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4yr old laptop

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February 4, 2013 10:51:03 PM

Hello,
My 4yr old laptop keeps powering down by itself, what can i do.. it also has a lifetime virus protector on it.

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a b D Laptop
February 4, 2013 11:12:03 PM
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Well, it could be various reasons.
What have you tried so far?

It is probably:
A. Overheating = See if you can clear-out any dust or debris from any vents.
Does the fan in the laptop appear to be blowing out air?

B. Bad power supply

C. Bad battery = remove battery and try and boot up without it (power cord plugged into wall)
a b D Laptop
February 5, 2013 1:39:10 AM

The problem is either:
a) HARDWARE, or
b) SOFTWARE

If it's a HARDWARE issue there's generally little that can be done except the above recommendations. Speaking of that:
1) Does it shut down under heavy use, light use, or when not using at all (i.e. haven't touched for half an hour)?

2) Is it powering down when connected to Wall Power or just when on battery?

3) As per above, if it's a bad battery then REMOVING it and running with just the AC Adapter may work (not sure).

4) If your AC Adapter is the problem, then verify you have a charged battery then just run on battery power (unless it's already failed under battery).

SOFTWARE:
This can get tricky, however one of the EASIEST ways to test your laptop is simply run off an Ubuntu LIVE CD:
1. Go to www.ubuntu.com
2. Download Ubuntu and burn a DVD (just change the $2 to $0 when it asks for money)
3. Insert the DVD and Boot to it (if it won't boot, change your BIOS so the DVD drive comes FIRST in the bootup order).

*Booting to Ubuntu eliminates BOTH your Windows Operating System and any glitches/settings inside it as well as the physical Hard Drive.

Still fails with Ubuntu DVD?
Then it's Hardware problem.

Passes with Ubuntu DVD?
Then it's a software problem.

Windows and Software problems:
1. Setting:
Go to the POWER OPTIONS and verify the SHUT DOWN time.

2. Windows:
If it's a SOFTWARE problem and it's NOT your settings then all I can recommend is REINSTALL Windows.

REINSTALL WINDOWS:
1. Backup all important data
2. Write down the names of applications to reinstall
3. Due the FACTORY RESTORE (there's a backup Image; you can initiate that with one of the FUNCTION KEYS such as F6 or whatever).
4. If you have the WIndows Install DISCS then use them. You probably don't.
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a c 248 D Laptop
February 13, 2013 11:03:06 PM

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February 13, 2013 11:03:09 PM

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