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Run the laptop in safe mode and monitor performance, you can do this by holding down f8 when starting up. If it runs fine in safe mode and doesn't overheat it means you have a virus/processes causing the laptop to overwork. Also ensure you aren't running games/software above your laptops specifications and you can get a laptop cooler from any electronic store.

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Laptop keeps turning off/restarting every 3 seconds, repeats...

Please check if this laptop has an overheating problem. If it has an overheating problem, then please check the air inlet, outlet and fan (if fan does not spin, then you have to replace the fan). If it does not have an overheating problem, then you can test the laptop using another hard drive with a fresh operating system. If it still has a problem, then it means the motherboard is bad.

Feb 13, 2014 | Computers & Internet


How do I know if my laptop is overheating.


Overheating may ocurr if the air vent intakes are obstructed, or when the cooling system is defective.

A typical symptom is the computer shutting down suddenly and turning off completely for no reason.

To start you need to ensure that the laptop is not turning off becauseof a system problem.Sudden shut down can be caused by differentsoftware and hardware problems. There are several ways to check thisout.

You can for example start the laptop using a boot disk, or starting aWindows setup disk, and then leaving the system on for one or twohours. If the system does not turn off after starting from disk, thenthe problem is not overheating.

If for example you decide to use a Windows setup disk to do the test, proceed in the following way:

  • Start the system with the Windows disk inside.
  • Choose to "start system from CD" when asked.
  • Do not choose to install or repair Windows, just start the system and leave it hanging on for some times.
  • Ensure that the computer does not go on standby in the meanwhile.

Another way to check if the problem is overheating is by using a software like SpeedFan to monitor the system temperatures.
That would be a better way to check if the system is overheating, as it can give you precise indications on system temperature.
If the system starts and stays on long enoug to install and then to start SpeedFan, then install the software and turn it on. If temperature before shut down is near to critical value, then the problem is overheating.

This last method can be used only if the system stays on long enough to start Windows and run the software.

If the problem is overheating , that means that the heatsink fan mustbe replaced, before overheating ends up damaging CPU or motherboard.

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This tip apply to both laptops and desktop PCs.


on Mar 12, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook


Laptop is turning off by itself.


If your computer turns off after idling for a while, then check power saving settings, accessible from control panel.

If laptop turns off while you are using it, try first reinstalling the system to exclude system problems, or test the laptop starting OS from CD or staying in Bios settings mode, so to exclude installed system.

If laptop is still shutting down, then problem may be overheating.

Overheating usually happens when the fan is not coming , therefore when the computer overheats.Or the fan is not cooling enough and computer is overheating.

Monitor computer temperature using a software, check if Fan is coming up when temperature gets critical.

If fan comes up but does not cool enough, then replace the fan, it is not efficient anymore because of a bad bearing or dust. ~Also ensure that fan is well mounted, if fan has poor contact with CPU surface , cooling will be poor.

If fan does not come up, and critical temp is not detected, then the sensor on motherboard is bad, this is very uncommon. When this happens the problem is usually related to system or power settiings , rather than overheating.

If fan does not come up and temp is critical, then fan is faulty, replace it.

There are also more than one fan on many laptops, check that one of the fans (CPU fan, video fan) is not completely ded, and therefore cause for the problem.

By using the software below you can also find out if the problem is really overheating. If temperature results within normal range, then usually it is not overheating.In that case test systtem and check power saving settings.

Here is the software to control your fan and temp. sensor state:

Download SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer

Download SpeedFan 4.38

SpeedFan - Free software download

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Laptop overheated

Try to remove battery, wait at least 10 seconds, than insert it back and see if it turns on.

May 04, 2012 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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My acer aspire 3000 turns off suddenly when am watching videos and also when am installing office.

Turn off( shut down or restart automatically)?

It maybe cause from overheating from your graphic memory device/harddware or problem with your processor.

Are you have using fan or anyelse to cooldown your laptop during you using it?
Try something, using any fan that can cold and maintain temperature for your laptop to avoid it from overheating. Overheating is not good. It will cause your motherboard problem or screen monitor problem.

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I have an Acer Aspire 5551-2805. the problem i am having is my laptop just turn blank and only way to turn it off is to press down on the power button. Normally the laptop some time runs without any...

Your laptop is overheating, and it is shutting down to prevent it from more damage. I'm sure it is the CPU that is overheating as you mention burning, or using power hungry application will make the cpu to work harder, and increase in temp. There is a tjmax setting on the cpu that limits at a temperature when reach and shut down to prevent it from overheating. You may need to do some cleaning by blowing off the dust on the exhaust port, or even taking your computer apart and reapply your cpu/heatisink with new termal paste. Before this, check if your fan is working, and that your laptop is getting proper airflow from the bottom, you might need to get a usb cooling fan to help cool it down better in the future. I recommend not using this laptop much or long anymore as it will eventually become overheated and damaged.

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Hp 6735s turnin of itself and is overheating

To avoid laptop overheating, follow the information from this link.

Oct 26, 2010 | HP Compaq 6735s Notebook

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Turning off in 2 minutes automatically

My guess is that the fans inside the computer have stopped working, thus leading to the overheating. AMD processors generally run "hot" (50 to 60 degrees Celsius) even with proper fans.

Take your computer to a qualified technician, for a cleaning, and proper trouble-shooting, and repair, before the overheating causes permanent damage.

Jul 27, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario 2100US Notebook

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Laptop abruptly turned off and will not turn back on

Could be that it overheated. Windows and modern CPUs have features that will turn the computer off if the CPU overheats.

Wait at least 1 hr before you try to restart.
Then, I suggest you install CPUID's Hardware Monitor

to check for CPU temperature (should never be higher than 70 C)

If it's overheating, you may need to clean up dust and lint from your laptop. Turn it off, remove the bottom cover and blow compressed air. Replace the cover, restart and try again.

Mar 21, 2010 | HP DV9815NR Pavilion Laptop

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My laptop gets switched off while running though it has enough battery backup. And after that if i tries to restart it doesnt starts up for sometime untill it cools down. What can be done for that. I am...

Seems to be overheating problem. If it is overheating, the motherboard will try to turn off the system to prevent any damage to the processor.

You can use compressed air to clean the cooling vents

The following guide will provide more details

Mar 12, 2010 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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