Extremely hot laptop
November 29, 2007 1:12 AM Subscribe
I have a hot laptop. In fact, it's so hot that I can't even touch it. Is this normal? Or has the fan given up?
posted by jonathanbell to computers & internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an 18 month old Sony Vaio VGN-SZ1XP. Either the fan is incredibly quiet or it's broken. Regardless, if the laptop has been on all day, the temperatures on the underside, around the battery, are so high that it's painful to touch. I usually leave it plugged in with the battery installed, but make a point of not leaving it unattended on beds, carpets, etc. Is this normal? Is there a way of seeing if the fan is functioning normally, or does it need replacing? And can I do that myself?