Hi, I bought my laptop in August 2005 so it's not two years old. I guess the last year or so I've had problems with it shutting down a few times a day. I use it quite often, perhaps leaving it on 15 hours a day on a normal day. I usually leave it plugged in all the time which I know is one reason why my battery now lasts about 10 minutes, literally. Anyway, sometimes when the computer shuts off, it's very hot underneath. But sometimes, and more puzzling, it will shut down and it won't be overheated. I try to keep the back end elevated to create more airspace underneath for the exhausted air to circulate and cooler air to enter. That helps but it still shuts down quite frequently. And usually, if I have Task Manager open, the computer is working hard with CPU utility at 100%. I'm living abroad in India right now and there is no BestBuy to take it too. ;) Have any suggestions?
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Re: Computer Keeps Shuting Off/Battery is Useless
Try running a good malware program like AdAware. Often these spyware programs can driver your processor to 100%, causing it to heat up too much and shutting things down. Once you have the anit-spyware loaded, bring your system up in safe mode. This will allow the spyware to search the hidden partitions on your fd, along with the rest of the disk. R-.
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Starts and idles ok, and reaches , normal engine temp.
ok, but stalls in both Reverse and Drive.
and restarts easy, after the stall. right?
no engine size stated.
ok, this can be lots of things but now my useless guess.
low fuel pressure,
is gas fresh?
was car parked for year, then started, or longer.?
when was the last time car was a good daily driver?
can you prevent the stall, with a fast right foot action.????????
the last question is very revealing....
last question, when was the last full tuneup done, 10 years ago?
On average, I've found that analog wristwatches that use a silver oxide (or alkaline) battery last about a year after a fresh battery has been installed. Digital watches, because they have no moving parts, will typically last longer on a set of batteries if you're not using the alarm or backlight function. Watches that use lithium batteries generally last two years or more between battery changes.
Based on your model watch, I would guess that your battery has run down too far to power the movement. A fresh battery will probably fix your watch. Hint: in the future, if you aren't going to wear your watch for a while, pull the stem out into the "set" position. That will stop the movement and extend the life of your battery. When you want to wear the watch, simply set the time (and date, if you have a date window) and push the stem back in.
This sounds like the bearings on the fan itself has gone. You will need to replace the CPU fan otherwise the computer will shut down when it gets too hot. This means you will have to disassemble the laptop to get to the fan. You can search for the fan by the model number from places like ebay. If you don't feel confident enough to take the laptop apart then I would suggest that you take the laptop to a reputable PC repair store and have them fit a new fan for you.
How long does the battery last, when you use your computer WITHOUT the AC adapter connected?
Did you purchase a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year warranty?
If the latter, you could exercise the warranty, and get the battery replaced.
Do you have any friends with a compatible laptop?
Does their battery charge to 100% in your computer?
Does your battery charge to 100% in their computer?
Have you looked on eBay to purchase a replacement battery?
Or, there is a company in Seattle that takes your battery,
opens it up, replaces the cells, closes it, and ships it back to you.
This could be less expensive than buying a new genuine-DELL battery.
Sounds like your battery is getting old. I had the same thing happen to me on my Dell Inspiron 220 I bought in late 2005. After 4 years the laptop battery wouldn't take a charge, blinked a brown LED, and would shutdown the laptop if I unplugged it. I went to comptick.com cuz of the low prices and searched by my Laptop Model, TYPE and Capacity rating of the current battery. I have a Li-ion. I found a physically comparable Li-ion that had more capacity Wh. I did a search on forums about 9V vs 14V and found out it was okay to use the higher voltage battery without any harm to my laptop.
I received the new battery within a week, charged it up the recommended time before using it, and it still works fine over a year later. Lasts longer too. My wife's 2005 laptop battery died about a month later and I got her's replaced from comptick.com too.
Second, it might be you have a virus. If so try booting into safe mode run cntrl+alt+del and look for files in caps (especially LSASS.exe and WINLOGON.exe) if these files are corrupted then you might want to start backing up your data and reinstalling the OS. Otherwise run a virus scanner like xoftspy to check for viruses.
Lastly in XP, for system restore to work you needed to make periodical check points so it is correct if the last restore point was August 2008.
The only other thing I can think of is going into bios and seeing if the computer reboots itself. This would probably eliminate any virus and point out a harware failure.