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    Needing some help with my laptop if possible.

    Last week i noticed that when i leave my laptop idle and leave the room, when i come back the laptop fans are full blast and the screen is black (and crashed) the only thing i can do is hold the power button and restart.

    Today i decided to time how long it takes to crash (16 minutes just about, did it twice)

    Cant work out why, although ive just noticed my power management is set to turn off the screen ater 15 minutes (its always done this without a problem)

    Any help is mucho appreciated

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    Sounds like overheating to me.

    Original Poster

    Sematic

    Sounds like overheating to me.



    Thats what i thought but it works fine if im using it.. can be on it for hours and it doesnt overheat, only when it idles does it crash

    Are you sure it crashes?

    It probably is just the screen turning off, it happens to mine. Just change the settings on the power management options.

    Original Poster

    gd_miester

    Are you sure it crashes?It probably is just the screen turning off, it … Are you sure it crashes?It probably is just the screen turning off, it happens to mine. Just change the settings on the power management options.



    Nope, deffo a crash, cant do anything with it, tried pressing all the buttons, moving the mouse etc

    your RAM or CPU is not working as it should be imo, they might be overheating for some reason then your fans come on

    Yeah, thats what happend to mine, just try going to the power managment and change the settings where the screen/monitor is always on.

    Right now it is probably on the setting to turn monitor off after 15mins without use.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, ive set it to never turn the screen off, see if that fixes the crashes

    What operating system are you using and what are your power management settings, ie is the system trying to go into standby after 15mins ?

    Is this a new problem. If so what did you add/delete before the problem started ?

    Let us know if it works :thumbsup:

    Titchimp

    Thanks guys, ive set it to never turn the screen off, see if that fixes … Thanks guys, ive set it to never turn the screen off, see if that fixes the crashes

    Why not change it (instead) to 5 minutes? That way, you'll see if after 5 minutes the same happens, if not, you'll not be sure

    boydent999

    Why not change it (instead) to 5 minutes? That way, you'll see if after 5 … Why not change it (instead) to 5 minutes? That way, you'll see if after 5 minutes the same happens, if not, you'll not be sure



    Good idea. :thumbsup:

    If you've got an older laptop then remember that when they go into 'sleep' mode they take a few seconds to wake up again (although from what you said yours is acting like a teenager & refusing to wake up:giggle: ).

    The fans going full blast are definitely a sign that something is overheating. When you leave the laptop , where exactly do you leave it - is it on a table? The reason for asking is that wood is very good at heating up & retaining the heat, so it will radiate any heat back into your laptop; this may be causing your laptop to overheat.

    Try leaving the laptop on the carpet & see what happens.

    Have you got a graphic intensive screem saver?

    Had similiar issues with Dell laptops at work, processor hungry screen saver seemed cause it to overheat and crash.

    Original Poster

    Hey guys, sorry for the delayed reply, disabled the powersave, now instead of the black screen i just get a BSOD saying something about "threads"?

    Was thinking i might whip open the case and check nothing is blocking the fans but then i still dont understand why it would only do it when idle.

    I dont have a screensaver or anything.

    Problem for me is that i cant send it off to get repaired as ive gotta be working on my dissertation and the last time i had a problem it took 2 weeks to fix. So any help is mucho appreciated!

    there should be some error codes when you get the bsod.
    Look them up and they will give you a clue to what is causing the error.

    Anything out of the ordinary in the taskbar / cnrl-alt-del process list? Just switch off everything except the bare minimum and see if that helps.

    Original Poster

    vinylandtrinkets

    they may be dust inside the laptop, this happened to me a few days ago, … they may be dust inside the laptop, this happened to me a few days ago, pc went to sleep after 15 minutes and no matter what i did it wouldnt start back up. hubby took the casing off and blasted it with compressed air and its fine now



    Will give that a try thanks
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