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My dell c640 will not boot

One day i was surfing the web and my laptop got really hot and shut down...ever since that day my laptop has trouble booting...sometimes it will not boot at all...other times it will boot, but then freeze up or even shut down upon using it....please help...what could this be, and is it worth fixing

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  • mpenn007 Nov 24, 2008

    i am running windows xp professional

  • mpenn007 Nov 24, 2008

    thanks alot for the help

  • mpenn007 Nov 24, 2008

    ok i will try that

  • Steve DiPolito
    Steve DiPolito May 11, 2010

    Ok, well I have to go to classes. I will post your answer by this evening.

  • Steve DiPolito
    Steve DiPolito May 11, 2010

    Post what OS you are running and I will hopefully tell you how to check. This may be quick and easy to fix and then again you may have junked it. I'll help you find out as soon as you let me now your OS.

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Ok, I question the virus theory due to the fact that your computer is overheating although it isn't impossible. There is a huge possibility that it is hardware failure or error as well. Try the other solution and see if that fixes it. Regardless of whether it does or doesn't, take a look at the hardware components in control panel.

(in case you don't know, here is how to check)

  • open control pannel in classic view
  • click on administrative tools
  • click on computer management
  • click on system tools
  • click on device manager
In device manager, there is a list of all the components that are possibly in the computer. If you click on them, they will tell you the status and will give you the option to diganose. If you want to do this to the main components such as processor, ram, etc, this might tell you if something is wrong. This is a rare time where I can actually say that it is unfortunate that you do not have vista. It has an extensive testing and report of the system performance that would help you very much. If you don't find anything there, you are very limited in other options. I can take a look and see if I can find anything else that may help you, but unless you want to open your computer up, you would have to get some software that could scan and do a performance check on your computer. Of course, this is assuming it isn't software related such as a virus. If all else fails and this and virus check doesn't work, about all that is left is the repair shop. Well actually, you could always try to whipe your hard drive and start over but that is quite the process and isn't fun at all. Well, I hope that this is a fixya or at least was helpful and informational. If so, please rate well. This is the only way we get paid for free questions like these. :) Have fun!!!!

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I think the problem is caused by virus. Try to start your computer in safe mode and see if it freezes there. You can enter safe mode by pressing F8 repeatedly during system startup and selecting Safe Mode from the menu that appears. Then press enter twice.

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