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Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504 boots up sporadically

In May 2002, I purchased a Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504 notebook that has since deteriorated to the point where it typically fails to boot up. The notebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit in 2005 surrounding problems stemming from overheating and sudden, repeated shutdowns. (This 2/28/2002 PCWorld.com article may be of interest: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,86965,00.asp.) In May 2006, after my laptop experienced these problems, I took it in for repair under warranty following this lawsuit and got the problem fixed. In recent weeks though, the computer has booted up sporadically and typically either shuts down unexpectedly after several minutes of me using it, or freezes up so that I can't use it. In either case, the computer will not turn on again for days.


Some technicians have advised that I simply buy a new computer. The machine runs Windows XP on an Intel Pentium III with 512MB of RAM.
What is your recommendation?


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One of the problems I had was overheating, wich caused the same simptoms.
The ba***rd would not boot for about one hour or so after shutting down due to excess heat.
I downloaded the BIOS update from Toshiba, wich keeps the fan running almost at all times, but I also had to go cirurgical on it, since I had to disassemble the whole thing, extract the whole cooler, open it and clean the enormous amount of dust it had stuck inside. After that, never overheated again (well, once but I was using it in my bed, and the blanket was covering the air exit. I know... stupid thing to do).
If you decide to open the thingy, start by removing the cover just above the keyboard (a blunt knife will help), remove the two screws, lift the keyboard, dosconnect it from the board and disconnect all cables on sight.
- WARNING -
Make a schematic of it, or else it will be a little hard to reassemble.

Then, you can safely proceed to closing the lid, and removing the bottom screws. Also, take notice of the tiny marks besides the holes so you can replace the srews correctly.
Best of luck
Umbra

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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Hi, Sounds like the HDD is on its death march. I purchased the same Toshiha 507 from Ebay and after many Reloading attempts with Restoring to Factory System I deceived to purchase a NEW 80GB HDD from www.drivesolutions.com for 65.00usd. Now Laptop runs perfect.

God Luck on your Mission,
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Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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