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Running Linux Mint 7 X64 on Toshiba Satellite A115. 4 Gig of ram. 150 Gig HD, AMD Tuion 64 processor. The bloody machine shuts down for no reason. No warning. No message. Just blam. It reboots, but isn't good for the machine. I need guidance, and patience, to help me. Please.
Only way to find out if it's not booting is to experiment? Will it boot a live-cd? Will it boot a different distro? Will it boot windows? will it boot a 32-version of the OS? Find out what factor is causing the problem, and experiment. could be as simple as a corrupt download, or an error when burning the disk
I'd just try ubuntu or another distro, chances are itll work fine.
If this happened under Windows or another distro, then it is a hardware problem. Try reinstalling Linux Mint and see if it gets better. If you have a splash screen(the progress bar at startup and shutdown) you can turn it off by backing out any splash options at startup and put in: splash=0 and you will see kernel messages when the computer starts up and shuts down. Look at them, and bring it back to the LQ forum and we will be able to give you more specific tips and figure out what's wrong.
Thank you all for your fine suggestions. I have an external fan pad which keeps it cool. I realize my wording was a bit vacant. When it shuts down, it simply turns off. I am able to reboot it. I will try the idea about the kernel. I've researched, today, and found it is a common problem with Toshiba laptops. Just as Windows is a virus, apparently Toshiba is a retarded Borg.
CPU frequency scaling? Dunno. Been too dumbed down by Windows too long. It's like learning to ride a bike, again. Still getting my balance. Will do more research on Ubuntu and it's flavors. Thank you all for your help. It means that dropping M$ for Linux was the right thing to do.