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LAPTOP IS DYING,BURNING AWAY, PLZ HELP

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January 17, 2010 12:20:49 AM

Hello,
i have big problem with Advent laptop,is basically dying on me , and am very worried,
any helpful info will be greatly appreciated.
It wont stay on ,for more than few mins, its power converter gets extremely hot in 5mins, and the surface underneath, is unbearably hot, after 5mins.
Its been overheating for months , i have to say i ignored it,
and kept using it with AC adaptor, always plugged in for hours,
as laptop's battery could only last 10 mins.nomore,.
and that has been the case for few months now.
The last two days it started swtiching off on its own , and staying on gradually less and less,
and now it will only turn on ,after i tried several times...
and then it goes...very quickly...
I know not a thing of how to replace or change or even take the battery off it,
i just know that am in massive anxiety, please help me,
as i fear ive lost not just my laptop, but my files and data..
...what will hapen , have i lost it, or can it ever be transferred somewhere else and how?
..i will appreciate any piece of information,
whether it can be repaired or its worth bying a new one,coz of the cost of repairing it.
i havent got a warranty , as its 5 years i have it.

p.s.also, for 6 months now, it wont turn down ,just linger for ages on the shutting down mode, and have to turn it off manually , by pressing the button.
please let me know whats wrong and hopefully alls not lost!
Thankx mariane
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January 17, 2010 12:26:11 AM

Take it to a shop and have them pull the hard drive and back-up all your data.
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January 17, 2010 12:39:55 AM

jennygirl55 said:
Hello,
i have big problem with Advent laptop,is basically dying on me , and am very worried,
any helpful info will be greatly appreciated.
It wont stay on ,for more than few mins, its power converter gets extremely hot in 5mins, and the surface underneath, is unbearably hot, after 5mins.
Its been overheating for months , i have to say i ignored it,
and kept using it with AC adaptor, always plugged in for hours,
as laptop's battery could only last 10 mins.nomore,.
and that has been the case for few months now.
The last two days it started swtiching off on its own , and staying on gradually less and less,
and now it will only turn on ,after i tried several times...
and then it goes...very quickly...
I know not a thing of how to replace or change or even take the battery off it,
i just know that am in massive anxiety, please help me,
as i fear ive lost not just my laptop, but my files and data..
...what will hapen , have i lost it, or can it ever be transferred somewhere else and how?
..i will appreciate any piece of information,
whether it can be repaired or its worth bying a new one,coz of the cost of repairing it.
i havent got a warranty , as its 5 years i have it.

p.s.also, for 6 months now, it wont turn down ,just linger for ages on the shutting down mode, and have to turn it off manually , by pressing the button.
please let me know whats wrong and hopefully alls not lost!
Thankx mariane


Well, i don't think there much we can do. :( 

Best thing to do is get a new laptop. After getting a new laptop, you can do a few thing to get your info off the old laptop HDD.

A: if you got a large USB drive, (flash drive or external hdd) getting all your important data on that. (as much as you can)

B: if you want the spend like an extra $30 to $50 you can get an USB HDD docking station like these http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Products.aspx?C=1346

Then you can take you old HDD and get the info off it. (and use your old HDD as extra storage)
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January 17, 2010 12:55:26 AM

try a new battery
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January 17, 2010 1:13:31 AM

pete3867 said:
try a new battery

lol at try a new battery shes obviously haveing cooling issues eithier fan be clogged with dust or it just not working anymore and when it over heats all her info gets corrupted hence she can only shut down by holding power button. Take it to a repair shop have them look at it might be as simple as changeing out a fan and reloading windows if not that have them backup all your data for you and transfer it to a ne Laptop. There are a couple of programs u can get to backup your data for you and put it eithier to a new hard drive or onto dvds or even a flash drive i use Acronis true image 2010
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January 17, 2010 3:38:11 AM

I would say that the cpu cooling fan has become blocked - it is underneath most laptops and vents out the back of the case.

Flip the laptop upside down and use a can of compressed air to blow any dust and fluff out of the case.

Point the nozzle at the input fan and observe the dust coming out of the back of the case.

You can also use an old toothbrush to clear away any of the larger material.

Also check that when you power up the laptop that the cooling fan comes on ... it may have died.

A laptop cooling fan generally does not run all of the time as the cpu is low power, and the system bios and operating system push the cpu into low power idle mode when not under load.

The fan should come on after you load up something like office and your mail program, and then try browsing the web ... multiple applications.

Clean around the fan air input, and the exhaust, check the fan runs under load, and then if this does not help take it into a shop.

I hope this helps.

Good luck
January 21, 2010 4:56:28 PM

Thank you all very very much for yr time and great advice ..
..gave me much insight and really useful information,
i guess its mostly gone , as i had it for a week all off ,and ,
poor thing, it will now turn on only to switch off during 'start up repair' .
i am looking to buy a new one,
maybe thinking off HP,NB 610 T5870 one..
hopefully it will be easy to have the data transferred ,,all of what i have inside..loaads of staff..

Thank u so much for answering , really appreciate it :) )
January 21, 2010 5:13:39 PM

Thanks, Reynod,
the fan is certainly dead,,
coz last time i managed to open it,
(after actually 5 start up and repair attempts ),
as soon as i opened outlook and tried to burn files into a dvd,
well,
it went dead on me,
and thats the last time i saw my computers screen!
hasnt opened since, take it to a shop next !
thanks for yr time :) 
January 21, 2010 5:49:03 PM

thank u for reply : )
i guess its the fan-cooling function too, as the battery was nonexistent for moooonths...it was alwas plugged in to work at all..
it worked fine otherwise, aside the massive overheating..
i just wish it had given me more indications that it was going to break down.,,,
so i knew to back up earlier...
it just stopped ,like overnight,
it should have started malfunctioning gradually ,grr!
..is the data transfer an easy thing to do , to new laptop,
can i do any of whats suggested here alone???
i mean its unlikely, coz i rerally know nothing, so it will be the technician who does it,,do u know if it takes long, and if its quite costly that for me (the back up and then transfernce to new laptop )
..if u have time to reply , ill be grateful :wahoo:  :) 
jenny
January 21, 2010 6:04:42 PM

I'm with warmon :-)

if you really want your old files try to buy USB HDD DOCKING STATION , it's good
January 21, 2010 10:29:45 PM

It happens to old laptops. Laptops in general die alot quicket then desktops. They start overheating, hot, loud, slow. Just get a new one that is my best sugestion.
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January 21, 2010 10:40:21 PM

Laptops need to be cleaned on a very regular basis as they have a limited amount of area to do the cooling.

I use compressed air on mine at least once a month and if I don't it will also begin to freeze up and do odd things.

It might well be dying but it really sounds to me like more of an overheating issue that has gone ignored for the most part.

Doesn't hurt to try and blow it out and while at it make sure the CPU fan is working when it is turned on.

Cheaper to replace a fan than to buy a new laptop. :) 
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January 22, 2010 4:24:47 AM

Ok ... read on for an interesting solution.

1. Attach a vacuum cleaner nozzle to the rear output (where the air is blown out by the cpu cooling fan in the laptop... which in this case has died) and use somesticky tape to try to get some suction ... you only need a small vacuum cleaner like a dust buster ...

Fire up the laptop and copy all your files across to a usb hard drive.

It might pay to get a friend who can help you find wher all your work and personal stuff is on the laptop.

Then take it to a repairer who can hopefully replace the fan ... this should work providing you can boot the lappy.

Hint ... as it is booting close all the junk on the toolbar at the bottom ...

I did this with my old sempy 3100 laptop when the fan died ... works as an emergency.

Hope this helps.
January 22, 2010 8:18:22 AM

But i have a question , how do i open the laptop and clean the fan when it's still at warranty ????

Will this discard the warranty ?
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January 22, 2010 9:04:09 AM

Many laptops don't have an easy to open cover that will enable you to get right in there and clean the fluff and dust easily.

Using compressed air from a can or an air compressor and a tooth brush or small art brush to clear stuff from the grilles is the best approach ... particularly as laptops and notebooks are mush more difficult to service.

Cleaning the external grilles and blowing a bit of air through the fan port shouldn't void your warranty ... at least I have never heard from anyone with that as a complaint anyway.

Taking the unit to a qualified repairer is the next step with overheating problems.

Opening a notebook up while under the warranty will void it ... the manufacturers place tamper tape / seals and blue / red / green /yellow wax in strategic places and check when the units are sent in under warranty ... so don't pull one apart when in all likelihood the repairs won't cost much, or could be free.

January 22, 2010 9:59:09 AM

And you think it's useful when you use a compressed air through the laptop vents ?
And if you do that , i think the dust will just move to another place or spot only without blow it out .............
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January 22, 2010 11:26:26 AM

Yes ... the dust will move from the inlet area where is is jammiong up the fan ... through and over the cpu (and often GPU as weel) heatsink /s ... then out of the exhaust vent at the back.

Problem solved.
January 22, 2010 11:47:56 AM

Take it to a repair shop have them look at it might be as simple as changeing out a fan and reloading windows if not that have them backup all your data for you and transfer it to a ne Laptop.
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January 22, 2010 2:00:29 PM

LAITHKHRESHEH said:
And you think it's useful when you use a compressed air through the laptop vents ?
And if you do that , i think the dust will just move to another place or spot only without blow it out .............


There's nothing wrong with using compressed air and believe me it works I've been doing it for ages and I have no heat issues with my laptops.

The one thing that I do though is carefully slip a pick (toothpick or some other rigid skinny product might work) in through the fan blades to prevent it from spinning while I blow the air into the vents.

The force of the compressed air can make the fan spin far too fast and possibly damage it so it's better to keep it stationary.
January 22, 2010 4:31:57 PM

Ok tnx guys for the help and good information :-)
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