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After some help from someone not as technically retarded as myself. My laptop keeps cutting out. It's like someone has pulled the plug ( it is plugged in) I couldn't try it on the battery as the b… Read More
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
After some help from someone not as technically retarded as myself.

My laptop keeps cutting out. It's like someone has pulled the plug ( it is plugged in)
I couldn't try it on the battery as the battery was not charged.

I could get it to work for a few minutes then without warning it would just die again.
It was fine yesterday except maybe a little noisier than usual.
I assumed it was the mega-twisted wire on the power supply and just forked out bought a new one but it's doing it still.

As it worked for a few minutes I am now assuming it is an overheating problem as the vent underneath was quite hot.
I've shoved the hoover hose over the vent and a little lump of hairy yuckness and fluff was sucked out and it has now worked for longer than previously without conking out and it doesn't seem to be getting so hot, so my question is would a quite small bit of fluff be capable of killing my laptop so frequently?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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1 Like #1
if it was stopping a fan from moving yeah.. without a doubt.. but you should be able to test it with speedfan and check your white out temperature..
1 Like #2
Get it checked out, as I had this with my old desktop and eventually cooked the MB and hard-drive.
#3
Beefnoodlez
if it was stopping a fan from moving yeah.. without a doubt.. but you should be able to test it with speedfan and check your white out temperature..


I've downloaded and tested with speedfan and it says

HD0: 33C
Temp1: 51C

This means nothing to me though, is that too hot? ( laptop was conking out after first 10 minutes before defluffing and has now been on for an hour without incident)
#4
No thats not too hot if its reading temp 1 as cpu temp.. thats nice and cool for a laptop .. did you hear the fan ramping up and getting louder before it conked out?
1 Like #5
depend on your hardware. they have different max temperature limit. but TBH 51 is not a high number.

anyway, this can be remedied quite easily. if the clog is not thick you can use air duster from outside. if its serious, you can open the back and clean it for your self (or ask the pro to do it)

in addition, use laptop cooling fan whenever youre not mobile. http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=laptop+cooling+fan&oe=utf-8&scoring=p
1 Like #6
Download and install Notebook Hardware Control

Very simple to use and will tell you if your CPU is overheating. If it is your CPU over heating, then it is either you thermal paste that has dried up and you can easily replace it (new thermal paste is like £2). Or you may have a fan that is failing to kick in. Laptops normally and passively cooled, but if they heat up an extra fan should kick in to cool it back down. This fan may have gone fautly. Again it is onl£5 - £10 for a new fan.

If you dont wanna use the NHC software then it may tell you your CPU temp in the bios
#7
It shouldn't need a cooling pad unless it being pushed hard though, thats not going to solve the problem if its a hair/dust/carp ( :-D ) block...
#8
damnit too slow
#9
Beefnoodlez
No thats not too hot if its reading temp 1 as cpu temp.. thats nice and cool for a laptop .. did you hear the fan ramping up and getting louder before it conked out?


I actually don't recall hearing any noises, it really was conking out before anything even loaded.

I'm hoping it was fluff, I briefly waved the hoover over the vent last night for the first time in about a year and obviously didn't leave it long enough to actually suck out but instead made any fluff compact and shift to one place preventing the fan working.
Now it's been properly sucked out it seems fine.

I am not really that manky, it's just not something I ever remember to vacuum.

Rep to everybody for helping
#10
Cool, glad its working ok now, watch those temps though after its been on a few hours and check against your max rated temps for your cpu..
#11
kyalion
Get it checked out, as I had this with my old desktop and eventually cooked the MB and hard-drive.


Happened to my laptop too,same thing suddenly cutting off without warning and no wonder,when I checked the underside of it was scorching. When it was left to cool for a while it went back on for another while,

It was under warranty though and took pcworld 6 weeks to fix it as it had to go back twice there was so much fried in it
#12
Beefnoodlez
It shouldn't need a cooling pad unless it being pushed hard though, thats not going to solve the problem if its a hair/dust/carp ( :-D ) block...


like i say, cooling pad is "in addition...", a longer term maintenance that he can do.
it helps you prolong the life span of your laptop. trust me

OP thanks for repping... i leve you some too
#13
nuabdi
like i say, cooling pad is "in addition...", a longer term maintenance that he can do.


Thanks and that's "she" not he.

It's been running fine since the defluffing, had it on for several hours just to check and the temps even went down to 49C, so seems it was fluff blocking the fan.

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