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May 1st, 2005

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Keep Your Laptop Cool and its Video Chip Should Last a Long Time

Most laptop video chips are soldered directly on the motherboard. Without a video chip a laptop would not produce a display on its screen and is vulnerable to failure especially if the laptop is mistreated.

If you disassemble a typical laptop you will most likely see a heat sink with fan covering two sizeable chips. These are the graphics chip and CPU respectively. Both of these chips are extremely complex and generate a lot of heat during use. The graphics chip though generates by far the most heat. The CPU is almost always contained in a socket which allows it to be rapidly extracted and replaced should it fail or require upgrading. The graphics chip, however, is almost never found in a socket so cannot easily be upgraded or changed.

As a general rule, the hotter a chip works at, the shorter its life expectancy, when a failure can be expected. If the laptop and particularly its graphics chip are kept as cool as possible then this should help prolong the life expectancy of the laptop.

There are some obvious measures that can be used to keep this chip cool and a few less obvious ones. Always use the laptop on a tray or table, not on a rug, bed or on your knees since this will probably block the cooling vents. Have the vents and fan cleaned if there appears to be a reduction in airflow or if you notice the fan operating most of the time. The majority of users do not realise that certain applications generate much more heat from the graphics chip than others. Games make use of many advanced graphics features so will generate much more heat than say a word processing program. You will probably be surprised to discover that playing a DVD film may cause the graphics chip to run very hot, so potentially reducing the life expectancy of the laptop particularly when this is done regularly.

If the wrong or an old graphics driver has been installed on the laptop then this may cause the graphics chip to overheat and will likely cause graphics intensive applications to judder or freeze the laptop. The correct graphics drivers are often not too difficult to find and can usually be downloaded free from the manufacturer's Internet site.

Upgrading the graphics chip on a laptop is generally almost impossible because it is very difficult to remove the old chip from the motherboard. There are though, some high specification laptops that have the graphics chip mounted on a separate sub assembly circuit board that connects to the main motherboard. This makes it easy, thought quiet pricey, to upgrade or replace the graphics chip as required.

If you are fortunate, an overheating graphics chip will cause the laptop to cut out and shut down however more times than not immediate permanent damage results that will prevent the laptop from powering up in the future. Always treat your laptop carefully, being mindful that if it is getting hot then the graphics chip might fail immediately or will have a reduced life.

Graham Kelly is an expert at mending broken and damaged laptops and USB RAM drives. He has spent in excess of 30 years inside the electronics sector concentrating on electronic design and repair. He has written several articles relating to laptop and notebook faults to assist users diagnose and possibly carry out simple laptop repairs by themselves where appropriate. He is always willing to offer technical advice and can be contacted at Trilogic's internet site for
notebook repair
or
USB flash drive repair
.

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