Edited April 6th 2011. Alright. Been a couple of years since I wrote this instructable. So, I'm going to revise it using correct grammar and changing it abit so you can understand it more clearly then when I typed it out when I was 11/12 years old.
So anyways, I originally, had my father's laptop the overheated quite often when running games on my laptop. So I had to think cold, and thought of the hot/cold packs that contain the blue gel and thought of a way to somehow have the laptop intake be able to take the cold air from the packs to cool down the laptop.

OK......Just to let you know. Im I play lots of games on the Computer. And I have a laptop. But it keeps needed a cooler for a laptop fast. The store ones cost to much or I I thought...think cold.....think cold....and thought of this.

Step 1: Stuff

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Edited April 6th 2011: Laptop. Hot/Cold gel packs, a large zip lock bag.

The stuff you need is: A laptop that has problems overheating, ice packs, and a large ziplock bag.

Step 2: Step 1

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Edited April 6th 2011: Place the Hot/Cold Bag(s) into the ziplock baggie and place them evenly and then seal the bag without trapping the air inside.

First put all the ice packs into the bag and space them out. And also make sure that there is no air trapped inside

Step 3: Step 2

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Edited April 6th 2011: Place the now completed cooling pack under your laptop. If it wobbles or moves around too much, have something like a book or box keep the laptop stable.

Take you new cooler and put it under your laptop. And if you notice its not stable. then put some to stedy it.

Step 4: And You Are Done!

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Edited April 6th 2011: Alrightly. Quick note, make sure you have some way of airflow going through the vent so that you computer can still function correctly and not overheat, which is what you were trying to prevent. Pictures explain better then words. you now done with your newly made cooler. Also this could also be an body cooler for hot summer days. Ummm about the ventalation for your laptop. remember it wiggles around? Umm if you waitch my should tell you. And the cooler pak doesnt cover the fan intake and cooling vents.


JakeR24 (author)2015-11-02

Using an icepack or ice in a bag is not a bad idea, however be INCREDIBLY CAREFUL, If not, you will damage your laptop eventually, the bag does NOT completely prevent moisture, and neither would a paper towel. It will stop a large amount of water from getting in there obivously. Condensation will begin to occur on the outside of the bag as the ice melts and the laptop heats up, especially if you have a higher end laptop with a dedicated GPU such as myself. You'll get an effect similar to the water on the outside of glass that had an icy drink in it on a summer day, the extreme dry electrical heat(PC components get EXTREMELY hot if you didn't already realize, much hotter than an average user would believe.) from your CPU/GPU with the intake fan will turn that moisture into vapor and suck it right in there, probably not enough to outright fry anything, but this has potential to damage your laptop. If your positive your setup isn't creating any external moisture then this would be fine. An alternative would be to put a surface that is doesn't warm up quickly and put it in the freezer until it's at your freezers temp, then just set your laptop on that surface, the thicker the better as it will remain cool longer the thicker the surface is. I know it's not perfect but neither is the ice bag idea and both will not last for very long, just shell out the cash for a cheap cooling pad. At the very least you can prop your laptop up to provide better ventilation for the bottom intakes. That will essentially provide the same benefit and if that doesn't work well enough then your most likely going to have to shell out for a cooling pad anyways, make sure you keep your ventilation CLEAN as well and get software to tweak your laptop fan speeds so you can speed them up, also free ways to keep your laptop cool

RichI1 (author)2015-02-03

I'm still laughing at this. Step 1, step 2 Step 3. All these steps included as if to seem clever for having this figured out, when all of this could have been summarized into 6 simple words: Put icepack in bag under laptop.

TangMu (author)2008-01-06

Anyone else worried about the moisture this setup would attract? or would it be negligible O_O

dkfa (author)TangMu2008-01-06

The moisture will collect in the bag and not to the comp....or u could just put a piece of paper on top of the icy pak and then the laptop..... this works good for me on my bed cuz my bed is bouncy

EleriK (author)dkfa2009-10-18

I'm not sure if this would actually work but it makes sense in my head and I hope a smarter instructableser can say if it will or not, but why not use those silica gel packets. Or make your own thin one and put that between the fans and the laptop.

Of course when I did this I used a piece of absorbent paper-towel and that laptop worked fine for years.

michaelcozens (author)EleriK2011-08-06

I'm not sure the instructable as described would create too many problems with humidity. Since the icepacks are sealed in a ziplock bag, any moisture gathering on the outside of the bag was present in the room air as humidity anyway, and thus was already making its way into the computer. If anything, I would think that this method would lead to less humidity inside the laptop itself, as a good portion of that moisture would be condensing on the ziplock bag before entering the computer's air intakes.

Still, probably a good idea to keep a towel between the bag and computer, and regularly change it out when it starts to get damp. Water does tend to evaporate upwards.

dudenitx (author)2011-04-22

sorry,,,, sir,

but i had to mention this... it is quite a risky affair.... u cant just use it always ... it will lead to moisture or humidity intake within the lappy.... so ... just have to find other way,,,

well but a good approach.. u r just near... think of something relly awesome..

faizyuki (author)2010-07-15

hey you all stop showing off your computer spec to the kid he just only want to help people overcome the overheating problem this is not a place for showing off so be mature and stop acting like a punk!

rof! im juz kidding. really this made a thread of pcs = )

jetersaurous (author)2011-04-04

ohhhhhhh, you're so cooool!!!


shmuley95 (author)2008-10-20

im 14 i have a laptop i think its a very common thing now... i asked my dad for my macbook pro and he said it was educational so why not, hey i mean u can learn so much from the internet just look at instructables!!!

james0071st (author)shmuley952010-06-25

Wow, your dad's a moron!!!!!!!! Mac Book Pro, educational? How about status symbol and bragging rights at school. It used to be kids only bragged about the clothes mommy and daddy could afford. Now, it's the tech they can afford. And to think, these are our future leaders!!!!!!

james0071st (author)2010-06-25

Must be nice to have parents with nothing better to do with their money!!!!!!!!!!

computer_guy (author)2010-06-19

forgot to mention windows 7 ultimate 64 bit :P

computer_guy (author)2010-06-19

lols. got my desktop computer when i was 13. custom made. intel core 2 quad 2.83 Ghz overclocked to 3.40 Ghz External 1Tb Internal 250 Gb Internal 200 Gb Internal 80 Gb 4 Gb DDR2 ram Ocz two 17" monitors NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512 mb GDDR5 ram

anarchysk8 (author)2009-09-07

lol intel is lame 3.3ghz for $1000 or AMD 3.0ghz for $200 u decide i have a custom made computer with parts i bought on and asus m4a79t (only way to go all others are trash) AMD (thats right) pheonom II 955 oc'd at 4.23ghz 2x XfX raedon 4870x2 2gb 8gb ocz ddr3 16000 Liquid Cooling DangerDen block with nzxt rez Feser one 360rad+ 140/with aerocool extreme turbine (80cfm) 2x westerndigital velosciraptor 300gb Razor mouse/keyboard Ultra x3 1600w Windows 7 64bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2x dell cheapo lcd's (dell is alienware and they both are scammers) so anyways dont waste money on alienware when u can get a million times the computing for a tenth the price if u build your self

Jake Morton (author)anarchysk82010-02-17

how do you build laptops by yourself? is it like on a website and you check off the different prcessor, hard drive, etc or do you buy each part indiviually

Jake Morton (author)2010-02-17

wow you either have a part time job and have been saving for ever :) or your parents are rich :))

PeterOrgasmique (author)2010-02-08

So which one of your divorced parents bought you that?? Mum or Dad?

It's called WORKING for it...


gmjhowe (author)2008-01-07

some people wish for fresh clean water everyday. be happy with what u have got.

EleriK (author)gmjhowe2009-10-18

on the other hand there's nothing exceptionally horrible about some kids parents buying them something nice. especially since in this case computers are much, much more a part of life for kids growing up now than they were even 4 or 5 years ago.

On topic, it'd be a good idea to get something like a cardboard box and make a wedge shaped box out of it, make a few risers to keep the laptop up, and put two case fans in the wedge, one at the back pulling air into the box and over the icepacks, and a second under the laptop blowing the cold air at it.

junits15 (author)2009-08-26

ty cleaning out the heatsink, that usually is the cause of an overheating laptop, just a word of advice, there is no way in hell you will be able to open your laptop without your manuel, (that is without breaking anything)

anarchysk8 (author)junits152009-09-07

lol ummm ok i thought normal people can use screwdrivers without the manual but i guess not i did with my compaq when it got dirty but i guess im talented or somthing

junits15 (author)anarchysk82009-09-07

you must hav ahad one that was particularly easy to open. I tried numeroust times with no success until I used the manual. (and it was a compaq too)

anarchysk8 (author)junits152009-09-08

really? thats weird just inside the bay covers were 6 screws that let me in the whole computer minus the screen (lol and the keyboard wasnt even fixed by screws just compression fittings) but i guess it depends on what year and how compact the computer is

anarchysk8 (author)2009-09-07

thank you alienware is the biggest ripoff since taxes and i agree with you fully on the asus its way better and the mtbf is way higher (mtbf= mean time between failures) with alienwares laptops having only 30000 hours and asus's newest netbooks have 1000000+hours mtbf

junits15 (author)2009-08-26

who cares?

Adultoys (author)2009-08-20

When did Instructables become a bragging contest for children? If I'm someone who takes the time to read peoples comments to get more info/opinions/tips/ratings/etc on the instructable, I don't want to read about the stats for everyones computers & how you came up with the money to buy whatever it is.... Please... comment on the "INSTRUCTABLE" not about yourself !!!!! Thank You !!

reese08_93 (author)2009-04-16

exactly, kids these days... don't know a hard days work. I'm 15 and will work 2 jobs this summer. I have 1 beast laptop, 1 beast desktop, and a crap desktop. And I've payed every cent of it.

Gamer917 (author)reese08_932009-08-10

i worked for a loooong time, made $500, and a year after that, when i lost my ipod, i bought a replacement with my own money. My advice to you is to sell the crap desktop so you can buy upgrades for the other desktop

reese08_93 (author)Gamer9172009-08-11

chia i make 500 bucks in two weeks now

Gamer917 (author)2009-08-10

i hope your acer lasts longer than mine, the motherboard got fried on mine

Gamer917 (author)2009-08-10

well i have a 14.1 inch toshiba that has a 6 cell battery, an overclocked (3.0 ghz) intel core 2 duo, Vista Home Premium 64- bit, 4gb DDR2 800mhz ( soon to be upgraded to 8gb), a 330gb hard drive, the battery lasts for 3 hours on high performance settings, AND i'm getting an HP Pavilion Elite for my 13th birthday and it has an intel Core i7 965 EXTREME EDITION quadcore,3.33ghz, 12gb DDR3, a Bluray disc drive, a 23 inch HD monitor, 640 Gb hard drive (i dont believe in having a 1tb drive if you don't edit video alot), a Wifi-N card, Bluetooth, an ATI Radeon 4850 HD 1gb dedicated memory and i might upgrade to ATI CrossFire X cards. BEAT THAT bubble_gum_chewing_gum

Gamer917 (author)Gamer9172009-08-10

btw the reason im not paying for at least part of my new desktop is because i ran out of money after buying a replacement ipod touch so don't call me spoiled

Gamer917 (author)2009-08-10

i got a decent hp laptop when i was nine but it pretty much stayed in one place and it was used by my entire family because our dell desktop was getting outdated (it was from 1999), we eventually threw out the dell.

ladyharley05 (author)2009-05-11

you should have more space on the bottom of the laptop for air to circulate. I would think the fan would mess up without air flow

rens23 (author)ladyharley052009-05-15

yea that think i too

cotton (author)2009-04-18

ok thats spoiled

cotton (author)2009-04-18

wow rude much, i payed half for my netbook and ur calling him spoiled because he got a laptop. so he got a laptop shouldent he take full advantage of it before it fails i am. i do everything on this netbook wuts next im spoiled?

Holden_vy_s (author)2009-03-15

Alienware? Shoot yourself.

Garbit (author)2009-02-28

allowance? sadface, what the hell

Garbit (author)2009-02-28

I have to laugh, when I was 17 I brought my dads laptop off him for £120 and it was a PIII 64MB RAM which was already 5 years old. Tight eh? Kids who get stuff for free don't value the item they receive, that and everybody in here is jealous :) I know I am!

electronicfreak22 (author)2009-01-18

Uggghh, you're so lucky I just got a dell Inspiron 1100.. which is pretty old, but I'm "pimping" it out haha and 2TBs? I didn't know you could get that size for a laptop.. I need to update my knowledge:p

beff50 (author)2008-12-23

judging by the windows visa sticker on the corner of the laptop, it is not an old laptop. but listen to this, i have this same laptop, i know the thing inside and out. this type of laptop is very cheap and flimsy. very. now listen up to this, when you put a cold substance (like ice packs) under a hot laptop, it turns into a dehumidifier inside the laptop. and do you know what that means... water is getting inside the laptop, know everyone knows what that means. this is bad for the cheap hardware inside that laptop. if you want to get some life out of this thing than you need to switch to a different cooling source. believe what i am telling you because it is all true. it is all simple stuff, when water gets on laptop hardware, is ruins it. so let me ask you this, how long do you want to keep this laptop?

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-06

Smart idea! I am 13, and I wish I had a laptop. I have 2 computers though. 3 Actually. But they're not all mine, basically 2 of them are. Great idea!

gamer (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-06

i think u like computers as much as i do, i have 1 laptop, 2 computers, and soon gonna get a third one, heh, i love computers more than anyone in my family, i already have 3 networks, 1 wired, 2 wireless, and all my equipment was bought by me and only me. funny -gamer

rayfalcon (author)gamer2008-03-20

i have you all beat i got a total of 5 computers 1 antique ibm portable that still runs in a1 shape and 2 laptops 1 toshiba ct4800 and the other is a compaq all tower aka desktops have a 3terabit hard disk drive with 3 Gb memory sdram voodoo3 2000 3d accelerated graphics and crystal wdm high end sound cards. interfaced with a rj45 and rj11 etherjet /ethernet network interface cards the one laptop i use mostly is the compaq its awesome for games like delta force land warrior online multiplayer and bhd and the need for speed games :-P hehehehehe and yes i was given a ancient 1 for my first system and the rest i builded or bought on my own I have 16 years expierance working on and tearing apart computers and their hardware software stuff. oh i almost forgot 1 of my systems the desktops is a ibm 300 pl and a ibm 300 gl ;-)

nystud162 (author)rayfalcon2008-07-07

Got 2 desktops, 3 laptops, and a Cluster containing the motherboards and pieces of 16 desktop computers which caps out to about 70-80 gigaflops. I have the thing running on a gigabit Ethernet switch each computer having a gigabit Ethernet card. The Master is connected to a HD Projector while the Slave computers are stored in a circular configuration to reduce cable length. All Computers are stored in a large closet / tiny room that's cooled using a 10,000 BTU Air Conditioner. Got ya beat... and I'm 16 :-p

im 15 i cant beat ya but
my desktop is rated at over $1300
and my laptop is estimated to be around $800 or more elsewhere
not bad for what i get right now which is only like $24 allowance a month so yah (not including birthdays and holidays = P)

i dont really care about prices, i care about good deals. i ordered a laptop (with my own money), and it was only $450 - 2.0GHz Processor - 2GB Ram (Upgrading to 4) - 160GB Hard Drive - 17" Screen - ATi Mobility Radeon X1330 (Those Numbers are Probably off) -Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (Boo Hoo, I want XP) -HP Compaq 6820s As i said, i got it for $450, but it was an open box. I looked up the same computer, but not open box, on the same website, and its $750. I saved $300 bucks! I am also 15

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