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#1 Totally Hopeless

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:29 AM

For the last several days, my computer (an Acer Aspire 5100) shuts off about 10 minutes after I start it. I then have to wait two or three minutes before I can start it again. If I run a disk check, I get a message that some .tmp file was the wrong size. Any ideas on how I can fix this?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

Please...post the exact content of the error message. It's designed to indicate a problem which has been detected (and, possibly overcome) but the content is the only clue that the system initially provides.


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:51 AM

Running a "disk check" without a recover / repairswitch is useless. You need to run chkdsk /r

I'm not suggesting this is the cause of your problems. On the contrary, it's probably the result of them. Sounds more like your system may be overheating.

Edited by Allan, 21 March 2012 - 11:53 AM.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:55 AM

Here are the specs for your machine. Acer Aspire 5100 and here are the Acer Aspire 5100 FAQ

Can you identify your problem with any of those mentioned in the FAQ?

Do you have the latest drivers installed? Acer Aspire 5100 Support (You might have to go through the menu to get to the 5100 drivers).

Have you checked Windows Event Viewer for clues? The system logs events both good and bad whenever it's in use. To access Event Viewer, click Start, then Run (or hit Windows logo key + R), type: eventvwr.msc and click OK. Problems are identified by either a black exclamation mark inside a yellow warning triangle, or a white cross inside a red circle. If you find any, please post the Event ID(s) for these. The Event ID# is visible in the sixth column from the left after opening a submenu.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:36 PM

If it is regularly shutting down after only 10 minutes then it is quite likely (as mentioned earlier) that it is overheating. If it then shuts down after a shorter period when you immediately reboot it that is fairly clear evidence that heat is the problem.

This could be due to dust build up inside the machine or a failed fan. Can you hear the fan running when you switch it on and does it speed up before it shuts down?

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