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Laptop booting up and then shutting off unexpectedly.

I have a Gateway laptop that was started this morning and unexpectedly shut off. Now, I can't start it. Lights come on and immediately shut off. Interestingly enough, an older laptop I had sitting around I decided to bot up in the meantime started to give problems now, too. It boots to Windows everytime but shuts off unexpectedly.

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  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem on my laptop and also on my desktop. Started yesterday now laptop doesn't start at all. Desktop boots up then shuts off???

  • mpmorin Dec 19, 2008

    I live in an area that was hit hard by the ice storm. I didn't lose power but I'm wondering if my house was getting hit by dirty power. Later that same day, the computer started no problem. I have not had the problem since. I had it cleaned out with alcohol - memory, battery connectors, wifi card, hard drive CPU/fan cover. It seems that it may be sucking up dust.

  • mpmorin Dec 19, 2008

    About the MS updates. I got updated 12/10/2008 but the problem occurred 12/15/2008.

  • Dave Long May 11, 2010

    have you had any recent ms updates?


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This sounds like the cpu fan assembly go to Gateway and enter the model in the support then download the system diagram so you can remove the casing it would take me forever to type the inst. once you have removed the cover put you hand over the cpu fan assembly and check for airflow
If you are afraid to diass. your comp. take it to a pro.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

  • Leslie Dec 19, 2008

    do u know how to open your lt. you may have had a power surge check the cpu fan then write me back

  • Leslie Dec 19, 2008

    was it plugged in? write me directly at my co. website


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