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Toshiba Satellite A100 LE4000 Turns Off Randomly

My Toshiba Satellite A100 LE4000 turns itself off at random. I at first thought it was a cooling issue because the thing becomes hot as heck, but it now does it even if it has been off for hours.

It is plugged 95% of the time and the shut down issue has only happened when it is on AC power.

When it shuts down, no lights are on in the front, including the AC power light. When the lights are all off, it will not turn on for several minutes until the lights activate.

I have a brand new Toshiba power adapter that shows no signs of damage or wear.

I am thinking I may have to replace the battery but before I do that, I am hoping to get some advice first.

Any ideas?


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  • akaattari Feb 07, 2009

    I updated the BIOS and now my laptop won't start

  • akaattari Feb 07, 2009

    It powers up for two seconds and just before the BIOS would load, it turns off


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There must be still a problem with your current cooling system. try cleaning up your laptops fan. cpu gets heated up very easily even if you turned it off for a while. you can do this by unscrewing the parts, the inside must be pretty dusty or something. this also happened to me but from a different unit.

also, try checking for the latest bios driver for your laptop and to be sure, download it on toshiba site itself. because latest drivers for your bios also manages the control of your cpu fans.

if you could also get access to your systems cooling options in bios, try checking if your cpu's temperature are doing fine.

but i prefer you cleaning up the inside fans as well. hope this helps.

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    Sacraty Feb 07, 2009

    what do u mean it wont start? can you be more specific please? thanks.

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    Sacraty Feb 08, 2009

    ok heres what you gotta do. il be clear as possible as i can. have you updated the bios from the website? like from your manufacturers website?. i hope you did updated it only using the one that is specifically for your laptop.

    what you got is power issues, you could just remove the battery and plugged it in to work when your bios was still all good.

    the issue you are having now is mobo problem means motherboard because your cmos got messed up, you can fix this by going to the manufacturer itself and have em update it themselves.

    this is a common problem of Toshiba Satellite A100 LE4000.

    sorry if its my bad to not inform you to update bios specificaly desiged for the laptop. but the otherway around, you do realy have no chocie but to have it sent to the manufacturer for repairs.

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    Sacraty Feb 08, 2009

    if your lucky enough, you could also try this.

    open your laptop

    remove battery of your motherboard (your laptop might go back to its original default bios) it looks like a watch battery.

    run your computer. if it works then

    put back bios battery and you can use your laptop. but i dont think you can use your laptop battery, remove it and just plug the laptop.

    your original problem is if you use the battery, your laptop shuts down, the issue is coming from the computers power itself not really battery problems. so whatever happens, you really have to send it to the manufacturer. you cant use the laptop with the battery on and unplugged though.. you can oly use it without the battery and plugged.


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