Coconics Enabler Laptop- Heating Issues

Originally Published in March 2022

 

Introduction

In this blog post, we will explore the topic of laptop heating and temperature monitoring. A laptop heating up can lead to various performance issues and potential damage to the hardware. We will discuss the common causes of laptop heating and provide insights into how to monitor and mitigate temperature-related problems.

Understanding Laptop Heating

Before we delve into temperature monitoring, it's important to understand the common causes of laptop heating. Several factors contribute to increased laptop temperatures, including:

  • Ambient temperature
  • CPU-intensive processes
  • Operating system
  • Applications being run
  • Battery
  • Disk
  • Fans (or lack of)
  • Charging
  • Vents and dust

By identifying these causes, we can take appropriate measures to prevent overheating and maintain optimal laptop performance.

Cooling of Laptop

Effective cooling is crucial for keeping laptop temperatures within safe limits. Some cooling methods to consider include:

  • Proper airflow and ventilation
  • Using cooling pads or stands
  • Applying thermal paste or thermal strips
  • Utilizing an external USB fan

We will explore these cooling techniques and discuss their effectiveness in maintaining lower laptop temperatures.

Coconics Enabler Laptop

The Coconics Enabler laptop is known for its fanless design, which can present unique heating challenges. We will examine how the fanless Celeron processor in the Coconics Enabler affects temperature and discuss the implications of using a solid-state drive (SSD) M.2 SATA disk instead of the stock eMMC storage.

Review the Temperature Logs

Let's analyze the temperature logs captured during different scenarios. The logs provide valuable insights into the laptop's thermal behavior and can help us understand the impact of various activities on its temperature.

Sensors-CNics-LMint-1Jan2022 (Before Fan)

~$ sensors

BAT0-acpi-0

Adapter: ACPI interface

in0: 7.60 V

coretemp-isa-0000

Adapter: ISA adapter

Package id 0: +89.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

Core 0: +89.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

Core 1: +89.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

acpitz-acpi-0

Adapter: ACPI interface

temp1: +87.0°C (crit = +95.0°C)

Sensors-CNics-LMint-1Jan2022 (After Fan - 10 seconds)

:~$ sensors

BAT0-acpi-0

Adapter: ACPI interface

in0: 7.60 V

coretemp-isa-0000

Adapter: ISA adapter

Package id 0: +78.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

Core 0: +78.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

Core 1: +78.0°C (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)

acpitz-acpi-0

Adapter: ACPI interface

temp1: +78.0°C (crit = +95.0°C)

Conclusions, Recommendations, and Way Forward

Based on the temperature logs and the insights gained from understanding laptop heating, we can draw several conclusions and provide recommendations to mitigate overheating issues. We will discuss the importance of regular maintenance, managing CPU-intensive tasks, and ensuring proper ventilation. Additionally, we will outline best practices for temperature monitoring and recommend steps for optimal laptop cooling and performance.