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Laptop gone Screwy

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AJ, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. AJ

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    Got one of the kids laptops in at the moment acting weird.

    Will boot up OK, XP Home, and sit there for ages everything fine. The cooling fan kicks in straight away. If you restart it it will flash up a bluescreen and then reboot. Will keep this up until it manages to restart into windows it randmly reboots and the whole thing start again.

    Now it seems to me that the laptop is running very hot, certainly would not want it on my lap whilst using it.

    Any suggestion Guys an Gells
     
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  2. Nelix
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    If the fan is kicking in then it sounds more like a problem with the intake vents, get a can of 'Air Duster' and give it a squirt in all the vents to blow out the cobwebs. give it a go and let us know if that resolves anything, if not we can do some more investigating.
     
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  3. AJ

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    Sorry Nelix tried that. Took the cover off and squirted some air into it , hardly any dust and the fan was clean.

    Had it on for an hour now and yet to fail. It is however still running fairly hot. Forgot to say the battery is dead and so it is running on mains only.

    Taken the battery out to see if that makes any difference. They are coming back for it this afternon so I'll keep you informed.
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    In a PC, you see that sort of behavior when the power supply is about to die. I suspect that the dead battery may have been at least contributing to the problem. If you haven't already, replace it with a good battery and see if that helps. Also, if it's running hot, despite your fans running, something else is causing it to overheat. Check the CPU temp to see if that's an issue. There should be a diagnostic program you can get into when you reboot that will let you test a variety of the laptop features including internal cooling functions.
     
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  5. AJ

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    Thanks for the help guys, it's gone back to the pupil now.

    Trip - tried another PS but still did the same plus we were running the thing without the battery in.

    One possibility we thought of was that the CPU could be one the way out.

    Ta very much :D
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Since you sent the laptop back to the pupil, I guess this is a moot point but you could always test your idea by (if possible) switching the CPU out with a known good one. Also, you said you were running the laptop with the battery out. Did you try it with the battery in and switch the original battery with a known good (and fully charged) replacement? Just a few thoughts.
     
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  7. AJ

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    Thanks for the help Trip. We did think of replacing the afore mentioned parts, but we did not have a spare working CPU nor the correct battery for the make of LT, but thanks anyway!
     
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