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Random power shut off...

The laptop starts off fine and runs for a little while and out of no where it just shuts off. I don't even know where to begin to try and fix it. It does this whether it's plugged in or just running on battery power. If there is a simple solution it would be very helpful to hear of it.

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I would highly suggest you look at one of my tips
http://www.fixya.com/support/r3557546-how_to_prevent_laptop_and_deskto_from_ov

sounds liek the laptop is shutting off because of a overheat, i would highly suggest you have it looked at by following the tip I left you.

please be considerate and rate both the tip and your solutions today followed by your feedback, Thanks

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