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Laptop Shuts Down

Posted on 2007-10-17
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My laptop with WIN XP likes to shut down. Every few days, it would go into an overdrive mode (lot of noise). After a few seconds/minutes it shuts off. I have performed routine maintenance - clean the HD, defragment etc. but no use. HD is 20% free but it still shuts down. The key thing is that it always goes into a high noise mode before shutting down.

Question by:muhammasif
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I have seen this where a laptop will shutdown when it over heats.   This would also be consistent with increased fan noise.   Have you noticed that the feels hotter than normal at these times?

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I believe that is true - it does get hot.

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How can I avoid it from overheating? Thanks.
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nobus earned 500 total points
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you have to clean the fans and vents of the laptop, even the cpu fan.
This requires opening the laptop.
It can also be a good idea to refresh the heat paste on the cpu.
you can check the cpu temps in the bios (after a shutdown) or with speedfan :
If you are not used to working with laptops, i suggest turning it in for repair
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steveoskh earned 500 total points
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If it is a laptop with a desktop CPU.....good luck they run very hot.  My wife had one that would burn your legs.  Elevating it off the surface helped.  You can also get "cooling plates" the have fans and sit under the laptop.
At work we had one laptop with a bad or loose mount on the CPU cooler.  Repairing the mount with new paste solved that one.  As Nobus suggested, don't go inside if you are new to that type of repair.
One caution on canned air.  I have seen people blow air into the vents and over rev the fan, fun to hear the fan sound like a jet taking off, but not good for the bearings.

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