Im running windows XP pro, but i dont know if this is an OS issue or not. for the last few weeks ive been getting occasional sudden shutdowns (screen goes black and restart initiates). there is no warning whatsoever. the first few times it happened was during 3D renderings (3ds max), the larger they were the more likely a shutoff would occur at some point. lately ive also had a couple of occurences during antivirus scans. because it was happening during renders, which are extremely processor intensive, i thought maybe my processor was gettting too hot and the machine shuts off maybe to protect itself?
the machine is an Acer travelmate 4150 laptop. not sure how many fans its supposed to have there seems to be one going. it clearly spins but i cant tell how well its working. im keeping the computer on a hard wooden surface since this started happening. but the bottom does get pretty hot when the computer is working hard. anyway i could be totally barking up the wrong tree.
this problem has persisted through a fresh install of windows last week.
thanks for reading...