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Turn off by itself

I tried to switch on my computer and it managed to log in. everything looked fine and suddenly it turned off by itself--without any warning (no pop-ups, no weird sound), just like when it runs out off battery. I turned it back on and it stayed logged in for awhile, and off again. what happened here? battery problem? power problem? right now I'm using the computer without the battery, so far it's been ok. so hopefully it wont turned off by itself anymore...

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  • jeffchappel Jan 10, 2008

    same problem, it just turns off.

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2008


    I have the same problem. I have had the laptop for about 18months.I have it connected to the power source all the time & have the laptop switched off when not using it.

    My service provider (AOL) said they had to update it with new software the other night & I have had problems ever since.

    I switch on the laptop sometime I get as far as ctrl,alt & del & log on then for no reason it just switches it self off I can't do anything with it.

    Does anyone have a solution!



  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2008


    I am having the same problem. I have had the laptop for about 18 months. I have it connected to the power source at all times but I have the laptop switched off when not using it.

    A message came up the other from my service provider (AOL) that they would need to update some software & I've this problem ever since.

    I switch on the laptop & sometime get as far as logging in then all of a sudden it switches its self off with no warning so cant do anything with it.

    Does anyone have a solution for this problem?



  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    sometime my computer stuck by itself

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2008

    whenever i turn on my laptop it keeps on resetting itself and wont go
    past the bios page. i once got it to work and i system restored it, but
    during the process it shut down after it did its restart. i tried to turn it on again and it
    still resets itself.

  • Tries Apr 18, 2008

    Confirm the same problem.

    It started to appear after reviewing of one page well loaded with FLEX technology.

    Notebook is in my hand for about 3 years 4months

    So, any solutions yet?

  • yellowchowda May 22, 2008

    I tried to switch on my computer and it managed to log in. everything
    looked fine and suddenly it turned off by itself--without any warning
    (no pop-ups, no weird sound), just like when it runs out off battery.
    I turned it back on and it stayed logged in for awhile( 5-10mins), and off again. Its getting heated up(underneath of my Lpt) very quickly.what happened ? battery problem? power problem? processer problem? or any virus...?
    right now I'm not using my lpt.
    Note: It turns off even it is pluged in....

  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    I kind of had the same problem. Everytime I turned on my laptop... and it starts to load, and all of the sudden.. it turns off. Even sometimes when I use the mouse part, and start clicking on the icons, it turns off. I think it's something with the mouse part, where it keeps doing that. I even tryed to use my recovery CD's to make it stop, but it got rid of all my files! MP3s, school work, and games were gone! I was so mad about it. My dad wants me to find a diagram for it, but I can't find one.

  • Anonymous May 26, 2008

    My pc switches on & everything appears on the desktop and suddenly switches off. There was a message that appered onced it said failed to read memory..... I can't remember the rest of the message. I have not tried to take any steps yet.

    From Robert

  • Bill-wm Aug 11, 2008

    I was logged in and using my S6F for a couple of hours (with charger plugged in) when it suddenly went off (instantly - no shut-down). Powered on and logged in again and within a few minutes it suddenly went off again. This time the battery went dead and will not recharge. Put in a spare battery and got the same result - turned off instantly and killed the battery. It will not turn on at all now. What has happened???



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It is static in the battery.

with the computer turned off.

hold down the power button for approx 40-50 seconds.

Take out battery.

Plug in ac adapter, and turn on computer. Then replace battery.

Basically this has drained the battery and removed any static energy, and it takes approx 1 hour to recharge.

Problem solved in 99%.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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OK guys, my girlfriends Acer had the same problem. If it randomly shutting off its likely that one of 3 problems are occuring.

1. mis-seated ram. It is quite common. open the back panel of the Acer (oain in the arse) and reseat your ram (only if you know how.)

2. The fans plug isnt plugged in correctly. Open the back panel and unplug then re-plug in the fan.

3. There is a silver heat restriction plate in the center of the machine when you take the back off. Loosen it SLIGHTLY and try to reboot it and see if that works.

I did all three of these and all seems to be going well.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009


This is a heat issue. This notebook automatically powers off when the cpu reaches a certain temperature to prevent damage.

Let me guess.. were both fans running full speed when it happened? They are probably clogged with dust.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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I also have same problem I thought it was the battery but battery is ok I realised it was the fan not working it was overheating and shutting down i left it to cool then it came back on. Check the fan whilst on.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008

Mine was doing this as well.
It proved to be dust on the cooking fins. A shot of compressed air thru the vents is all it took.

Posted on Feb 05, 2008

Problem sounds more like the cooling fan is not operating...?

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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Posted on Dec 14, 2007

Charger jack could be broken it happen's to a lot of these laptops we bought 2 at the same time about a year and half ago they are both broken now was told these boards have a problem with the charger jack you can pick it up on e-bay but then you must remove the old one and solder in the new.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007

To "reset" your battery charging capacity, put it in a plastic bag and keep it for at least an hour in your fridge... Freezing temp will reset the battery, making it capable of charging almost back to normal. (works also for cellphone batteries ets)

Posted on May 22, 2007

Not the charger i tried that. Not the battery i tried that. I have the same problem. Good luck and let me know if you find out what it is.

Posted on May 11, 2007

This sounds like a overheating problem and the fan may have gone out.

Posted on Mar 10, 2007

Have you tried the battery recondition program that is on the computer?

Posted on Mar 04, 2007

1)remove battery and unplug from mains 2)press power on few times 3)replug battery only 4)press power on few times 5)replug to the mains 6)press power again ... then it should run few weeks or months till it reoccurs

Posted on Mar 03, 2007

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Tyogi, I am having the same problem you are having. I have run some M/B CPU temp monitoring programs and they are reporting the laptop is overheating. Programs used for monitoring can be found here: Good spec readouts of laptop: Everest v. 2.20 - Used to Monitor components such as M/B, CPU and HDD temps: Hmonitor - I have had this laptop for about 1 yr and 7 months. How long have you had yours? I have been able to catch it while it's shutting down and have seen a message stating the CPU reached 82 degrees. I researched the CPU specs and the min/max thermal read shoud be between 5 ans 75. The ideal Thermal Design Power for the CPU on this laptop is 68.5 degrees Celsius. I am in the process of backing up my data to send this baby in for repairs since I boght an extended warranty. Try running the Hmonitor.exe and see if the overheating alarm goes off.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006

  • Alexis Beltran Oct 24, 2006

    Read neerajbalani's suggestion in this thread:

    I just saved myself having to backup all my data andthen sending the laptop out for a diagnostics/repair trip. I now still have my extended warranty which runs until March of 2007. If something happens between now and then I am still covered.


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Sounds as if charger is failing to charge battery or battery has lost it's memory, especially if its a good few years old.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006

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SOURCE: My netbook deactivates by itself minutes after fully booting up

this is due to static charge accumlated on the motherboard

Just press and hold power button for 45 seconds and release

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SOURCE: Total battery power remaining: Unknown

Well you can try a system restore.

1.) start
2.) programs / accessories / system tools
3.) system restore

follow the on screen instructions too restore the computer to a few days before it started having problems.

Chances are that the battery is shot if system restore fails.

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