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Overheating and sporadic shutdown - does this follow screen freezes and fan stopping?

I really know nothing about computers and their dodgy sporadic behaviour but my system just stops - screen freezes, fan stops working and everything stops. After a few seconds/minutes of sitting idle (i'm not doing anything to it at all, no mouse clicking, no ctrl/alt/del-ing or even just pressing the space bar) one of two things happen....

1: The fan powers up again and computer continues to process information, the screen starts to work again, mouse icon moves and then a few minutes later it will freeze again
2: It turns itself off, no warning, no error message just off. Sudden death.

And when I restart the computer there are no error messages telling me that something has happened it just carries on as norma for a while until it reaches the point of system crash and then.... it powers off.

I have, however, looked in the setup menu (by pressing del before windows (XP if that makes a difference) loads up and check the health status of my PC and the temperature readings are within the shutdown parameters, as it says that the CPU temp is at 40deg C and the CPU shutdown isn't until it gets to 97deg C... the ambient temp, however, is at 70deg C - does this make any difference to anything? Would mounting of extra fans be advisable (if so what models, how much are they and how easy are they to attach them to the computer...)?
I am also going to download some scanning software to se if that yields any results but we shall see....
Thanks very much for any help or asdvice you can give me

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I would suggest you have the fans/heat sinks cleaned as soon as you can. it is most likely shutting down because of heat (thermal shutdown). on some laptops the fan doesn't come on till close to melt down (my inspiron laptop is great for that). If you are at uncomfortable with taking the bottom of the laptop off to clean out the dust and dirt from the fan take it to a shop and have it done.
you may want to invest in one of those laptop chillers... basically a stand with fans on it. they make usb ones that get there power from the usb connection. abit ruff on the battery if you are not using a/c but better then replacing the cpu.


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