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You have a serious problem with the power and charging circuit. Normally if the battery is faulty the laptop can function with the power adapter plugged and running off the mains.
If a techo cannot fix without replacing the motherboard, then replacing the motherboard might not be a cost effective solution.
You salvage the hard drive by inserting it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
Sorry about this, you have very few options.
After bios upgrade had same problem. DISCONNECT AC POWER PULLED BATTERY FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES THEN REATTACHED BATTERY AND FAN WORKED ON NEXT RESTART. Also make sure boot menu ( tap F12 at start-up) is set to boot from Hard Drive. I also started on battery power with no ac adapter.
Could me many things. Let's think. I installed an antivirus once that would get stuck scanning some file, the CPU-- the main processor in the latop-- would go to 100% and would get so hot that the fans would go crazy cooling it down. It could easily shut down if left on all day from heat.
Another laptop I had- I read on the support boards (it would get hot and the fans would be very loud) that the thermal last between the CPU fan and the CPU would degrade, causing the heat dissipation to decrease-- the heat of teh CPU was not being wicked away through the paste to the CPU fan. Boom- the laptops would shut down from too much heat.
Did you install any new software lately? If no, it could be a hardware problem like I mentioned above.
Third, a friend of mine had a gateway laptop that would get very hot-- he could hardly use it. It was a loose/faulty graphics card that would get very got, causing teh fans to go on, and then the computer to **** down.
Many of these hardware problems are tough to solve over email like this because you need technical knowledge. Further, most of these require the unit to be sent in to fix, really, especially in the case of laptops which are tougher even to get at than desktops.
Call the manufacturer, as they might be able to talk you through a fix or sending it in. Even if it costs $130 bucks, it's still not the 500-600 you need for a new computer...
When you say "shuts down" do you get a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or does it just shut down without an error message?
It definitely sounds like overheating.
Try using a laptop cooler, something like this:
(I'm not saying you should buy that model necessarily, there are many such coolers).
They can make a huge difference.