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Shuts down with no reason

My laptop shuts down while I'm working on it (skype, genera browse) and often will not reboot, only after several attempts.

please advise.

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  • Niri Bensadon Feb 09, 2009

    thanks guys, but the laptop is on a flat desk and the fan works big time.

    anything else?

  • cjbar Mar 24, 2009

    i have the same problem and have blown out fan and heat sync w/o taking completely apart. The machine runs fine in safe mode. I have restored with Toshiba Recovery Disk, but it still shuts down and reboots in normal mode while either working or surfing with IE7.

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I have the same problem of overheating, and I want to reach the cpu/heatsink/fan for a cleaning. 
    Are the any instructions available for reaching these ?

  • argirisb Apr 08, 2009

    I have the same problem of overheating, and I want to reach the cpu/heatsink/fan for a cleaning. 
    Are there any instructions available for reaching these ?

  • davesehome May 11, 2009

    It is ironic that this seems to be a chronic problem for P100. This has been an issue for my machine for several months. Once it cools it works okay. Although I havent yet taken it apart I would like an update on others that have taken the machine apart, cleaned cleaned out the fan, cleaned the heatsink and it corrected the problem. I only use my system on a table and expect it is clean inside.


  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Sounds like it is getting overheated. Do you hear your fan? Also, it must lie on a flat, firm surface like a table for the vents under the computer to work.


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When a processor overheats the system will shut down to avoid physical damage to the processor. An indicator is that you'll have to push the power button twice to get the PC to start again.
Do as Rtrahan suggests.

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    Frank Fernandez Feb 09, 2009

    The symptoms you describe suggest overheating processor regardless of the cause. It could be a heat sync clogged with dust or heat sync paste/tape broken down from age and so on.
    I know of no other condition that would cause a hard shut down as you describe. You can try letting the laptop sit unplugged over night and time the run time until it shuts down and time the run time shortly after a shut down and I'll bet that it runs longer when it's cold than it does when it's warm, suggesting processor over heat again.


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