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Laptop running Vista gets 'blue screen' and shuts itself down

I have a Dell inspiron 1420 running Vista. I have had it for about 1.5 years at least I would say and recently it is shutting itself down suddenly - going to the dreaded blue screen and then to the screen that gives the option to start in safe mode or normally, the latter by default if I don't select an option in a specified amount of time.

It has been doing this a couple of times a day for the last couple of days. It has happened before this but only on the odd occassion and then no problems. Any idea what could be causing this? I am on an island in a foreign country where I don't think that the computer 'shop' would have that much more knowledge than me so don't want to risk taking it there and having more problems.

I do have my computer on for many hours at a time often and it is a warm climate and though the left side of the computer feels warm to touch I can feel a fan is working underneath where there is a vent. Every now and then I notice an ant crawling on my computer though not always so i don't think they're living inside.

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  • divechick7 Apr 24, 2009

    Sorry, I posted this in the wrong place. Have moved it to the Dell inspiron 1420 area.

  • divechick7 Apr 24, 2009

    Is this something I can do myself by taking out the screws on the bottom, cleaning the fan, and then blowing air over the rest to dislodge any dirt/dust/dead insects?


  • divechick7 Apr 24, 2009

    Thanks so much. Will find the right size screwdriver and give it a go :)

  • Anonymous May 22, 2009

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This type of problem happens a lot. Usually its associated with heat and dirt(dust). A good cleaning will increase your air flow and probably fix your problem.

Either way you MUST see whats happening inside...it can certainly be insects clogging critical areas...I've seen it before.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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    PitVipermd Apr 24, 2009

    Yes you can do that...just be aware when you are taking things apart you are paying attention to detail...some things can be spring loaded,...others can fit together by pressure..search google for proper take down on your laptop...



    I would search for "cleaning my Dell laptop" try other key words like internal cleaning etc...etc..if nothing helpful shows in the search.

    Others have had the same type problems, so you are bound to find something that can assit you...take your time and do it right.



    I don't expect you will run into problems like I listed...but I have before on other electronics...and it can ruin your day.

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