Every now and then my Averatec randomly shuts down. Sometimes it shuts down after just a few seconds of being on, but other times it can work for a few hours just fine. Some things I have noticed is that the fan is noisier than usual, my AC power light flickers a lot, and the plug that feeds AC power is very hot.
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Re: My Averatec 3200 turns of randomly...
Check the CPU and Fan/Heatsink assembly. I have a pretty good feeling that the CPU is heating up too much and is not being cooled properly. There may be lint or dust clogged in the fan. You can get access to this pretty easy by removing a few screws on the bottom panel that houses the CPU/fan.
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If laptops do not come with an installation disc, sometimes there is a setting in the BIOS which will allow reseting to factory settings. When the computer is first turned on, it will usually provide a specific key to access the BIOS or setup screen.
A common problem with all laptop is dust. Sounds like you have 5 years worth of dust stuck in there. You should get a can of compressed air and blow though every vent you can! You want to loosen the dust that's in there and possibly try to blow it out and/or get it closest to the vents.
After that you should take a vaacum cleaner and **** out all the dust you can!
Dust inhibits air flow, alot! Its the number 1 killer of old computers.
Try this. Do a restart, and see if that error occurs. Then try shutting fully down, hold the power button in for 10 sec, and see if it works OK from a cold boot. Don't have a solution, but I have to do the same on my Averatec, and thier suppor is no help.
Im sure the virus would have stopped a boot up unless is was a bios virus which is rare.
It's sounds to me as if it's a processor problem, it seems to work at first which suggests the motherboard is working, but then as soon as the pc starts to work hard which is on start up its either getting too hot then shutting down or simply damaged.
I assume you cannot get into the bios as it shuts off too quick, but you may still be able to clear the bios by locating the cmos battery and flipping out, as the bios may not be seeing your hard drive and crashing,this will make your laptop pause in the bios first, so trying to get in the bios may be a step forward so as to get the laptop to see your new drive.