So, I've been having this problem for a year now, and my solution has been to avoid intensive scans and reformatting to this day. Around a year ago, the CPU fan inside of my laptop died, so I had to purchase a new one off of eBay (the only place I could find one) and replace it. The reason I had to replace it was because my laptop kept crashing due to heat problems. Prior to the fan dying, I had no problems.
I opened up the computer, removed the old fan, applied new thermal paste (Arctic Silver Ceramique) to the CPU and new heat sink, and installed the new fan in the old one's place. Now, my computer will run under normal use FOREVER without crashing, however whenever I try to run an intensive scan or perform a reformat, it will totally crash. No blue screen, no nothing, it just shuts down!
Anyone have any suggestions? Should I try opening it up again and reapplying some thermal paste to the CPU? I know how to properly apply it, so that won't be a problem. Perhaps a new fan would do the trick? Or, is it something other than heat that is causing this problem?
Thanks for your help!
Model: Dell Inspiron 700m
CPU: Intel Pentium M 1.8GHz
OS: Win XP Service Pack 3
Edited by rbhambha, 02 July 2009 - 02:31 AM.