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Laptop shuts down prox 1 minute into startup.

I get to the desktop, the icons show up & then it shuts down. I have read other posts & have checked the fan, I took it completely apart to check if the heatsink was clogged...it wasn't, and I have taken the battery out & it does the same thing, (although I do need a new battery). Now I'm at a loss.
Any suggestions?

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  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    My dog chewed my AC adapter cord & I started using a universal one. I have been using it for a few days with no problems. I have to say that it isn't a "perfect fit" like the one from the manufacturer.

  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    Safe mode doesn't change anything and the computer doesn't stay on long enough to start System Restore

  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    I know you told me, that's why I responded to you. Thanks.

  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    I too was thinking it was a heating problem, but fan is running, fan & heatsink are clean, and after 4 hours of being turned off & completely cool, I still had the same issue.

  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    I'm not trying to disagree with you. I am just wondering if the battery was the problem, why does it do the same thing when the battery is out of the machine? I am asking because I am assuming you know more about this kind of thing than I do.

  • jacksjj Apr 04, 2008

    Thanks for the explanation. I will see what happens with the new battery and/or adaptor & rate I'll rate your solution. :)

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The problem may also be a thermal problem with the processor.

  1. Remove the heat sink and fan assembly
  2. open ZIF socket and remove processor
  3. re-install processor
  4. insure adequate thermal paste is installed
  5. re-seat heatsink and fan assembly
  6. reassemble and re-boot

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

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    Mark Williams Apr 15, 2008

    First to eliminate a thermal problem boot into the bios set up and leave it there for 2-3 minutes. if it still displays the set-up utility then the problem is probably your Operating System is infected.

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    Mark Williams Apr 15, 2008

    If the system remains in the bios setup without incident, then this software is for you.Hiren's Boot CD

    this is a zipped file that is a bootable .iso scroll down on the page to the download link. Burn this onto a cd and boot from this select antivirus and run the antivirus program before you boot into windows

    Keep it handy it is full of useful tools.

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The power distribution on the board is not correct. Try removing the HDD, memory, optical drives, and (modem, wireless card in case they are removable). If the system stays on without shutting down, one of these componets may be causing the same , plug them one by one to check .

If the system still shutdown, its time to replace the motherboard. or buy a new one

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

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    Mandeep Singh Apr 15, 2008

    Take the computer in system BIOS and let it stay there for few mins . In case the system stays in the BIOS without shutting down it could be a problem with the OS

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    Mandeep Singh Apr 15, 2008

    Take the computer in system BIOS and let it stay there for few mins . In case the system stays in the BIOS without shutting down it could be a problem with the OS

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Software or OS system can possibly the one causing the problem, a virus can also do this thing. Evaluate everything and i think it was only on your OS.

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If it's getting to the same exact point in the booting process, it makes me think the issue may be driver or malware related.

  • Upon turning the computer on from an off state, press the F8 key repeatedly until the startup menu appears. Select "Safe Mode" and see if the system boots successfully without shutting down. If it does, try installing a spyware removal program like SpyBot or AdAware and doing a spyware scan with that program in Safe Mode.
  • Again, try booting into safe mode (see above). Once booted, check the Start-->All Program-->Startup folder for things that don't need to be running when Windows starts.
  • If this issue began soon after a change or update of some kind, try using System Restore to go back to a date just prior to the issue occuring.

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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HI,

he DC jack (plug) inside the notebook (in the back) is known to come loose and lose contact inside thus creating the condition of "losing power while plugged in". This also could very well be a bad AC Adaptor. If you have another one to test with try it. If you still have a charging problem, try wiggling the plug at the back of the laptop a little to see if it makes contact and starts charging the battery.

Another way to test to see if you have a DC Plug problem is to use a Docking Station, if the docking station charges the battery then you definately have a DC Jack problem.

Finally i would like to say the problem can be with your battery try replacing it.

Goodluck,
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Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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  • Priya darshan Apr 04, 2008

    You can also try reseting the memory as well as the wireless card by removing them for 15min and then put them back.

  • Priya darshan Apr 04, 2008

    I already told you that it might be the power cord.Please buy a new one and see if that fixes your problem.If that does not fix then it is the battery.

    Goodluck,
    Please don't forget to rate the solution.

  • Priya darshan Apr 04, 2008

    Please don't forget to accept my solution as fixya..

  • Priya darshan Apr 04, 2008

    Believe me it is the power cord or the battery not the fan..

  • Priya darshan Apr 04, 2008

    It may be the battery also.But as you said before that you were using a different power adapter then this problem occured.Usually these kind of replacement power adapters dont work for a long time and hence they may result in spoiling the battery or the adapter is spoilt itself.That is why the laptop manufacturers always recommend to use their adapter which is compatible with the particular battery.

    I hope iam clear.

    Goodluck again,
    And please don't forget to rate the solution..

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Did you check if the fan is working, and temperature is ok, you need to use a software

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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    Ginko Apr 04, 2008

    If you can boot the system you use a software like speedfan to check if it shutdown for overheating.
    If it is turning off after one minute, if you start seeing windoows startup, check that is not a windows problem, you will need to do windows setup from an installation disk or using restore disks.
    You can discover if the shutdown is system related booting from a cd, for example recovery disk or windows cd. If the computer stands up with cd boot then you need to reinstall windows.

    If it shut down even booting from cd it is likely to be a heating problem. You need probably to replace the fan.
    Also motherboard or device problems can cause sudden shut down , but this is not a frequent case.

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