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Reply Hey Steve, thank you for your reply. I have taken out the CPU, cleaned it right out, reapplied fresh heat sink paste, the vents are fine, the fan was spinning fine. It does come on and off throughout when the problem occurs but it does that through normal operation anyway. The system does run hot but I understand that is typical of AMD CPUs? After further researching last night, Ive got a feeling that the SiS PCI to USB controller may be the area requiring attention. Theres def something dodgy with the USB bus side of it. If you have any other suggestions, im all ears! I would really love to get back in to DJing again and utilise my investment if you know what I mean... Thanks Steve.

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    I have a thinkpad 600.. Getting error 161 and 163. Replaced lithium batts did not solve. So i put back in old batts and of course still get same error message. I read somewhere that replacing batts. CR 2025 helped but of course i cannot find where on my laptop this is so i can replace.



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Did you reset the time and date in the bios. Replacing the cmos batteries will allow the bios to retain settings but errors 161 and 163 are not cleared until the date and time are reset and stored.

So put the new battery back in then set the date and time and memorise them - that should clear the problem.

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Inspiron 1501 error code 3700:0118

Three reasons a laptop will overheat and shut down:

1. Dust - Dust inside, dust clogging the vents, dust around the cpu and heat sink. Blow out the dust with a can of compressed air.

2. A Fan not working. Take the laptop apart and replace the fan. Just put Dell Inspiron 1501 Fan in the seach box on ebay. You'll see plenty of them at:

3. Thermal Paste around the CPU and Heat Sink has dried up or is too thin to keep the unit cool. Apply a fresh coat of thermal paste on the cpu and heat sink. Even if you just change the fan, apply a fresh coat of Thermal Paste.

Also you can buy a Laptop Cooling Pad at Tiger Direct for under $15. It plugs into one of the usb ports and the laptop sits on it. It has fans to keep the unit cool.

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Laptop crasc. no error report

Maybe it is overheating and it shuts down so that it does not damage the motherboard.

Three things that will cause a laptop to overheat.
1) Dust - Dust inside the computer, dust clogging the vents, dust around the fans, cpu and heat sink. Remedy - The best remedy is to take the laptop apart and blow the dust out with a can of compressed air. If you don't take it apart you could blow out the vents with a can of compressed air and it might work, but you will be blowing the dust inside.

2) A Fan not working. The laptop will have to be taken apart to replace the fan.

3) The Thermal Paste around the heat sink and cpu had dried up or is too thin to keep the unit cool. Take the laptop apart and apply a fresh coat of thermal paste around the cpu and heat sink.

One sure sign of overheating is that if you immediately try to power the laptop back up, it will not boot. But if you wait awhile and let it cool off then try to boot it up, you can boot successfully until it gets hot and shuts off.

You could also try a Cooling Pad that plugs into the usb port and the laptop sits on it. It has fans to keep the laptop cool. The pad can be purchased for under $20. Try Tiger Direct at:

When the site comes up just type in the search box at the top: Laptop Cooling Pad. When the search results come back sort them by Price Low to High and you will see them starting at $5.99 or so.

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I have acer aspire laptop. whenever i play any videos or movies my laptop suddenly shut downs. plz let me know whats the problem

uninstall your flash player ,,, and download a fresh copy from the adobe site ,,, if the problem persists check out the cpu fan and the heat sink ,,, clean the fan and the sink and apply some heat paste ,,,,

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If it has had a over heating problem in the past it may need to be service and have the thermal paste reapplied even if the fans were clean and air is flowing if the thermal paste has crystallized on the cpu it will still overheat. Could be drivers are you getting a blue screen when it fails.

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The first culprit on your system is overheating.If the processor overheats for any reason, especially: (a). A blocked/clogged cooling system, open the notebook and use a blower to blow out the dust from it's cooling vents. (b).A failing CPU cooling fan: Have the CPU fan and heat-sink assembly replaced. (c).Worn-out thermal paste: Reapply the thermal paste on the CPU and the heat-sink to enhance cooling.
If the above does not solve the problem, or are not cause of the problem that you are experiencing, the problem may be your CMOS or the SMC(System management controller) chipset. Resetting the CMOS manually via the CMOS reset switch on motherboard should solve the problem.
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The vents have been cleaned, so have the fans....anything else that can help.

yes! remove the heat sink from the cpu processor and remove the old thermal conductive grease from the cpu and heat sink, then apply fresh thermal conductive grease to both and assemble, make sure all dust and dirt has been removed from the heat sink fins

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My nv7802 overheats and shuts off,fan is running but the heat sink gets very hot

The fan may be running too slow (faulty bearing) or the fan and heat sink assembly may be clogged with dust.
Check the CPU fan to see if it spinsfreely, if not replace the fan. If the fan and heat sink is clogged withdust the remove the dust and make sure the vents are clear and dust free. Use acan of compressed air to do this.

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Laptop won't boot turns on then off after about


Your Laptop seems to be full of dust - Maybe your CPU Heat sink FAN cannot turn because if this THUS causing your laptop to heat up and shut down again to prevent your CPU from receiving damage due to high temperature.

Close your laptop lid, then put the unit on its backlcd. Make sure you disconnect the Battery and the A/C Power chord. With the emty battery slot is facing you, take note of the screw that is facing you to the right on the bottom cover. There might be others like this in the same area. The cover that you need to remove is of rectangular shape, and the largest cover.

When you have removed it you should see the CPU Heat sink and a FAN. This is the part where you blow the unit out at that spot with compressed air so that the dirt will no longer block the heat from venting away from the laptop mainboard/cpu.Please check if the CPU FAN is still turning licenly. If it doesn't turn or very difficult - replace .

Then, remove the 3 screws from the CPU heat sink and thereby remove the HEAT sink completely. Remove the CPU Heat sink FAN and clean it as nessesary. Use a small flat to switch the CPU from closed to open and remove it. Then clean it with a cloth and ethanol - make sure you remove all dirt and old heat sink paste on top if it. make sure you do not touch the bottom of the CPU and handle the pins carefully.

When you are done, place the CPU back and reaaply a eyedrop of fresh heatsink paste onto the CPU, lock the CPU switch again. Then clean the backside of the CPU heat sink where it rests on the CPU. When you are done with that, place the CPU heat sink back onto the CPU then screw the 3 screws back onto the CPU heat sink and onto the mainboard. Keep the sequence in mind. Reconnect the CPU Heat sink FAN to power on the mainboard with the cable then place the cover back onto it. Tighten all screws again and reconnect battery and A/C Power chord.

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My HP dv8000 starts up but after as little as 30 seconds it shuts its self down. I have blow out the vents and have even reinstalled windows.

Cleaning the vent is not enough in your case,
Clean inside your Notebook mainly near Processor area( you may even need to remove the processor and reapply the Heat sink paste again and check if the CPU cooling fan is working properly or not. Clean it too.

Your system will work.

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