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Old 07-04-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
noel2458
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Gateway laptop shuts down after booting


My gateway laptop shuts down either imediately after booting, or while I'm online, usually within the first 5 minutes. I have a laptop cooler and aim
a fan at the laptop while using it. Could it be the hard drive? Is there any way of knowing before I buy a new hard drive?
 
Old 07-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Have you tried to clean the cooling system? A fan pointed to the laptop will bring next to nothing if the cooling system is full of dust.
 
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:48 AM   #3
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- use this in a terminal window to see if the system is over heating:
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watch -d -n 20 acpitool
- monitor the content of /var/log/messages for any message seconds before crashing

- try booting from a live CD to see if the problem is also there
 
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:55 PM   #4
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Are the internal fans working? Can you feel air blowing out the vents?
 
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your help. Using your suggestions I was able
to fix the laptop. I'm using it to post this reply.
 
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