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Laptop keeps shutting off by itself

I have an M-series gateway. the computer keeps shutting off by itself after about 30-45 minutes. ive learned that its because the heat sink needs to be cleaned. where exactly is the heat sink on my laptop, so i can clean it?

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When you encounter about this issue this is overheating problem maybe the CPU fan is not spinning and faulty already, you need to check the CPU fan and replace a new one.

Computers may not be smarter than people, but if they’re designed properly, they will shut themselves down before overheating to the extent that they do themselves damage. If the smart person keeps turning the notebook back on and figures out a way to foil the protection, the laptop is probably doomed.

Once a laptop shuts down for thermal event protection, it may refuse to power back up for a fixed period of time, five or ten minutes, or it may begin to boot and shut down immediately as soon as it boots to the point that it can figure out that its too hot.

The over-temperature protection is generally a BIOS rather than an operating system function, so one sign of an overheated laptop is one that shuts itself down while you’re using it and then refuses to boot as far as the operating system unless you leave it alone for an hour or so to cool down.

Unless you’ve been working in a very unfriendly environment, high temperatures, direct sunlight, etc, you should take even a single overheating shutdown as a warning to back up your data at the first opportunity and to give the cooling system a serious cleaning.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

  • j cat Jun 30, 2011

    with these type gateway laptop computers like my 7405GX the heat sink compound is of poor quality. I had this quick shutdown problem for 3 yrs. then I found that there is arctic silver or ceramic thermal compound made for hot running processors..radio shack sells this product..6-10.oo dollars...no more problems...I used the cheaper ceramic thermal compound...

    this is a windows xp system ...works great ..

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If you can manage to open your Laptop then it's very easy to find out where the heat sink is.

You see there's an exhaust air fan at MoBo that's were the CPU heat sink put in. It's very near to the exhaust fan or CPU fan.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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