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Lap top keeps shutting down

It seems it may be over heating. I can hear the fan constantly going. It is happen more and more frequent. The whole things just turns off. I can not reboot immediatly but insteaed I have to wait a little while adn then re start it. Could this be a virus or a broken fan? I just got this a year and a half ago!

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    Yeah. Me too. I heard using a notebook cooler can help.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009


    even mine have the same problems............. dell sucks!

  • elan_244 Mar 14, 2009


    even mine have the same problems............. tell me the solution for this problems..............

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This is a heat problem. Get a can of compressed air and blow it into all the holes in the side of the computer and bottom (if there are holes there). Most likely there is dust build-up inside.
This should help.

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