the latest Windows version from Windows 7. It’s all cool, you’re happy and possibly still exploring the features of your new operating system. But one issue arises and that is the incredibly space-consuming Windows.old folder on your system that still holds the details of your older OS. Many users find this quite annoying, especially if they’re completely satisfied with the newer version of Windows they’ve installed and have no intention of looking back.

That’s all fine, however, there’s actually a pretty legit reason for that folder to exist. For example, it’s there for anyone who wasn’t happy with the upgrade and actually found themselves longing for the old version. Picture being in that situation and not being able to go back to the way things used to be or having to pay (again) for the luxury of downgrading. Another possible scenario of why you might need the Windows.old folder is that something wasn’t copied to your new Windows version. A file, a program – whatever it is, you upgraded and found that something was missing. How do you fix that? By getting it from the Windows.old folder, where all the details from your old OS are, of course!

So, as you can see, there are some pretty good reasons for that folder to be there and consume some of your precious space. If the above may have prompted you to double-check your system for any missing components, you might want to hurry up, as Windows will automatically delete the folder on its own a month after you have upgraded. But since you’re here, you probably don’t feel like waiting that long, so here’s our fix for freeing up space on your computer. Keep in mind that simply deleting the folder the way you usually would with just about any other one won’t do the trick, so read on.

How To Uninstall Windows 7

How to delete the Windows.old folder in Windows 10

  1. Go to the Start menu and search for “Disk cleanup”. Click on the first result.
  2. Under Files to delete tick the box next to Previous Windows installation(s).
  3. Click OK.

The above actions will delete the Windows.old file and will have solved your free space issue, but you may also use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove any other unnecessary files on your for that purpose, such as Temporary Internet files, etc. However, please make sure to research whatever it is else that you’re thinking of deleting before doing so, as you might end up removing something important.

 

“This driver can’t release to failure” Error Fix

The guide presented on this page aims to help users fix error “This driver can’t release to failure”. The instructions provided in this guide will work for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

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The “This driver can’t release to failure” is an error message that is tightly associated with Gigabyte motherboards, more so with those that don’t have wireless capabilities. Now, while this error message doesn’t specify exactly which of the drivers is causing the problem, the “This driver can’t release to failure” error itself is a result of a failed attempt to find the wireless hardware. You are most likely to experience the said error, when using Gigabyte’s software. Most users have reported seeing it when using Cloud Station Server, which as you may know relies on your computer’s ability to connect to a wireless network. Hence, without that ability, problems arise.

We’ve gathered two possible fixes to help have your “This driver can’t release to failure” error solved. Be warned, however, that the fixes provided in the guide below do not actually solve the problem directly, but rather offer a way to circumvent the actual issue. Unfortunately, up until Gigabyte works out a genuine solution themselves, there’s not much else left to cope with the aforementioned error message, but the methods described below. We will be glad to hear from you, if you were able to discover a better solution, so please do not hesitate to let us know about it in the comment section. We will be more than happy to update our guide with your fix.

“This driver can’t release to failure” Error Fix

Option 1:

  1. Go to the App Center and open Cloud Station Server.
  2. Below, you should see 5 tabs, the first three of which are: Home Cloud, Gigabyte Remote and Remote OC. These are typically the ones causing trouble.
  3. Turn off each of the switches labelled “Always run on next reboot” beside those three tabs and restart your computer. This will have solved the issue and you shouldn’t be seeing the error anymore.

Option 2:

  1. Alternatively, removing the software completely will also solve the problem. For this purpose, go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features.
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  2. In the list of programs, find Gigabyte. You will have the option of removing either the whole App Center (recommended) or just the Cloud Station Center. Right-click on the program of choice and click Uninstall.
  3. Follow the steps, as prompted to and restart your device.

Drop us a line in the comment section below, telling us what option you went with and whether it worked in your case.

“File not supported” Android Fix

The following guide and all the information you will find below are intended to help you solve the frequent Android “Unable to Find Application to Perform this Action” or “File not supported” error. The guide below should work successfully on all Android devices.

Sometimes Android device users may receive some alarming, or annoying error messages like  “Unable to Find Application to Perform this Action”  or  “File not supported”.  It is possible to fix this problem, however, first of all, you need to investigate the cause of the matter a little. Each of the possible solutions you will see below directly depends on the type of file you are attempting to access.

“File not supported” Android Fix


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  • The first step is to determine the location of the file or the program you need to access. For that purpose you will have to run the File Manager application.
  • After opening the File Manager, locate the file/application you are attempting to access.
  • Then, all you need to do is to hold down on the necessary item until you see a popping up page. It normally contains various options and possibilities. Here is an example:
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  • The next step is to select “Details“. This feature could have plenty of names on the different devices. After that you need to focus on the end of the name of the file. Usually there is a file extension after the file name. For instance, you may have a file named “jdgagd.rtf”, so the extension in this case is ‘rtf’.
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  • Of course there could be many other file extensions and names. The usual extensions contain three letters (sometimes more). This information is there to help you determine how to open a certain file.
  • What you need to do after that is to copy this particular file’s extension. Then you have to paste it into the Google Play Store. If we take the .rtf extension as an example, then we are looking for a “rtf viewer” in the search box of the Play Store. In a different particular case you might be looking for something else, depending on the file format.
  • Once the results of your search are generated, find a suitable one that could open your file. In the case with our example, this is the Microsoft Word app. Then all you have to do is to install the chosen program on your device. The file you want to open should now be opened easily with the help of the new app.
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What if you cannot find a compatible app…

To yours and our disappointment as well, Android still does not support all file formats. For instance, the Windows program files with .exe extensions will not be opened on an Android device. It is possible NOT to be able to find a suitable app in the Play Store. In such a case, the file type is probably not supported on Android devices. If something like that is happening to you, what you need to do in order to access this particular file is to use another device.

If you are aware of a different successful solution to this Android issue, please let us know in the comments below. We will include it in our instructions and will assist even more people in dealing with this issue.

Laptop Overheating Explained and Fixes

In the following article, we will go over the most common reasons for laptop overheating as well as show you how to potentially fix this issue and reduce your machine’s temperature.

Laptops are incredibly useful. They provide you with most of the benefits of a desktop computer, while being quite mobile and easy to carry around. With the advance of hardware technologies, you can expect a laptop to have similar amounts of RAM, hard-drive memory and processors as powerful as those of any regular PC. Of course, laptops tend to be a bit more expensive, but on the other hand you get your keyboard, monitor, speakers and even a mouse, all at once with the actual computer. Still, it cannot be denied that laptops are a compromise between the mobility of tablets and smartphones and the capabilities of a regular desktop PC. This means that there is room for a lot of cons that other specialized devices do not have. In this particular article, we will be talking about the tendency of laptops to overheat much faster and easier in comparison to their desktop counterparts.

Where is the difference?

We all know how the case of a regular computer looks. It’s a big, spacious box, with enough room inside it for a big fan and enough vents for air circulation. Some PC’s even have a water-based cooling system, which makes the whole process even more efficient. However, you do not get that with a laptop and it is easy to see why. Laptops are small and lack the room for any big and fancy fans. Also, the air circulation in them is limited. The vent is usually quite small and if you are not careful what surface you put your notebook on, it might not provide the computer with any fresh air (we’ll get to that in a moment). Also, the fact that you do not have a separate keyboard, monitor, speakers and a mouse further contributes to the faster temperature rise of the machine. All in all, laptops are pretty quick to overheat, that is why people who use them need to have a good understanding of how they can minimize the accumulated heat, so that their notebook computer could function properly.

Most common reasons for laptop overheating

There are a lot of things that might have caused your machine to overheat. Sometimes it might even shut down due to high temperature – this is a defense mechanism aimed to prevent any serious damage done by the accumulated heat. Here are the most common things that might have caused this problem:

Video games or other laborious software

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It is debatable whether there are gaming laptops and there is a good reason for it. No matter how powerful, expensive and top-notch a laptop is, it will always have certain inherent issues when it comes to gaming. PC games (especially newer ones) are some of the most system resource demanding pieces of software that you can run on your machine. Additionally, most of them require constant interaction with the keyboard and are heavy on almost every aspect of your computer. All of this leads to quick and inevitable overheating of your notebook computer. Still, this does not mean that games cannot be played on a laptop or that it would ruin the device, but it should still be said that if you want to predominantly use your computer for gaming, a laptop might not be the best choice for that task. Also, if your notebook is not very powerful, overheating might be caused by other laborious programs, such as professional video or picture editing software. Also, if your machine has a lot of heavy processes running at once, that you do not really need, it would be a better idea to have them disabled in order to make it easier for your device’s hardware.

Using the wrong surface

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It is almost astonishing how many people who use laptops do not know that it is a bad idea to put your machine on anything other than a flat and smooth surface. If you tend to put your notebook on your bed and operate on it like that, this is the perfect recipe for overheating. Blankets, sheets, soft surfaces or anything similar makes it very difficult for the air to properly circulate out of the tiny vent that is usually at the bottom or the side of the device. Laptops should only be used on perfectly flat surfaces, such as tables (without covers), desks or anything similar if you are planning to work for an extended period of time.

  • If you really want to keep your notebook as cool as possible, you can buy a laptop fan stand. Those stands have a big fan that provides your machine with an additional cool flow of air and is also made to minimize the airflow blockage that you would otherwise get if you use some other surface.

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Dust blockage

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Getting this problem with a laptop is inevitable. No matter what you do, at a certain point the dust that accumulates over the cooling system will become too much for the fan to cool effectively. You can, however, reduce the rate at which dust particle blockage builds up by keeping your machine away from dusty surfaces and rooms and covering the vent with a piece non-dusty clothing when the computer is turned off. Still, even with those precautions, dust will eventually be accumulated. Therefore, you should take your machine to a technician once in a while, who will clean the dust blockage for you. Alternatively, you can disassemble the laptop yourself and wipe the dust build-up from the fan and the rest of the cooling system.