I have a cheap compaq presario laptop that has served me well, but I spilled some coffee on it (small amount) and ever since the fan sounds crappy and it shuts off every ten minutes or so. It was aided by raising it off the desktop to allow better air circulation, but it still powers down on it's own several times an hour. What could it be? Is it a short? Fan going out on me causing overheating? Virus? (I have gotten many alerts on norton of failed hack attempts, but they may be wireless providers rather than actual intruders...)
As you have mentioned that your notebook is overheating. I suspect that the issue is with the Fan of your notebook . However, to isolate the issue please try to install BIOS update and perform the Hard Drive self test.
I am providing you steps to perform hard drive self test, because your notebook shutdowns randomly.
Here are the steps to perform Hard Drive self test.
1. Restart the notebook. 2. Tap the F10 key as soon as the HP logo appears. 3. Using the arrow keys, navigate to Dignostics Menu and start the Hard Drive self test. 4. Once finished, navigate to Exit Menu, select "Exit Discarding Changes".
If you are using XP operating system then in the 3rd step select Tools instead of Dignostics.
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Re: Laptop shuts off every ten minutes
Probably the fact that the fan is not working at the correct speeds (faster when working on processes), because of probable deposits of sticky coffee is more than likely causing the shutdowns, especially if there is no screen warning coming up.
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Locked up screen?? Shut down with button, pull the battery. After five or ten minutes reinstall the battery, Push start button. Screen will say window shut down unexpectedly and ask for start command. Start in safe mode and prompts should come up about your problem and ask you to send a report to microsoft. Do that and follow the prompts. I hope that helps.
try cleaning your computer of dust using a fine air blower from a compressor making VERY sure that there is no MOISTURE in the air line specifically around the CPU central processing unit dust causes static to build up in a computer causing it to overheat any many other problems also you could buy a laptop usb cooling pad 3-LED FAN USB NOTEBOOK LAPTOP COOLING COOLER PAD STAND or something similiar the cooling pads are very cheap and very good thing for your laptop hope this helps
If you have the internet, goto my computer and right click, then goto properties, enter device manager, goto sound,video and game controllers right click on the exclamation mark or your audio driver and click update driver, use the internet option to download the driver, it takes a few minutes so be patient. once done reboot the mechine.
If the laptop shutdown maybe it cause overheating. Laptop shuts down? Computers may not be smarter than people, but if
they’re designed properly, they will shut themselves down before
overheating to the extent that they do themselves damage. If the smart
person keeps turning the notebook back on and figures out a way to foil
the protection, the laptop is probably doomed. Once a laptop shuts down
for thermal event protection, it may refuse to power back up for a
fixed period of time, five or ten minutes, or it may begin to boot and
shut down immediately as soon as it boots to the point that it can
figure out that its too hot. The over-temperature protection is
generally a BIOS rather than an operating system function, so one sign
of an overheated laptop is one that shuts itself down while you’re
using it and then refuses to boot as far as the operating system unless
you leave it alone for an hour or so to cool down. Unless you’ve been
working in a very unfriendly environment, high temperatures, direct
sunlight, etc, you should take even a single overheating shutdown as a
warning to back up your data at the first opportunity and to give the
cooling system a serious cleaning.