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random shutdowns n' more

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#1 mjudd


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 03:23 AM

I've got a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop that's spent most of the last week randomly shutting down on me. If I let the machine sit, play music or let the screensaver run, it's fine but if I type anything for very long or if I exit the screensaver, I've got about a 50% chance of the machine dying. When it dies I have to pull the power cord and battery before I can attempt to restart. When I do restart it, I've got a one in twenty chance of the BIOS even starting. Most of the time my power indicator light on the front of the machine comes on momentarily and stuff starts to run, then the system shuts down and cannot be restarted without again pulling the power cord and battery and hoping the system decides to load. Norton doesn't show any viruses present so I'm at a loss. Any suggestions not involving a shotgun would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 11:49 AM

Well if this is happening on a level where the bios doesnt even start, you may have either a corrupted bios or bad hardware. This is probably not software related at this point



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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:50 AM

This is a common problem with the i5150's.. see:


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