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Sometimes when I turn my laptop on, I hear the computer winding up then it stops. The screen remains blank. Sometimes I have to restart the computer 4 or 5 times before it comes on. And sometimes when it comes on it skips the login screen and goes straight to windows XP, with me having to enter my password. Do you have any idea what might be happening?

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Yes, WinXP's relationship with your laptop's drivers has gone sour, like Pet Sematary. Bury your laptop...no wait, just reload the laptop's drivers (Dell or Toshiba or whatever) so hibernate works correctly...or un-fiddle with any hibernate/sleep/low-power utilities you use. Alternately consider that your laptop's reading signals from the battery or a cooling fan; telling XP or the BIOS that component is not in tolerable condition, and thus shutting down.

Have your feet rolfed while you fix that situation up.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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I'm not familiar with that particular model, but in common with all computers there are a few things that could cause the symptoms you describe.

A heat build up can cause that to happen - like a laptop computer that cannot draw in air from underneath because it is resting on a desk/carpet .. air vents on the base of a laptop/computer should be kept clear. Ideally, laptops should be on a holding stand that allows an air gap underneath.

However, you say that it is only the screen that goes blank - the computer is still powered up. This suggests one of two things.

There may be a fault in the video circuitry (the card or chip) which 'throws' the display every now and then. It could also be faulty/failing RAM which, depending on what you are doing at the time, can cause the exact same symptom.

Just to confuse matters even more, a faulty or failing power unit can cause the same symptoms, though admittedly, it would be unlikely that your computer would remain powered up whenever the fault occurs.

Take the easiest first .. search for 'Free windows registry repair 1.2' and install it. Use it to scan the computer for registry faults and then click on 'fix errors'. If there are any registry faults causing the problem .. hopefully they will be fixed.

If you can, remove your RAM - the memory modules - from your computer and take them to a computing shop where they can be tested. Alternatively, can you borrow similar RAM from a friend and install it in your pC to try and re-create the fault? If you do this and the fault doesn't reappear - you know you have faulty RAM.

It's difficult fixing a computer and identifying faults unless you have it there in front of you. I would suspect the RAM. Take it out and have it checked.

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Right Click My Computer, Click Properties.
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