HP EliteBook 8540w – Overheating issue

I haveĀ  HP EliteBook 8540w laptop, yes it is old but still kicking. But, there isĀ  one problem, very often I face with overheating issue, it gets hot very bad in the left upper corner of the case, and fan works on high mode.

It was very strange because sometimes there is only web browser running and nothing else. I have checked all residual processes and applications that can run in the background, everything was clean. Then I said, ok, fan and vents gets dirty and cloggued with dust. I open the case, but it was surprisingly clean and fan was working just fine. Hm, strange!? Then I get the idea. It was a problem in power management, it looks like this series of EliteBook have this issue ( checked on another friends EliteBook and he has a same problem ). This is what I do in order to prevent overheating problem.

  1. Start CONTROL PANEL on Windows ( 7, 8,10 ).
    Control Panel
  2. Find POWER OPTIONS and start it.
    Open Power options
  3. Select BALANCED PLAN and click on CHANGE PLAN SETTINGS.
    Edit plan settings
  4. Click on CHANGE ADVANCED POWER SETTINGS.
    Change Advanced power settings
  5. In the list find PROCESSOR POWER MANAGEMENT, then find MAXIMUM PROCESSOR STATE and change values to 80 %.
    Processor Power Management
  6. Close POWER OPTIONS and close CONTROL PANEL, that it. After I change all this to BALANCED and MAXIMUM PROCESSOR STATE to 80 % I never faced with overheating issue again.

I hope that this tutorial was informative to you and thank you for visiting this website.

Bojan Markovic

Bojan Markovic

IT professional with almost 20 years of experience, mostly integrator of IT services in TV & Radio broadcasting and web based projects. Expert in broadcasting playout systems, video streaming services and SEO.

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