My super fancy kick ass laptop has been giving me grief for the last month or so. It's been getting extremely hot occasionally just decides to switch itself off. Highly annoying and would turn out to be quite an expensive problem as I wasn't planning on forking out another grand on a new laptop for another year.
Before deciding to get a new laptop I thought it best to see if I could do anything to help it. I flipped it over and inspected the bottom and found the problem. Dust had blocked up many of the tiny holes on a wire mesh protecting the fan. Ha!
I took the back off and gave it a quick wipe, turned it back on and loaded up the core temp programme i'd installed and instantly the temperature had dropped 10+ degrees C. Brilliant. I'm going to give it a proper clean tonight but hopefully that'll be the end of the troubles.
Imagine how fast Football Manager will run now.