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Freezes up I have a Ibm thinkPad T20 and it freezes up after 10 min or less

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  • mushroom01 Mar 16, 2009

    I have same problem, T20 laptop freezes at different times when running XP with normal SW like firefox/thunderbird,...

    There is no entry in event viewer, which would help further.

    I already checked RAM with memtest86, no issue found.

    I also checked HDD with test-tools found in web. No issue found.

    Can it be, that HDD is still broken, but test-tools won't find it?

    Or do I need to check other area's?

  • mushroom01 May 11, 2010

    HDD and RAM is fine, crosschecked in another T20.

    Now I exchanged the thermal pad between cpu and fan against thermal paste. But it didn't solve it.

    It looks, that the fan stops working once xp boots. During BIOS checks the fan is on, but than it goes off. Other users reported similar finding, but I couldn't observe a real solution. I have latest BIOS installed already.



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My thinkpad works fine but one day I blocked the side air vents and heated couldn't escape. It finally crashed and did a self shutdown. I had a wait a few minutes but then it was okay again. Does yours lockup/shutdown after exactly 10 minutes or is it intermittant. Also what happens if you are in the bios and you are doing something for over 10 minutes does it still cutout or does it continue working correctly. It might be a software problem if the bios works okay. Also if there is a battery fault. May be the charger can charge the battery but cannot power the computer so when it switches from an exausted battery to main power it shuts down.

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This error can be caused by one or more of the below possibilities:

Power suply
Cooler dont work propertly
Or you are infected with virus
But most of those problem happent when HDD is damanged!

Posted on Oct 30, 2007


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