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Hot computers are slow and dangerous—here's how to fix yours

How hot is too hot?
man using laptop in bed

One easy way to make your computer overheat: Use it on a bed, where the blankets prevent airflow.

Ever feel like your laptop is about to burn your thighs? Or that the fan is spinning so loudly that it sounds like a wind tunnel? Running at high temperatures can permanently damage the computer. Here’s how to detect whether your PC is too hot—and make it chill out.

Thanks to the , the electricity in your computer generates heat. Unfortunately, that warmth can damage the same components that produce it. That’s why most computers keep their temperatures down with metal heatsinks, fans, and vents.

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