I was thinking that there is too much stuff on it so i cleaned out the hard drive. i have about 30%free. it still did it.
it seems that when i am doing a lot of stuff it wants to kick off like too many windows/prorams open.
it also feels hot- coould it be overheating? if so how do i open it up to clean it??????
It's very possible it's overheating or shorting out. All laptops are basicaly the same inside and out .The components might change but that's it really. Go to the web site of your laptop, the manufactuers usualy have a guide as to how to open up their computer. Usualy you simply remove the plate above the keyboard, remove the keyboard this will expose anything that may need blowing out and such.
Try this link if your unsure how to get to your laptops manufactuer: http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/2006/01/31/dell-service-manuals/
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Re: my laptop keeps shutting off for no reason.
Thermal shutdown.... basically yes it's overheating and shutting down before the cpu gets damaged... check to make sure the fan(s) are going and you'll need to take it apart to get to the fans and clean the dust and dirt out.
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This laptop has a SATA hard drive. The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
1. Check if the air duct inlet and outlet are free and free of dust. 2. If needed, clean it with a hard brush and vacuum cleaner. 3. Check if the fan is rotating, if not replace the fan unit. 4. Check if the fan is clean of dust, if so clean it.
For starters you need to start backing up everything you want to keep. Photos, music, files, passwords, etc... Saving it all to an external hard drive is the simplest way to do this especially if you have a lot of stuff. You can also use thumb drives or burn it to DVD's if you want. Your computer is telling you that it's about to **** out on you. Once you get all your files backed up, you'll need a new (internal) hard drive for the computer. Once it's in, pop in your Windows install disc & follow the prompts. Keep in mind that you'll need to put in the windows disc before you shut the computer off to change the hard drive, this way after you've installed the hard drive and start back up, the windows installer will run.
If you have not already done so,You can download free software to check your hard drive, from the hard drive manufacturers site (google for the support pages - samsmsung will also work with toshiba hard drives, Maxtor, is now under Seagate support, Fujitsu etc:- Itf the hard drive is on its way out, it can give you these sort of problems)
I would think you have an( e)ide hard drive, a 30 to 40 gb can be bought for around £30
Save any important data, now.
Simply buying the external hard drive is one thing. Did you simply plug it in, copy stuff over, or _move_ stuff over? You have to move stuff over in one spot to make room elsewhere. Cut-and-paste is your friend. Do not move programs this way -- just data, like videos, music, photos and word processing documents.
There's a wonderful program called ATF-Cleaner from http://www.atribune.org that can also search your computer for unused files. (Windows has a built-in program, too: click Start: Accessories: System Tools: Disk Cleanup). But the ATF-Cleaner is a bit more thorough, does more stuff. You may be simply wasting a surprising amount of hard drive space on stuff like temporary files that became pretty much permanent. You can also free up some space by deleting old System Restore files and the clike -- look through Disk Cleanup.
I think your fan might be broken....if the fan doesn't cool the pc,the processor or the chipset will automatically shut down the pc to prevent burning hardware.Or your hard drive might keep crashing.Oh yeah and abstract from this i don't recommend ever using mcaffe
crashes, as in locks up? What kind of video memory or card you have? And, how do you have it optimized(faster performance, most likely)? This takes a bit of 'tweaking' to get just right. got backup for your HP?