October 18th, 2003, 03:52 PM
Laptop Power Down Problem?
Ive had my laptop for about 12 months now, and ive been having a problem for the past week.
Every now and then, my laptop will power down and turn itself off without any warning (its plugged into the power outlet so its not the battery).
Ive got an anti virus and firewall which are updated regulary and i also run software such as spybot S&D, adaware, spy sweeper & The Cleaner every week (and they do pick up the odd spyware but nothing special).
It's driving me mad, any ideas??
Thanks in advance !
October 18th, 2003, 03:57 PM
WHich os are you running ?
Well if windows or sumtin, you better check your power profiles, there you can define when he powers down and stuff, even when he's in the power outlet.
Settings - Control Panel - Power Options
Hope that helps,
October 18th, 2003, 04:07 PM
Its just happened again, playing a game and it closed down
I'm running Win XP, and ive checked the power options, it is set to never shut down when its running on batteries/power, but it does alert you if your batteries are running low, and will go into standby mode if they get critical, but this just turns my comp off completely.
Any other suggestions?
October 18th, 2003, 04:17 PM
You might be having an overheating problem....dependent upon your laptop hardware, there might be a heat-sensing switch off module. I know when you play a lot of graphic intensive games with a laptop, the laptop units get really hot.
Space makes all the difference in a CPU, and when you're talking laptops, it gets extremely hot very fast with a compact unit. Might want to "ghettofy" your setup and put a small fan by your laptop I know it sounds primitive, but simple things work sometimes. Just a suggestion
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October 18th, 2003, 07:48 PM
Heat! Heat! Heat! OR..... Bad memory modules. Check to ensure the fans are working and if you have PC doctor, run a diagnostic on all memory stick/s.
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October 18th, 2003, 08:16 PM
where can i get that from?
October 18th, 2003, 08:45 PM
Never had that problem. You could just lay off the games and use a fan. Or you could switch to a VIA C3 processor. They consume very little power and are cool running. Still should use a fan though. The C3 is a 30 dollar processor that uses its own special board so it is kind of a pain to install one into a laptop. I have a PC and during the summer months I open it up, clean it out, then put an 18 inch fan up for cooling. You could try a similar approach. If I want to play games I use my PS2 box. After all, that is what it is there for.
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October 18th, 2003, 08:51 PM
I too agree it's most likely a heat issue.. read this thread..
and if you want to test your memory.. forget about any windows based memory checker..
get these two programs instead..
docmemory version 2
in my opinion.. docmemory is the better of the two
October 18th, 2003, 09:23 PM
I will agree it is probally heat if it shuts down totally. If it reboots and reposts(as in a cold reboot) It is memory or the power supply. If it reboots and doesn't repost as in a warm reboot then you have a software issue.
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October 24th, 2003, 11:46 PM
Thanks for the help guys, but i have 1 problem,
I dont have a disk drive on my laptop, only a DVD,CD-RW combined drive