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3 Year Old Toshiba Laptop Powers Off After 5 or 10 Minutes of Use

Hi Everyone:

       I have a friend who has been experiencing a periodic shutdown of his Toshiba laptop which started when he was doing video editing.  Now, the laptop powers down everytime after about 5 or 10 minutes of use.  He has checked the battery of the laptop and it is fully charged.  The laptop itself is about 3 years old and he is also running Windows XP on it.

         Any suggestions for correcting the problem will be appreciated.  I look forward to hearing from everyone regarding this question.

        Thank you.

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Hi George,
My first guess would be overheating.
A lot of air goes through the cases with notebooks (and dust).

You friend should be able to remove some of the cover pieces and blow out any accumulated dust/dirt.

More than likely is overheating either because of dust build up or a fan not spinning. You should be able to see/hear the fans spinning if you flip the laptop upside down while it is on.
hi George, if you post the model, maybe i can find the disassembly procedure
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone:

        Apparently, overheating was the cause of this problem.  My friend told me the university finally turned on the air condition for the dorm rooms yesterday.  Prior to that, the laptop was in the warm and heated dormitory room with temperatures exceeding 82 degrees Fahrenheit.  Siince the air conditioning has been turned on and the room has gotten cooler, the laptop has been able to remain on even all night without any kind of shutdown.

          Thanks again everybody for the feedback to this post.

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