Dell INspiron Mini 10 very hot

what are some of the ways we can do on the laptop to cool down the heat of netbook model Dell Inspiron mini 10? besides putting a cooler fan below the laptop? It becomes hotter after a recent RAM upgrade to 2GB
grnowAsked:
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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
To be sure if it is really connected to ram upgrade try to remove ram if temperature will be back in normal.
Also you can then borrow some spare ram and try with different as a another test.
For heat you can try to use air in can (or compreasor) to remove dust from laptop's fans what is more complicated to use cooling paste for heating sinks.
Also you can use SW to measure temperatures on core components to see if the temp is high but still in limits or really overheated
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You should never use a compressor on delicate computer equipment.....

Are you sure the new ram in on the hcl of your Dell?
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rindiCommented:
Clean out all dust, and make sure the vents are properly accessible and not blocked. Use the OS's powersaving features so that the CPU gets throttled when it isn't too much in use. Only load software that you need to run at the moment, and make sure it is malware free. Every little malware or additional software that is running will use more CPU power and heat the system up more.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
If you look at the CPU load - is it higher than you'd expect? Like above 50% when doing nothing?

Is the fan continuously on and running at a high speed?
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grnowAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for the suggestions. The unit is already sometimes hot before the upgrade, after the upgrade seems hotter. I don't see any fan in this unit. The processor is running below 50%
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nobusCommented:
ways to keep the temperature down :
-open the laptop, and clean all fans and vents from dust
-remove the cpu heatsink and fan, and renew the heatpaste
-use a cooling pad : http://www.walmart.com/ip/Laptop-Buddy-USB-Powered-Cooling-Pad-with-3-Fans-and-6-LEDs/19866347
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davidlevans13Commented:
According to the specs for that machine the processor is very low power and shouldn't be generating a lot of heat. I would be looking to the HDD...  check to see how busy it is and why..
Maybe the drive is getting sketchy or is being overused.
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grnowAuthor Commented:
i try to use hw monitor to see the temperature, it measures between 77 to 79 deg for the cpu. tried to change the thermal paste still the same.. there isn't much dust or blockage.
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grnowAuthor Commented:
is there a software to test if the hard disk is the one giving issues before trying to change the hard disk?
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rindiCommented:
Run the disk manufacturer's diagnostic utility on it.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
>> 77 to 79 deg for the cpu
Celsius? That is way too high for an Atom CPU. Which Dell Inspiron type do you have exactly? The one with a Atom N455 has a TDP of 6.5W - should not get that warm

Which parts of the machine are getting hot? Test this by putting the device off, leaving it to cool. Start it again and determine which part/component gets hot first.
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nobusCommented:
or run speedfan, it gives also the disk temp : http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
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grnowAuthor Commented:
it is a Inspiron Mini 10v
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nobusCommented:
did you install speedfan?   what readings do you get?
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grnowAuthor Commented:
nobus, it averages between 65 deg to 74 deg
tried to run the diagnostics from this website http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Products/?IsTag=False&IsInvalidSelection=False 
and the results shows all passed
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nobusCommented:
as  said above: too hot
see my recommendations above for cooling
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grnowAuthor Commented:
HI, the netbook does not come with any fan. had renewed the heatpaste and it doesn't help much.  used a cooler master ultra slim cooling pad and so far it averages less than 65 deg which is much better than before.
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grnowAuthor Commented:
speedfan now shows
HD0: 38C
Temp1: 56C
Core 0: 58C

CPUID shows
Hard disk: 38
TZ01: 56
core#0: 61
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nobusCommented:
just hope it works..
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grnowAuthor Commented:
so far used it for a few days and is satisfied my hands do not feel the heat when typing
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nobusCommented:
it's a nice toy to use during freezing days
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