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#1 Turi

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:30 PM

Hi there peepsickles.

I think somebody may have already posted about this, however searching comes to nothing.

My laptop, recently (10 months old), has began shutting down. Not sleep mode or hibernate, it just completely goes. I have to switch it on again, and tell it to use Windows Vista.

I have spoken to a couple of people, and they also have this problem. One contacted his laptop's manufacturer, and they said perhaps it's a problem with the power switch, gave him instructions on how to dissemble his laptop and take a look. He said it did seem a bit dodgy, but shouldn't cause his laptop to periodically turn off.

I'm just frustrated, I can be working on something and it may happen, causing me to loose work, as you have guessed.

I think I read somewhere about this happening on Vista laptops, but I can't be too sure.

Any reasons it could be happening/ways to stop it?

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:27 PM

Generally complete shutdowns without any warning are due to a hardware problem of some sort. The most common thing with laptops is either dirt/dust in the case or a broken CPU/cooler fan.

Blow out the case with canned air (don't use a compressor as it's too powerful) and hold the fan blades (if visible) still with a toothpick. Blow all the slots/openings and watch for dust to come out elsewhere - if you see it, keep blowing until everything comes out clean.

For check the fan - lick your finger and place it near the outlets on the case. If you feel air blowing, then the fan is working.

Also, it's a good idea to keep the laptop on a hard surface when using it - soft surfaces can occlude the openings and cause it to overheat.

If this doesn't fix it, let us know and we'll suggest some more stuff to check.
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