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Dying Computer?

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#1 JenHytt


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Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:35 PM

So my lap top keeps dying on me, and I have no idea why. Its not overheating, and since I know very little about computers I don't have any clue what else could be causing this. Lately it will only stay on for about an hour at the most before it just dies. After it dies I usually have to wait 15-30 minutes before I can turn it back on again. If I don't wait it won't even get to the log in screen before dying again. I'm struggling to do research and write a term paper on it right now, so if anyone could offer some advice (besides tossing it out the window) it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:28 AM

Hi JenHytt, welcome to bleeping computer

How did you determine that over heating wasn't your problem?

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 09:36 AM

Overheating usually is the problem in the type of problem you describe, although it could be bad caps on the mb or a power supply crapping out.

Download Everest Home, version 1.51 (the last FULL FUNCTION FREEWARE VERSION from oldversion.com and see what it tells you about processor temps, hard drive and motherboard temps.

Edited by Enthusiast, 19 April 2006 - 09:38 AM.

#4 ThorXP


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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:03 AM

I my opinion this is a ooverheating problem. Whatever it is that is heating up is taking the half-hour to cool down. The only way to fix this is to have someone experienced with laptops take the unit apart right after it stops operating to find out which part is overheating. It could be any part int he computer. My suggestion is to have it looked at by a qualified tech. Apparently the part that is overheating is not generating enough heat to warm the case enough to be detected.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 06:48 PM

Be sure to check out the power supply voltages, too, using Everest. They should be in these ranges:

+3.3: 3.135V to 3.465v
+5: 4.75V to 5.25V
+12: 11.4V to 12.6V

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 09:51 PM

A note on Everest: I can't seem to get through to oldversion.com. Either the site is currently down, or it's gone. Meanwhile, you can still get Everest 2.20 at MajorGeeks, and it does show temps.

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