My Acer laptop is running fast at times. Dont know if its the fan or hard drive. I have plenty of ram and hard drive and I'm running XP. No games or anything else to slow me down. Thank You...Dave Gale
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Re: fan starts runnung fast and everything is frozen
Overheating. Try using canned air and blowing out vents. If you are comfortable with it, take the laptop apart and clean it out. If not, contact a local computer shop that can do it for you. If cleaning doesn't do it, the CPU heatsink will need reseated or the CPU will need replaced.
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Most likely this problem is related to the motherboard failure and the motherboard has to be replaced. Just in case, try removing RAM modules one by one. Test the laptop with each module separately. If it doesn't help, probably it's bad motherboard.
Computer does not boot up The problem maybe the RAM, it is faulty or just needs reseating to make proper electrical contact. Reseat the RAM and then boot up your laptop. If it still does not boot up then remove the RAM module/s and take them to your friendly computer repair shop and get them to test the RAM for you. Just like you sometimes need a mechanic to repair your car, sometimes you do need a technician to diagnose and identify the fault or faults on your computer. Not only does a good service technican have the experience to deal with this type of problem, they also have the equipment that allows them to look at things the average computer user can't see, and he has a collection of replacement parts that can be used to quickly test individual components on your computer.
I know it sounds a little nuts but try it with the drive upside down or on either side or on end supported by some books, you can also try cooling it off in a fridge for a while. when a drive starts to go and starts making clicks and vibe noises you have very little time to get everything off. before you try anything make sure you have space to save the files if you do get in. Also look into Puppy Linux it runs in ram without running the hard drive, Puppy may be able to read your drive.
You BET! Max it out when you buy the RAM. This is where all of your open OS files and running programs reside when the computer is on and running. It is very fast live memory - and when it fills up during use, anything else that cannot fit goes back to the hard drive in whats called "Virtual memory" or "swap file" - significantly slower.
I can say with certainty that if you max out your ram everything will work much faster! and that hourglass will become a scarce event.
flashing three times means something physically wrong with ur laptop. could be fault with ur power supply, Hard drive or ram.
- with the battery, plug in ur power supply and check if ur LED is glowing and the laptop is charging well.
if the problem persists,
- reset the RAM and the Hard drive, [ for this take out the ram and Hard drive and put them back again].
if still the problem persists, take it to repair.
u dont have to worry bout the backup in ur laptop. a simple solution would be to get a 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure, install ur harddrive into that, connect it to a different computer and back it up!, but be sure what type of Harddrive u have , is it a IDE harddrive or a SATA harddrive.
enter the bios setup, if you can boot the computer/laptop. Usually F2 on bootup, it will say entering Setup.
Then scroll through the pages to see if your hard-drive is recognised by the system.
Mike @ Compurepair.
Hi, sorry to hear you are having problems. When this happens it usually suggests that the CPU/system board has failed. If the laptop is still under warranty I would suggest taking it back because this is something that will be covered and they should be able to fix it or replace the laptop itself. If not you may have to pay to have the system board/CPU replaced. Good luck and hope this helps. Si :)