Dell Laptop Maintenance, long life and battery

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Many laptops has overheating problem, This problem is mainly due to laptop processor not having enough ventilation like if you keep laptop on bed, cushion, cloth material where heat doesn’t get absorb properly and the same laptop area will get heated up. If is recommended to keep laptop on hard surface like laptop table or stand while using or while it is resting.

Below are some tips to avoid or minimize Over heating

Check and clean air vents Fans.

Dust can accommodate in computer fans and can block fans which will increase heat . It is better to clean fan blades with small brush so if there is any small dust particles around fan can be removed .In order to find fan details in your computer read this Dell laptop User Guide

  1. Provide proper ventilation.
  2. Run a hardware diagnostic test.

There are many diagnostic test inside software which will help to troubleshoot the laptop issues.

Update the BIOS and device drivers.

Include this step as part of your scheduled update cycle. Device drivers and BIOS updates may contain feature enhancements or changes that help keep your system software current and compatible with other system hardware and software modules as well increased stability.

The BIOS firmware is embedded in the motherboard of a computer. The thermal table in the BIOS helps regulate the temperature of the processor CPU, system memory RAM, chipsets, hard drives and other devices by controlling the fan speed. A BIOS update may contain an updated thermal table to improve the thermal management in the computer.

Update these device drivers for thermal management and to resolve common overheating issues.

  • BIOS
  • Chipset

For downloading and installing the latest BIOS , see Dell article Dell BIOS Updates.

For downloading and installing the chipset driver , see the Dell knowledge base article How to Download and Install Dell Drivers.Use Dell Power Manager to manage thermal performance.

Download and install Microsoft Windows updates

Windows updates can solve specific problems, provide protection from attacks and add new features to the operating system.

How to run Windows Updates on Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, or 8?

  1. Right-click Start and click Settings.
  2. In the Settings panel, click Update and Security.
  3. In the left panel, select Windows Update.
  4. In the right panel, click Check for updates.
  5. Restart the computer after downloading and installing the updates.

How to run Windows Updates on Microsoft Windows 7?

  1. Open Control Panel, and then click System and Security.
  2. Click Windows Updates.
  3. In the left panel, click Check for updates.
  4. Restart the computer after downloading and installing the updates.

Run a hardware diagnostic test

In order to identify hardware related problems we should run the diagnostic test on our laptop. If the test pass then there will be no problem in the hardware and if test fails, you have to note down the error information and communicate with customer service.

  1. Restart the computer.
  2. At the Dell logo, press the F12 key several times to enter the One-time Boot Menu.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Diagnostics and press Enter.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions, and respond appropriately to complete the diagnostics.
  5. If the hardware tests pass, proceed to the next step.
  6. If the hardware tests fail, make a note of the error code and validation code and contact Dell Technical Support.

Dell Power Manager

This Manager allows you to manage your system’s processor and cooling fan settings so that you can manage performance, system surface temperature, and fan noise.

Dell Power Manager is supported on Dell Inspiron, Vostro and XPS laptops running exclusively on Windows 10, and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 to be installed on the PC.

Depending on the hardware configuration of PC, Dell Power Manager also support alert notifications related to power adapter, battery, docking and USB Type-C device/protocol incompatibility.

Key features

  • Battery Information – Display health information for up to six installed batteries, depending on system capabilities, and edit battery settings or create a custom battery setting.
  • Advanced Charge – Control battery charging to prolong battery life.
  • Peak Shift – Reduce power consumption by automatically switching the system to battery power during certain times of the day, even when the system is plugged into a direct power source.
  • Thermal Management – Control processor and cooling fan settings to manage performance, system surface temperature, and fan noise.
  • Battery Extender – Conserve battery charge by affecting CPU power level, screen brightness and keyboard illumination levels, and by muting audio.
  • Alert Settings – Allows you to restore the default alert settings.

How to download Dell Power Manager

Dell Power Manager is factory-installed on supported Dell PCs. Dell Power Manager can be downloaded from Windows Store or Dell Drivers & Downloads website.

Download from Windows Store

  1. Click Start and open Windows Store app, and sign in.
  2. Click Search, and find Dell Power Manager.
  3. On the Dell Power Manager page, click Install.
  4. Click Launch.

Download from Dell Drivers & Downloads website

  1. Browse to Dell Drivers & Downloads page.
  2. Click Download File and save the installer file on your PC.
  3. Browse to the saved location and double-click the installer file.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Improve efficiency to reduce heat.

  • Change which applications run when Windows starts by using the Startup tab in Task Manager.
  • Close applications when you are not using them.
  • Close the internet browser when you are not using it.
  • Lower the screen resolution and decrease the graphics settings if the computer becomes warmer than usual while playing games.

Perform a Windows System Restore.

Restore the computer to factory settings.

After These Steps Overheating issue should reduce , If problem persist try contacting Dell customer care.

For keeping laptop long life and maximum battery life it is better to maintain virus scan , dust cleaning and software updates.

  1. Download and install Microsoft Windows Updates.
  2. Run optimize my computer using Dell Support Assist.
  3. Limit startup programs.
  4. Scan your computer for malware.
  5. Dell Power Manager application will help you maximize your PC’s battery life by configuring how the battery should be maintained based on your personal preferences.

In case problem persist for more days and you are unable to resolve , Call the Dell help center to get advise

 Call:1-800-624-9896 or


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