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Freezing/Power Problem I have had this laptop for about two years now and have never had a problem with it. Recently while the running the computer normally, (no huge programs running) the keyboard stops working all together, including no Caps Lock LED, or function keys. About a minute or two later, the computer freezes and I am forced to power it off. I let it cool off for a little bit and powered it up again, and after about an hour of running, the same situation occurs. I disassembled the unit, cleaned the heatsink and fan and checked for simple problems. Regardless, I had the same problem. Sometimes when I try to power it on now, the computer will boot up to the point where it should display the TOSHIBA logo, but right before that point it will shut down. Also, the correct LEDs are illuminated. I do not think the computer is over heating - there is no dust and the fan runs normally. The keyboard is properly plugged in, along with everything else underneath the hood. The laptop has been plugged into AC power 99% of the time over the past 2 years, perhaps it is something with the power/battery? Any possible solutions?

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  • clo616 Sep 14, 2008

    my laptop is 3 years old and just started to have the same problem. it will run normally for about 5 minuets than freeze up. I was told it was the motherboard it this true

  • JoeCicco Sep 27, 2008

    Same problem here. Mine is just over 3 years old. I never had a problem with it. Then, about one month ago, I'd turn it on and sometime during the boot sequence it would freeze. Pressing on the case near the touchpad got it to continue running, and then it would freeze again. I'm not sure what's wrong with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Irangel Oct 07, 2008

    Well, I have a Tosiba m 45-s265 with two partitions, one for linux and the other for Windows XP. I've been using it for 3 years (or more) and I think i have the same problem recently.

    Firstly, I was working on Linux (centos 5) and it got stuck. It started with the pointer, then the keyboard, then the power button. I turned off the machine and it got stuck before any boot sequence when it tried to turned it on. Then I let it "rest" for a few minutes. When I restarted it I did it on Windows XP. At the beginning it was ok, and then it got stuck again, as it happened in Linux.

    I checked if it was the network card and the hard drive, but it wasn't. I could test them with a bootable UBUNTU CD (7.10) and it worked without any problem, but when I restarted it the problem returned. It got stuck again.

    I'm looking for BIOS upgrade to see if it can fix it. I would appreciate any help.




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I had the same problem since last week. I suspected the RAM (the add-on 1GB RAM which I installed when I bought my Portege 2 years ago). I removed the addon RAM, could be easily done from the bottom side. I appears to be alright. I am still testing. However, please let me know if you have an addon RAM? If yes, could you please remove and try? Let me know the result by mailing to

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