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Boot Up & Screen Freeze Problem

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#1 drjos


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

I have a 5 years old Toshiba Satellite L300 Laptop, Celeron 2,13 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Vista 32-bit OS. By now I had not have any problem but overheating sometimes...   4-5 months ago, I've started to experience sudden shutdowns on its own, and it started to take almost 15-30 minutes to boot up; not because the windows loading process was taking a long time, but it is basically not able to stay turned on for more than 1-2 seconds after I press on/off button. Power is getting cut only after 1-2 seconds, and it is restarting itself again and again and again till Toshiba sign appears on the computer. By the way, since the battery is totally dead, I am using without the battery.


First I thought this is a battery problem, or maybe it is because of the loose adapter entry (tip of the power plug is able to dance!). Then since last 2 months I also started to experience this screen freeze problem. Everything basically stops as it is. I've added the picture.


Also, if I keep the laptop open, and even if it freezes, then when I restart it, it does not take 15 minutes on boot-up; but if I shut it down, again the hell awaits me!


I suspect those two problems are different, maybe they might be related, or maybe caused by each other though.


It's obvious it's a hardware problem, I just wanted to ask if you are familiar with such a problem, and what kind of bill a tech guy would charge me?


Thanks very much in advance!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:55 PM

my guess is your occasional overheating has turned into a constant overheating problem, and has fried something either in the CPU or the motherboard, Im leaning more towards the motherboard. The shutdowns come from getting to hot, and the 15 minutes to reboot is it cooling off enough to be able to restart.  My guess is, if you can find a tech willing to work on it, your looking at anywhere between 150-300+ dollars for a repair, and on a laptop that old I think I would just save up for a new laptop. Or, try to find a used motherboard for that model laptop off of ebay and try your luck fixing it.


Like I said, this is just a guess based upon symptoms Im seeing. maybe someone else will see something Im not.



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