Installed new larger hard drive now crashing after an hour use
I recently upgraded my armada e500 hard drive from a 12gb to a 40gb hard drive. Everything runs fine -- for about an hour that is. After an hour my laptop shuts down and when I try to boot it back up it will power on and immediately shut down. Do you think my laptop is overheating? After I let it sit for awhile -- maybe 30 minutes -- I can go back and use it for awhile again. Any ideas what the problem may be, and if it is overheating is there any solution at all to my problem (that allows me to continue to use the 40gb drive)?
Re: Installed new larger hard drive now crashing after an...
When you say "shuts down" do you get a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or does it just shut down without an error message?
It definitely sounds like overheating.
Try using a laptop cooler, something like this:
(I'm not saying you should buy that model necessarily, there are many such coolers).
They can make a huge difference.
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first let's determine if the upgrade cause the boot speed.
Disconnect your NEW HDD and/or memory, one by one and see if you get back your fast boot. Then try with your NEW components only !
If you find it works better with new components only, then first connect your OLD HDD only and try.
If you connect both HDDs on one cable, check Jumper settings for both HDDs (Master/Slave).
Also HDD capacity and type is automatically detected by the BIOS and there is no need to put/change those settings manually.
I believe you new RAM is DDR type, too! As written in the manual for the board, your motherboard has two pairs of memory slots, and you can use one or two modules of DDR memory, OR one or two modules of SDRAM memory, but you can NOT put BOTH DDR and SDRAM memory modules.
I currently own 3 Thinkpad T-20 Laptops. They all have a 700 mhz processor in them, and so will yours, more than enough to run windows xp, in fact, I am running Windows XP Profession on one of them. The PC100 is the type of memory it uses, not the processor speed. i recently installed a 120 gb drive in one of them so you will have no problem installing a 20 or 40 gb drive, or larger.
have you ensured that the jumpers on the back of the new hard disk are set correctly? if you want your 40gb HDD to be a master you must set it to master and your 20gb as a slave if you want them both on the same IDE cable look at pic below the image is only a guide as I do not know what HDD you have.