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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

    It sometimes happens when i haven't had the computer on for very long but I guess if it is dirty then it doesn't need long before it wants to take a break?

    Is it something I can do myself? i mean, taking out the screw on the bottom and cleaning the fan and blowing air to get rid of dust/dirt in other places?


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Cooling is the key to keeping your computer free of these type of issues, the Blue screen of death is famious for microsoft, What is happending is the machine is getting hot and needs a rest from the overnight work it does, Solutions are:

1. fan under cpu needs to be cleaned
2. can buy a fan to put under unit to help airflow
3. Keep room temp 75 F to avoid heat

Make sure you run windows update on a side note.

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Yes...u can do by yourself...but remember try to refer to manual as it shows step by step ; )

Posted on May 26, 2009

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